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New rules for dogs entering the U.S.

July 04, 2024

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an update to its dog importation regulations and subsequent changes to its import requirements for dogs entering the U.S. These changes take effect Aug. 1 and will impact dogs travelling from Canada to the U.S. Dogs now entering the U.S. must:

  • Be at least six months of age.
  • Have an International Organization for Standardization-compliant or universally readable microchip.
  • Appear healthy upon arrival.
  • Have a CDC Dog Import Form receipt (this form is completed by the pet owner and must be submitted through the CDC website).
  • Have an export document issued and signed by a licensed Canadian veterinarian.
  • Have additional documentation, which varies depending on where the dog has been in the past six months before entering the U.S., and the dog's rabies vaccination status.

To understand the requirements and responsibilities, pet owners can visit the CDC website and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website

OVMA members can view further details and frequently asked questions.

This information is current as of July 17.