Dog Travel Guidelines to the USA

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

You can review the guidelines here:

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

At our animal hospital, we're here to support you in navigating the recent guideline changes. Your commitment to adhering to CDC regulations is key to ensuring your pet's health and safety, and we're here to provide guidance and assistance. Don't hesitate to contact our friendly team for support.

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: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/dogs.html

Camping with Your Furry Companion and New US Border Control Regulations

From starlit nights by the campfire to scenic hikes through the wilderness, camping with your furry friend offers great opportunities for adventure and bonding. Whether you’re travelling outside of Ontario or exploring the province, we're here to help you and your pet make the most of your outdoor vacation. Here are our top tips for camping with your pet:

  1. Choose Pet-Friendly Campgrounds: When planning your camping trip, research pet-friendly campgrounds that welcome pets. Look for campgrounds with designated pet areas, pet-friendly amenities, and nearby hiking trails or scenic spots for you and your pet to enjoy.
  2. Pack Pet Essentials: Don't forget to pack essential items for your furry friend, including food, water, bowls, bedding, toys, leash, collar with ID tags, waste bags, and any necessary medications. Having familiar items from home will help your pet feel comfortable and at ease in their new surroundings.
  3. Keep Your Pet on a Leash: While exploring the campground and surrounding wilderness, keep your pet on a leash to ensure their safety and prevent them from wandering off. Respect any leash regulations or guidelines set by the campground.
  4. Provide Shade and Shelter: Set up a comfortable shelter or resting area for your pet to escape the sun and relax during the day. Bring along a portable pet tent, crate, or canopy to provide shade and protection from the elements.
  5. Watch for Wildlife: Be mindful of wildlife encounters while camping with your pet. Keep your pet close by to avoid confrontations with wildlife such as bears, coyotes, or raccoons. Store food and trash securely to prevent attracting wildlife to your campsite.
  6. Keep Your Pet Hydrated: Ensure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water throughout your camping trip to stay hydrated, especially during hot weather or activities. Bring along a collapsible water bowl or hydration pack for easy access to water on the go.
  7. Check for Ticks and Fleas: After spending time outdoors, check your pet for ticks, fleas, and other pests that may hitch a ride back to your campsite. Use flea and tick prevention products recommended by your veterinarian to protect your pet from pests.

With careful planning, preparation, and a sense of adventure, camping with your pet can be a rewarding experience for both of you. If you have any questions or concerns about camping with your pet, don't hesitate to reach out to our team at Elgin Animal Hospital. We're here to help you and your pet enjoy a safe and memorable camping adventure!