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    Crossing the Canadian border with a cat

    We're planning on going to Alaska next year, so we attended a session on international travel today at Escapade. We heard, again, that DOGS must meet all sorts of requirements in order to cross from Canada into the United States. We asked the presenters about CATS and were told that they are subject to the same rules, and that we could find out all the details at coc.gov. I went there and searched for CATS crossing the border. Nothing. I did find the lengthy list of rules for DOGS.

    Does anyone know for sure about CATS crossing the border? I'd hate to subject our 13-year-old indoor cat to unnecessary procedures due to faulty information.
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    https://www.inspection.gc.ca/en/impo...s-animals/pets This is all the official info I could find
    Bring your rabies cert, signed and have the rabie vax lot on it.

    Also not required but travel with a copy of all the recent vet records in case you need it (we always keep a copy of records in the trailer)
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    There are most definitely new requirements for bringing dogs into the US going in to effect starting August 1, 2024. These requirements are heavily documented on the CDC website. The information clearly states that dogs not meeting the new requirements will be refused entry in to the US, and will be transported back to the country they are coming in from at the owners expense. What a nightmare if they actually go through with this threat!

    Be advised that the new requirements apply to ALL dogs, regardless of whether they are coming in to the US for the first time (import), or if they are simply returning from travels with US owners. Further, there is a long list of countries considered “high risk”, and if your dog has been in any of these prior to coming in to the US, the requirements are even more stringent.

    We are entering Canada this summer as part of our summer RV trip with our 12 year old border terrier, and returning back to the US after August 1. We are therefore subject to the new requirements to get her back across the border. It has been a costly nightmare to meet the requirements.

    - she had to be re-chipped with a 15 digit ISO compliant international chip, even though she has had a 9 digit chip implanted since her puppy days.
    - she has had to have another rabies booster shot AFTER the compliant chip was implanted, even though she was just boosted last October
    - our vet had to submit detailed information to a USDA system and certify everything at the risk of loosing his license. the USDA then has to review everything and endorse a certification document that the vet just got back to us today. This form is required to get the dog back into the US.
    - all of these steps have to be completed by a USDA certified vet. Not all vets have this certification
    - 2 to 10 days before we attempt to bring the dog back across the US border, we as owners have to go to yet another online system to file for an import certificate for the actual day of the crossing.
    - our bills for all of this so far are about $500

    I urge anyone attempting to bring their pet back into the US after August 1, 2024 DO THEIR HOMEWORK ON THIS. It’s a huge ordeal that very few are yet familiar with. Don’t believe postings that say stuff like “no big deal, just bring your vet records”. It is not true after August 1, 2024, unless something changes with this fiasco.

    Let me add … this is NOT a Canada requirement. It is a US requirement. Here is a link that summarizes things …

    https://www.cdc.gov/importation/brin...-august-1.html

    Looks like cats might be off the hook …

    https://www.cdc.gov/importation/brin...ates/cats.html
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    wow.....pretty strict requirements for pets. What are they worried about? A radicalized terrier? It's easier for humans....lol
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    They are worried about a recent trend of importing strays for adoption in the US from other countries with diseases not found in the US and Rabies. It has been in the veterinary news for some time. Rabies variant is the main concern.

    https://news.vin.com/doc/?id=12146666

    I am on the Rabies Committee for my state and I am sure this will be on our agenda. I am an accredited veterinarian and will try to update this list as I get more information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g8rvet View Post
    They are worried about a recent trend of importing strays for adoption in the US from other countries with diseases not found in the US and Rabies. It has been in the veterinary news for some time. Rabies variant is the main concern.

    https://news.vin.com/doc/?id=12146666

    I am on the Rabies Committee for my state and I am sure this will be on our agenda. I am an accredited veterinarian and will try to update this list as I get more information.
    Our vet is USDA certified, but was still caught off guard by these requirements. We were only his second client to request this certification … his first was just 1 week before us. Ironically, he does not yet have the USDA certificate for that client.

    I have read many postings on other sites re: owners scrambling/panicking, USDA certified vets not being available in their areas, and vets even refusing to go through the process on the basis they simply don’t have the time. It seems to me if US border staff really strictly impose this new requirement on August 1, there will be chaos at border crossings with both Canada and Mexico (what else is new), and also international airports. Further, this idea that non-compliant pets will be rejected back to the “exporting” country is absurd. I can’t imagine any foreign country suddenly accepting large numbers of non-compliant US pets without their owners. It’s just a ridiculous response to a problem that will be a mess.

    Like most US dogs, our dog has been vaccinated for rabies her entire life. Like any responsible owner, we have records of all of it. There is no reason to impose any additional “certified records” requirements on US pet owners traveling with their pets. Also, it is ridiculous to force us to re-chip and re-vaccinate our pets. Completely unnecessary medical procedures.

    FWIW, our vet advised us not to re-chip or re-vaccinate our dog. He would have preferred we simply not taken her into Canada at all. He thinks all of this is completely unnecessary for US pets that have adequate vaccinations and vet issued proof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g8rvet View Post
    They are worried about a recent trend of importing strays for adoption in the US from other countries
    I am surprised that is an issue. Why take an animal to a different country for adoption?!? Is there a shortage of puppies/kittens in the USA?
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    I agree 100%. It is basically an insane over reaction. I do agree with a chip to travel, but not accepting a prior chip is silly. Typical government overreaction to a small problem, that although it does need to be addressed, the implementation is insane. Sounds more like another Fauci type reaction, doing something just to do something.

    I don't personally know any vet that is not USDA certified, but I am sure they exist. I was simply responding to a question upthread about why it was happening, not if it was being well implemented. It is not.

    There should be a difference between a US based pet dog traveling with owner returning to US from a non-risk country that is much more simple. Honestly, the CDC pretty much messes up everything it touches.

    This is easy compared to getting a pet into Hawaii. THAT is a nightmare. But it is at least understandable as they are Rabies free.

    I will try to write a more simple to understand checklist for RV travelers once I have a better handle on it.

    Just curious, did you travel to and return from Canada during COVID once the border opened? The first year I swore I was not going back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g8rvet View Post
    Just curious, did you travel to and return from Canada during COVID once the border opened? The first year I swore I was not going back.
    We have traveled in Canada prior to the plague, but not with an RV or a dog. We have not been in Canada since. This diversion into Canada as a part of our summer “beat the heat” RV trip is sort of a test case. We plan to cross the border near Vancouver after visiting friends in Anacortes, WA. We plan to return to the US near Glacier National Park to a little town called Whitefish, MT. Our main stop in Canada is Revelstoke, BC. We will see if the “juice is worth all of the squeeze”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott'n'Wendy View Post
    I am surprised that is an issue. Why take an animal to a different country for adoption?!? Is there a shortage of puppies/kittens in the USA?
    It is surprisingly, because the CDC is worried about the dog variant of Rabies that was eradicated in the US. I know of some dogs a few year back sent from Egypt to be adopted in US that had the dog variant. There is certainly no shortage and I cannot fathom why anyone is importing animals from high risk countries to be adopted in the US, but it is happening (on a very limited scale though from what I have read).
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