Pet Travel Essentials and New US Border Control Regulations  

As of August 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented new regulations concerning the entry of dogs into the USA.  

You can review the guidelines here:  

From August 1, 2024, Onward: What Your Dog Needs to Enter the United States 

Additional requirements may apply depending on where the dog has been in the last 6 months and whether or not the dog was vaccinated in the United States. Use the CDC’s Q&A tool (the CDC “DogBot”) to determine what rules apply to your dog.

Go to the DogBot


Pet Travel Essentials and New US Border Control Regulations  

When travelling out of Ottawa, proper preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and stress-free travel experience for both you and your pet. We understand the importance of thorough preparation when travelling with pets, which is why we’ve compiled this essential checklist to help you get ready for the road ahead. 

  1. Obtain Required Documentation: Depending on your destination, you may need to obtain specific documentation for your pet, such as health certificates or vaccination records. Check with your veterinarian and the relevant authorities to ensure you have all the necessary paperwork for a smooth journey.
  2. Update Identification Tags: Make sure your pet’s identification tags are up-to-date with your current contact information, including your phone number and home address. If your pet has a microchip, ensure the information connected to such is updated as well, ensuring your pet will always find their way home.
  3. Pack Pet Essentials: Don’t forget to pack essential items for your pet’s journey, including food, water, bowls, medications, a leash, waste bags, bedding, and familiar toys or comfort items. Pack enough supplies to last the duration of your trip, including any unexpected delays.
  4. Choose the Right Carrier or Crate: If travelling by plane or car, ensure your pet has a secure and comfortable carrier or crate that meets airline or transportation regulations. Introduce your pet to the carrier or crate well in advance of travel to help them acclimate and reduce stress.

By following this essential checklist, you can ensure your pet is well-prepared for travel and set yourself up for a successful and enjoyable journey. If you have any questions or need further advice on travelling with your pet, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team here at Carling Animal Hospital.