Bringing pets to Canada

We keep pets for company. Some people keep dogs as pets. Others keep cats, birds, or rabbits as pets.

Pets are like our family members. If you can’t bear to leave your beloved pet behind, you need to understand the requirements of the Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which establishes import requirements for all animals and animal products entering Canada.

Below are key things to keep in mind:

  • Contact your airline to know about their specific rules for bringing your pet on a flight. Rules may differ from airline to airline.
  • Arrange a health check in advance to make sure your beloved pet is fit to travel.
  • Keep the health certificates or other documentation when entering Canada on hand. You can find permit application information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.
  • Choose the correct Pet carriers that provide your pet enough room to lie down, turn around and stand. The International Air Transport Association has issued guidelines on pet carriers.
  • On longer trips, make sure your pet has food and water. Try to get them out out for rest or walk around (if allowed) during stop overs
  • All pet food entering Canada must be in a sealed (unopened) bag. A maximum of 44 pounds of food is allowed.