Changes Re: Shipping Dogs via WestJet and Air Canada

Following the implementation of new guidelines for U.S. regulations re: importation of dogs from rabies-positive countries, Canadian airlines WestJet and Air Canada have also made the following changes:

Effective August 11 - WestJet and WestJet Cargo flights to the U.S.:

  • The minimum age for the transportation of puppies via WestJet and WestJet Cargo to change to 12 weeks.
  • Note: Dogs must be fully immunized against rabies before being imported into the U.S. via WestJet and WestJet Cargo. The rabies vaccination must be administered no earlier than 12 weeks of age of the dog and at least 30 days before arrival at a U.S. port of entry. Therefore, the youngest that a puppy may be imported to the U.S. is 4 months of age.

Please note that WestJet continues to transport dogs at the minimum age of 8 weeks old as checked baggage and as Cargo within Canada. WestJet Cargo planes are temperature controlled and can transport pets during the warmer months on domestic flights only. Summer restrictions remain in effect for select international flights from May 15 to October 31, 2014. For more information, please call WestJet at 1 (800) 581-9499 or WestJet Cargo at 1 (866) 952-2746.

Effective August 11 for Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo flights to the U.S. and
Effective August 15 for flights within Canada:

  • The minimum age for the transportation of puppies via Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo to change to 12 weeks.
  • Note: Dogs must be fully immunized against rabies before being imported into the U.S. via Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo. The rabies vaccination must be administered no earlier than 12 weeks of age of the dog and at least 30 days before arrival at a U.S. port of entry. Therefore, the youngest that a puppy may be imported to the U.S. is 4 months of age.
  • A valid health certificate from a veterinarian will be required for all puppies and kittens travelling via Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo, domestically and internationally.

Other Air Canada Cargo changes include:

  • New travel container specifications for “strong breeds” including American Staffordshire Terrier, Mastiff, Anatolian Shepherd and Rottweiler (now in effect).
  • Brachycephalic breeds will only be accepted for carriage when the airport temperature is 24C or lower (effective September 29, 2014).
    • Travel kennel must be one size larger for the year-round transportation of all Brachycephalic breeds (effective September 29, 2014).

Due to extreme temperatures at airports, summer restrictions re: pets travelling as checked baggage remain in effect from June 20 to September 10, 2014. Air Canada Cargo is specially equipped for the transportation of animals during the summer months and will accept pets during this period with the exception of select cities. For further details, please contact your local Air Canada Cargo representative, or contact acLive@aircanada.ca.

As always, we encourage CKC members to review country-specific regulations re: restrictions on the entry of animals and vaccination and documentation requirements, prior to booking.

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