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Traveling with a dog to Canada: everything you need to know



Canada has reopened its borders to tourists since last September 7, and there are not a few who are eager to visit this country and its incredible nature. If you want to visit Canada and do it with your dog, you must first bear in mind that air travel can become a stressful experience for animals. Therefore, you must be careful and consider a series of requirements before traveling with a dog to Canada.

In addition to the preparations that you must make to travel with your pet, there are others that you must manage for yourself and your human travel companions. Among them, you will need to apply for an eTA in advance.

Here are some tips and information about the necessary procedures that will help you prepare well for the trip to Canada with your faithful companion.

Requirements to travel with a dog to Canada

To travel with a dog to Canada, first of all, you have to take into account the import requirements for pets. These differ by country.

The basic guidelines for importing or traveling with pets to Canada are set by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency). Travelers are required, by law, to declare that they bring a pet on their trip.

The dog must be over three months old, microchipped, and vaccinated against rabies. Although it is probably not required on arrival in Canada (yes on return to Spain), it is recommended to bring the pet’s passport, a health certificate, and proof of rabies vaccination.

The animal does not have to be quarantined and is not subject to medical inspections upon arrival in Canada. Thanks to this, you can immediately explore the new environment with your dog after leaving the airport. On your return to Spain from Canada, you will also be asked for certain procedures:

  • You will have to prove that the animal is microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.
  • You will also be asked for a European passport for pets.
  • You will need to enter with your pet through one of the designated entry points. The purpose is to declare it at the customs control of the Civil Guard.

Changes may be made to these requirements or others may apply to your situation. For this reason, it is always recommended to consult the Canadian government website and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food Travel with Pets for the latest information and to avoid last-minute surprises.

Travel by plane

In most cases,  you can bring your dog in the cabin if it is more than ten weeks old as long as it is in a suitable carrier that fits under the seat.  In addition, this carrier must have a waterproof bottom and good ventilation.

The allowed weight of the dog to travel in the cabin may vary depending on the company. Iberia, for example, allows a maximum of 8 kilos including the carrier (as opposed to the 45 kilos allowed in the hold).

Whether the dog travels in the cabin or in the hold, it is important to know that not all companies accept any breed on board. This is because flat-nosed breed dogs (such as boxers, pugs, Pitbulls, or bulldogs) tend to have more difficulty breathing during flight.

In any case, it is recommended to medicate the animal according to the prescription of a veterinarian so that it is calm and sleeps throughout the flight.

It is also advisable to consult the airline in advance about the conditions for traveling with a dog and to book the flight at least two weeks in advance to guarantee a place.

Request an eTA

In addition to the previous procedures for your dog, you must request an eTA.

The eTA Canada is a mandatory electronic travel authorization for visa-free travel to Canada that can be completed entirely online through a digital application form.

Once granted (which takes a maximum of three days), the eTA is valid for five years and can be used multiple times during this period for trips of up to six months at a time. It is not necessary to print it as it is electronically linked to the passport, but it must be able to be displayed on the mobile, tablet, or laptop.

Now that you know what to take into account when traveling with a dog to Canada, do you dare to live that adventure with your faithful companion?

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What to look for when buying pet accessories



Pet accessories are fun to buy and even more fun to bring home for the little furry and feathered members of your family. When looking for the perfect toys and functional items for your pet, remember that brands and price don’t necessarily play as big of a role in pet accessories as they do in electronics and other products. . Instead of worrying about the popularity of a pet brand, look for potentially dangerous designs and materials. The following sections offer a few things to keep in mind when reading shelves.

Physical stability

It can be difficult to be sure that a cat tree or bird perch is safe, but a personal inspection can help you decide. Large objects like scratching posts and upholstered trees should be strong and heavy enough to prevent them from falling when the cat climbs and plays. Cute domed beds may look perfect for your kitten or pup, but they can tip over and trap your pet inside. If you are unsure, check the consumer reviews.

Ingestion and Inhalation Hazards

As adorable and fun as ribbon toys can be, there are plenty of cats and dogs that love to eat string. Before buying toys with long dangling pieces, make sure they are securely fastened and don’t tear easily. Also, make sure the toy doesn’t contain small, easy-to-swallow pieces, as they’re usually made of plastic or other materials that shouldn’t be eaten. Some accessories, such as dust mite protectors and catnip essences, emit fumes that may be too strong for your small pet. Always avoid vapor-based applications unless directed by your veterinarian.

Hazardous chemicals

Most pet stores have a large pet care section where owners can purchase anything from flea and tick sprays to dog vitamins. While all of these products may seem like a great idea, they may not be. In fact, tens of thousands of cats and dogs have become ill from contact with dangerous flea and tick collars and sprays, as well as essential oils and vitamins. When it comes to your pet’s health, always consult your veterinarian before purchasing new products.

Potential dangers shouldn’t stop you from spoiling your kitten, puppy, or parakeet. Everyone loves a soft new bed to sleep in, a tasty packet of soft food, and a fun toy to play with. Use your best judgment and your pets will be perfectly safe and happy.


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Animals are no longer “things” by approval of Congress



It has finally happened. The Congress of Deputies has already given the green light to the new regulations by which animals are no longer considered “real estate or things” and their nature as living beings endowed with sensitivity is recognized. That is sentient beings.

The law finally sees animals for what they are

The plenary session of Congress has approved the proposed Law of the PSOE and United We Can, which provides for the modification of the Mortgage Law, Civil Code, and the Civil Procedure Law on the legal regime of animals, in order that this already is not considered as objects.

This initiative was ratified with the support of practically all political formations. Less VOX, who voted against (thinking that it is foolish to humanize the animal and dehumanize man) and the PP, who abstained, the rest voted in favor. Even so, despite the abstention, the Popular Party congratulated itself on this parliamentary initiative, since it will end the anachronism of considering animals as things.

Among other issues, the text includes the distribution of times and burdens of pets when there is a family breakdown, either in a marriage or in a domestic partnership. If there is no agreement in the couple, the decision would be made by a judge. Taking into account that in Spain 40% of households have pets, this new rule represents a moral victory.

According to the socialist deputy Sandra Guaita, the text reflects a fight against mistreatment and cruelty in general, since violence is related. With his words, he made his opinion clear: those people who are violent towards animals are also violent towards people, so respect and empathy must be defended.

Child custody, related to this law

One of the most significant novelties of the approved text is that the judges can decide that parents do not share custody of their children with their ex-partners in the event of separation if they have mistreated or threatened to mistreat companion animals.

This is a form of vicarious or gender violence to manipulate or victimize the spouse or children. That is, it is justified by the possibility that animal abuse can be used as a means of control, abuse, or psychological abuse within the family environment.

With the approval of the text, a new article is introduced in the Civil Code by which, after declaring animals as living beings endowed with sensitivity, the owner must exercise their rights over them and their care, respecting that quality. In addition, you must ensure their well-being according to the characteristics of each species.

Little by little great steps are being taken in Spain in terms of giving them the place that animals deserve. It remains to be seen if the new Law on Protection and Rights of Animals also comes to fruition.

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