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I am moving to canada soon and want to know what the process and costs are for bringing 2 dogs over with me.

Any advice would be helpfull thanks.
 

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I am moving to canada soon and want to know what the process and costs are for bringing 2 dogs over with me.

Any advice would be helpfull thanks.
My partner (who is a carpenter) and I are thinking about heading over also and I've done some research into how to get our dog on board too. I've rang a few travel agents for more info and bascically a lot of airlines will do it but they dogs will be part of cargo. Air Canada, United, Continental, BA, even Aer Lingus all transport live animals as part of cargo. The price is relatively cheap - approx €100. you will need to go ahead and book your flights then ring the airline and book the dog in as part of cargo on that flight as far as I know.
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If you want to fly them directly (as we do to reduce their stress levels/chances of them getting lost) and assuming you want to head from Dublin or Shannon to Toronto then you're limited to Air Canada or Air Transat. And if you check out Air Canada's freight website you'll see that they don't ship animals in winter (they'd freeze if left on the tarmac at Pearson) or summer (they'd roast). So the available dates are quite limited if you fly with them. Ours is heading out on Air Transat in June - you book using a pet freight company - you can't seem to do it direct with the airline. Get several quotes - some seem much more expensive and less helpful than others!
 

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There's more to it that just booking a flight. You need Information from your vet stating the dog is rabies free and there have been no rabies cases reported in Ireland in the last 6 months preceding your travel. It also must state your dog has been in Ireland for the last 6 months and is over 8 months old... It is advisable to vaccinate for rabies 30 days before you travel.
 

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There's more to it that just booking a flight. You need Information from your vet stating the dog is rabies free and there have been no rabies cases reported in Ireland in the last 6 months preceding your travel. It also must state your dog has been in Ireland for the last 6 months and is over 8 months old... It is advisable to vaccinate for rabies 30 days before you travel.
Of course there is all that side of things with the dog also. Once you get the rabies vaccine, you have to get a blood check 3 weeks later to make sure all is ok and there is an appropriate level of the vaccine in the dogs blood stream. Once the blood tests have been received back and signed off from your vet - that vaccine is good for 3 years. You'll just need a health cert from vet about 48 hours before you fly to confirm the animal is in good health.
Found a pretty interesting site called Multi Cargo .ie which transport pets.
 

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Once the blood tests have been received back and signed off from your vet - that vaccine is good for 3 years.
Not all vets use the 3 year vaccine, many still only use the 1 year. Additionally, regardless if it's the 3 or 1 year injection, if this is your pets first rabies shot, they always need a booster after 1 year.
 

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My partner (who is a carpenter) and I are thinking about heading over also and I've done some research into how to get our dog on board too. I've rang a few travel agents for more info and bascically a lot of airlines will do it but they dogs will be part of cargo. Air Canada, United, Continental, BA, even Aer Lingus all transport live animals as part of cargo. The price is relatively cheap - approx €100. you will need to go ahead and book your flights then ring the airline and book the dog in as part of cargo on that flight as far as I know.
Good luck.
thanks for all the feedback..im moving to regina in sask so im not sure wheather they get transfered onto another plane or wheather there brought from calgary/montreal via road transit..dont mind the payments and vaccines cause there in great health..do they get sedated,is that an option?
 

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thanks for all the feedback..im moving to regina in sask so im not sure wheather they get transfered onto another plane or wheather there brought from calgary/montreal via road transit..dont mind the payments and vaccines cause there in great health..do they get sedated,is that an option?
No, it is not advisable to sedate animals for flight.
 

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ok so what about transport from montreal/calgary..do they get on another plane or do they get dropped off by road transit?
Um, you will want to fly them. It would be a 45 hour drive from Montreal to Calgary.
 

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no sorry i meant to regina from either montreal/calgary
Montreal is still a 34 hours drive, I don't think you want your dogs to endure that.

Calgary is a slightly more reasonable 9 hour drive... But, I personally wouldn't do it. Fly them.
 

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my husband and i plus 4 kids are desperate to move to canada.has anyone personal experience of skilled workers visa as i would love to know if he is offered work ,how long does this process take.or should we go to global visas and ask .while waiting for job offer apart from research and passports and pet tests,what should we be organizing .also i have 4 young teens who are country kids so we would love someone to recommend good small towns or villages to live
 

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my husband and i plus 4 kids are desperate to move to canada.has anyone personal experience of skilled workers visa as i would love to know if he is offered work ,how long does this process take.or should we go to global visas and ask .while waiting for job offer apart from research and passports and pet tests,what should we be organizing .also i have 4 young teens who are country kids so we would love someone to recommend good small towns or villages to live
What sort of work does your husband do?
 

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Montreal is still a 34 hours drive, I don't think you want your dogs to endure that.

Calgary is a slightly more reasonable 9 hour drive... But, I personally wouldn't do it. Fly them.
is the cold weather in the winter ok for them to be outside while me and my wife are in work?
 

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Just for the record what type of dogs are we talking about. There are certain breeds that are banned in Canada although allowed in other parts of the world
 

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Just for the record what type of dogs are we talking about. There are certain breeds that are banned in Canada although allowed in other parts of the world
na there not off that banned list....what would be the alternative..i dont want to keep them locked in all day..there trained to go to the toilet outside..
 

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At temps down to -40c no way do you let dogs outside unless they are bred for it like huskies and even they aren't happy at that.

House train the dogs, keep them in an attached garage with a frost heater or look for a good home would be my opinion

John
 
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