Travel With Pets

Travel With Pets

Travel with Pets in Canada

A well planned move with your pet is much less stressful for everyone involved. Here are some quick tips and useful links when travelling with pets:

Your Temporary Furnished Accommodations

When booking your temporary furnished accommodations, ensure to inform your Corporate Housing Specialist at the time of your inquiry that you are travelling with a pet.

  • Request a pet friendly location only (pets are permitted) and provide type of pet(s) and weight.
  • Confirm weight and size restrictions (most pet friendly properties only permit a maximum of 20 lbs.).
  • Confirm any fees associated with introducing a pet into your temporary accommodations. There is usually a one time pet fee ranging from $150.00 to $600.00 depending on the city and property.
  • Arrange any special needs with housekeeping services prior to arrival. We can confirm in advance your housekeeping day of the week so that you can be prepared in advance should you wish to place your pet in a kennel cage or closed room. Providing the name of your pet is a good idea for housekeepers to know.
  • Inquire as to any pet policies enforced by the building itself. For example most properties do require that a pet is leashed at all times in the common areas of the building, while others require that you carry your dog thru the common areas or enter in and out of certain access points of the building.
  • Inquire as to any parks or green space nearby for taking your pet out for walks.

Transportation

It is most important even prior to making any transportation arrangements that you confirm with the country of origin of any restrictions or requirements needed to import your pet. Some countries do not permit any pets from being transported into the country at all and others may require animals to be put into quarantine for a lengthy period of time before release.

Air Travel

  • Confirm any rate restrictions that apply.
  • Travel with PetsConfirm carrier requirements and restrictions. Check with your airline to make sure the pet carrier you plan on using is acceptable to them.
  • Some airlines offer the use of special kennels for a more comfortable travel.
  • Confirm any costs associated with transporting your pet.
  • Have all veterinary records with you when traveling. Depending on your destination in all cases of travel, a complete veterinary inspection may be required prior to travelling or permitted upon arrival.
  • Pets can often fly with someone for a lower fee than the straight shipping cost. Check with the available airlines for comparable costs.
  • You can also inquire with companies that assist with pet travel and make all the arrangements for you.

It is the shipper’s responsibility to verify if there are any shipping restrictions for the country of origin or destination. This information can be found on the customs website of most countries. Most airlines require a health certificate for any animal they are transporting, whether in the cabin or as an unaccompanied shipment. Health certificate is delivered by your veterinarian and stipulates that the animal is healthy and fit to fly.

Air Canada:  Travelling with PetsAC Live is Air Canada Cargo’s designated shipping solution for live animals

WestJet: Pets are our guests too. Here’s what you need to know to fly with your best friend.

IATA (International Air Trasnport Association): Detailed information on the transportation of your cat or dog by air is available on the Traveler’s Pet Corner

Pet Travel: Difference between Cabin & Cargo Travel

Health Documentation & Requirements

Every country has its own requirements for vaccinations, quarantine and importing requirements. If traveling to a different country, ensure that you confirm ahead of time of any regulations or restrictions.

Just as with people traveling to different countries, ensure that you have your pet vaccinated not only with the required vaccines, but within the time frame required. Speak with your veterinarian in regards to other possible vaccines they may be recommended depending on the country you are moving to. For further information, see the Other Useful Links below.

Pet Travel Services & Assistance

Due to time constraints, difficulty assessing all the countries requirements and/or to ensure the least stressful travel for your pet, you may consider a pet travel service. Services that can be provided include and are not limited to Canada Customs Clearance, Collection of pets at arrival, Transfer and/or onward travel by air, Boarding if you require some additional time before receiving your pet and Delivery to your door.

Other Useful Links

Resource Blog: Travelling with pets across the border between the US and Canada

Canadian Food Inspection Agency-Domestic dogs and cats entering Canada do not have to be quarantined.

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  • animals entering Canada permanently
  • animals in transit through Canada on their way to a final destination
  • animals entering Canada for a temporary visit

Importing or travelling with domestic dogs

Importing or travelling with domestic cats

Travel Documents for Your Pet Before you leave Canada

Requirements and regulations normally differ from country to country and can change with little notice. Please ensure to visit the links above to obtain the most updated information. 

Disclaimer: The information contained above has been prepared and/or compiled by Reliant Worldwide Inc. drawn by sources deemed to be reliable. However, Reliant Worldwide Inc. does not assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information above or contained in the links provided.