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Coming into Canada from the United States is generally easy, but you do need to know a few key things. All information pertaining to the legalities of crossing the border is linked back to the appropriate government website. We encourage you to check this information several times leading up to travel as federal regulations can change with limited notice.

What You Need To Know About Bringing Your Dog(s) Into Canada


There have been a number of questions regarding vaccinations required for dogs coming into Canada from the United States. Canada requires a current rabies vaccine for all dogs entering the country. A health certificate is not required for visiting dogs. You do not need to engage a third party "importer" or any company to help bring your dog(s) across the border by car. If you are flying, please email Kate directly if you need assistance.

BELOW ARE THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES THAT ARE PERTINENT. Please rely on this data and not any random website (or even the well-meaning comments of friends and competitors in our Facebook group). We want your border experience to be smooth and painless. 

USDA Information on Pet Travel To Canada

Bringing animals to Canada: Importing and travelling with pets (Canadian Government)

What about rabies titer testing? Is it accepted?

The second link above (Canadian Government) has this information. 

There are drop-downs to select your animal type, reason for entry, and age.

The below screenshots are from Dog --> Personal --> +8 months of age --> United States --> If a personal pet dog cannot be vaccinated against rabies for documented medical reasons:


From the website:
Note: it is not sufficient to state that your animal is too old or that your animal cannot be vaccinated. The specific reason must be explained.

The veterinary letter must:

  • be written in English or French

  • be recorded legibly

  • be issued on clinic letterhead

  • be issued and signed by the animal's regular licensed veterinarian

  • identify the animal (age, breed, sex, colour/markings, weight, and microchip/tattoo number)

  • identify the owner of the animal

  • have the name and signature of the licensed veterinarian that issued the letter and the date it was signed

Pet Food

Pet Food & Chews

The below links contain information on bringing pet food into Canada from the United States, as well as taking pet food back to the United States from Canada. These regulations are different! We recommend having your pet food in its original container and easily accessible in the event that border patrol would like to inspect it. Storing pet food bags label-side out is a huge help. If you are bringing raw food, please make sure your cooler is accessible. All meat and agriculture products MUST be declared at the border, regardless of which direction you are going.

Bringing pet food into Canada (Canadian Government)

RESTRICTIONS on what you may bring into Canada 

Bringing pet food into the United States (US Government)

RESTRICTIONS on what you may bring into the United States 

If you need to purchase pet food, treats, chews, or other products, here are some retailers in proximity to the trial grounds:

PetValu150 3 St NE #102, Black Diamond, AB T0L 0H0

Chinook Windz Healthy Pet Supplies102 Centre Ave E, Black Diamond, AB T0L 0H0

PetSmart - 80 Longview Common SE #610, Calgary, AB T2X 4S7

Tail Blazers - Legacy - 47 Legacy View SE #1110, Calgary, AB T2X 4A7

Veterinary Care

Diamond Valley Veterinary Clinic+1 403-933-4397 / 117 Sunset Blvd SE, Diamond Valley, AB T0L 2A0

Legacy Veterinary Clinic - +1 587-625-0748 / 80 Longview Common SE #830, Calgary, AB T2X 4S7

24 Hour Veterinary Clinic:

Southern Alberta Veterinary Emergency (SAVE) - +1 403-995-3270 / 322233 15th Street East, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A6

Veterinary Care


Travelodge by Wyndham Calgary South  – 51.0 km to Millarville / 7012 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3 • (403) 253-1111 

Hotel Blackfoot  – 52.8 km to Millarville / 5940 Blackfoot Trl SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2B5 • (403) 252-2253

Deerfoot Inn & Casino  – 48.2 km to Millarville / 11500 35 St SE #1000, Calgary, AB T2Z 3W4 • (403) 236-7529

Days Inn by Wyndham Calgary South - 53.4 km to Millarville / 3828 Macleod Trail, Calgary, AB T2G 2R2 • (403) 243-5531

Super 8 by Wyndham Calgary Shawnessy Area  – 35.3 km to Millarville / 60 Shawville Rd SE, Calgary, AB T2Y 3S6 • (403) 770-9339

Amenida Residences Calgary – 52.9 km to Millarville / 4206 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB T2G 2R7 • (403) 287-2700


Econo Lodge  – 29.7 km to Millarville 59 Riverside Gate, Okotoks, AB T1S 1M3 • (587) 741-1879

Lakeview Inns & Suites – Okotoks  – 30.8 km to Millarville 22 Southridge Dr, Okotoks, AB T1S 1N1 • (403) 938-7400

Okotoks Inn & Suites  – 33.6 km to Millarville 100 Southbank Road, Okotoks, AB T1S 0N3 • (403) 995-6262

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