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CDC Requirements for Dogs Travelling to the US

Last updated: July 22, 2024. Please note that this information may not be current.

We’ve been fielding many calls from clients regarding the new CDC Dog Import requirements. As of July 22, 2024, the CDC has dropped many of the requirements for dogs entering the US from Canada, as long as the dog has been only in countries that are dog rabies-free or low-risk in the 6 months before entering or returning to the U.S.

In these cases, upon entrance into the US, the dog(s) must:

  • Be at least 6 months of age
  • Appear healthy upon arrival
  • Must have a microchip that is either ISO-compliant or universally readable

They must also be accompanied by a CDC Dog Import Form, which is completed by the dog owner. More details about this form can be found here. For dogs that have only been in Canada (or another rabies-free or low-risk country) for the 6 months prior to entry, you do not have to have your veterinarian sign off on any paperwork/forms, nor do you need veterinary records, as previously required. At this time it appears that neither rabies vaccination nor proof of vaccination is required. Dogs who have been in high-rabies countries are subject to different import restrictions and requirements, which can be found on the CDC website and are linked below.

If you are an active client and your dog needs to be microchipped, please give us a call at (807) 345-3353 Option 0. All our microchips are ISO-compliant and meet the CDC requirements for microchips.

This process has been extremely fluid and at times frustrating for ourselves and our clients, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigated the earlier requirements.

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