bringing your pet to canadaMoving your pet to Canada is possible but how easy is it and what are the costs involved?

For many people starting a new life in Canada, the thought of moving here without their furry family member is unheard of. So where to start….

Firstly, you may want to check out the import requirements for moving your pet to Canada as detailed on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.


In a nutshell, cats and dogs coming to Nova Scotia, Canada as personal pets do not usually have to be quarantined. Nor do they require an import permit or a microchip or tattoo identification, although  it is recommended that you microchip your pet with a 15 digit ISO 11784 compliant microchip and register your contact information prior to travelling as a means of identification should your precious pet be lost or separated from you.


Coming from the UK your pet will be required to have been resident in the UK for at least six months and not have been under any quarantine restriction before being eligible for moving to Canada. Puppies and kittens under the age of 3 months are exempt from import requirements.


Before moving to Canada, you should make sure that all your pets vaccinations are up to date. Details of vaccinations will need to be recorded by a licensed veterinarian onto your pet’s Export Health Certificate, which will be issued by AVHLA. If your pet has been vaccinated against rabies, you will need a General Health Certificate completed and signed off by your veterinarian.


How costly is it to move your pet to Canada?


Apart from the cost of the paperwork and the vaccinations, the transportation costs will very much depend on the size of the animal you are moving to Canada and the size of the travel container it will require. In general, you are paying the amount of space your pet’s container takes up on the flight and not so much the weight of it. For an accurate cost, I would recommend you chat with a reputable Pet Relocation company who can answer your questions and more…..


Our good friends over at Transfur Pet Relocations International are experts at arranging pet relocation worldwide and can help take that stress and worry from you, allowing you to focus on other important parts of your move to Nova Scotia or other parts of Canada. A quick call or email and you will be guaranteed a first class, knowledgeable service.

Contact them here

Also, check out the Government of Canada frequently asked questions which may also help, click here


As always, feel free to get in touch. Life is good in Nova Scotia….


Jane and Rich

Moving 2 Nova Scotia