Travelling with your dog to the USA? Here is what you need to know before you go.

New US Border Control Regulations

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 Watzin Veterinary Clinic, our team is dedicated to helping you navigate the latest protocols seamlessly. Your pet’s happiness and health are our primary focus, and we’re equipped to make this transition as smooth as possible. Just a friendly reminder: adhering to CDC guidelines is important. For any questions or concerns you may have, call us today.

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:

Got to the DogBot


5 Tips for Booking Flights with Your Dog

Planning on flying out of Ontario with your pet for vacation? Travelling with your furry companion can be an exciting adventure, but it requires careful planning to ensure a smooth journey for both of you. At Watzin Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of keeping your pet safe and comfortable while travelling, so we’ve put together these 5 essential tips for booking a flight with your pet. 

Choose a Pet-Friendly Airline: Not all airlines are created equal when it comes to pet policies. Research different airlines to find one that offers pet-friendly services and a solid reputation for animal care.

Check Size and Weight Restrictions: Airlines have specific size and weight restrictions for pets travelling in-cabin or as cargo. Ensure your pet meets the airline’s requirements to avoid any last-minute surprises. 

Choose a Reliable Carrier: A high-quality, comfortable pet carrier is vital for air travel. Ensure the carrier is large enough for your pet to stand, turn, and lie down comfortably.

Label Clearly: Label your pet’s carrier and other important possessions with your contact details, including your name, phone number, and destination address. This is crucial for easy identification in case of an emergency.

Pack Essentials: Don’t forget to pack essentials for your pet, including food, water, medications, toys, and a familiar blanket or bed. Familiar items can help keep your pet calm and relaxed during the flight.

Travelling with your pet can be a joyful experience, and with thorough preparation, you can ensure a safe and pleasant journey for both of you. If you have any questions or need further advice on travelling with your pet, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’re here to help make your pet’s travel dreams a reality!