Flying a pet to Canada requires careful planning and preparation

Here are some general steps to take and things to consider:

Check import requirements:

Each country has specific import requirements for pets, and Canada is no exception. To find out what documents and vaccinations your pet has, you will need to check with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to enter Canada.

Choose a pet-friendly airline:

Not all airlines allow pets to travel in the cabin or luggage compartment, so it’s important to research which airlines are pet-friendly and what their policies are. Some airlines require a health certificate or other documentation from a veterinarian.

Get your pet used to a carrier:

If your pet will be traveling in a carrier, it is important to get them used to it beforehand. You can do this by leaving the carrier outside and gradually bringing your pet into it over time.

Choose a direct flight if possible:

A direct flight will minimize stress on your pet and reduce the chance that it will be lost or untreated during a stop.

Make sure your pet is comfortable:

During the flight, your pet will need food, water and possibly medicine. Be sure to provide everything your pet needs to stay comfortable and calm during the journey.

Consider the weather:

Extreme temperatures can be dangerous for pets, so it’s important to choose a time of year when the weather is mild. You may want to consider a daytime flight to avoid having to rescue your pet from the baggage depot in the dark.

Prepare for quarantine:

Depending on where your pet comes from and what vaccinations it has, it may be subject to quarantine period upon arrival in Canada.


It is important to do your research and plan well in advance when flying a pet to Canada. Your vet can also provide important advice and guidance to ensure a safe and successful journey for your furry friend.

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