Nov 18 2014

Important Information You Need to Know If You Travel South With Your Dog For the Winter

New Policy for Dogs Travelling to the US:

Whether you are a ‘snowbird’ who spends winters in the southern US or simply a vacationer who travels with your canine companion you should be aware of new changes to the Rabies vaccination requirement for your dog.

Rabies vaccination is required for ALL dogs entering the United States from Canada (deemed as a country where rabies is present).  Puppies cannot be vaccinated for Rabies until 12 weeks of age (3 months) and must have had a rabies vaccination 30 days prior to entry into the US.  (Bottom line is that puppies under 4 months of age will not be allowed entry into the US).  All dogs must have a current Rabies vaccination, with the most current vaccination given a minimum 30 days prior to entering the US.  This new policy comes from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

When traveling please ensure that you carry proof of current Rabies vaccination with you.  For more information go to http://www.cdc.gov/animalimportation/dogs.html

Note:  Rabies vaccination is not the only thing to consider when crossing the border with your pooch – parasite prevention is very important especially when traveling to the more southerly states.  Please contact us to discuss your travel arrangements and parasite protection for your dog.

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