Doing your due diligence when getting a pet

by | May 7, 2023 | Home and Living

Impulse buying is fairly low risk when it comes to small items like clothes or the latest gadget, but when it comes to buying or adopting pets, such as dogs, it’s a whole other story.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, known as the CFIA, regulates the import of animals, including dogs, into Canada to prevent diseases that could harm human or animal health.

The agency warns there are disreputable individuals and organizations involved in the sale or adoption of dogs, both domestic and international, who could put the health of your new dog at risk and expose you and others to serious health concerns, like parasites and dog rabies. Things to watch for include:

  • No questions about your experience with dogs or your lifestyle to ensure there will be a good fit.
  • You can’t obtain information about the dog’s history or health.
  • You’re getting the dog from within Canada, but you can’t meet or see where they’re kept before bringing them home.
  • You’re asked to bring animals to Canada for an organization or they suggest you bring back animals from your vacation abroad.
  • No veterinary records along with no policy if there are issues after you bring the dog home, such as if the dog becomes sick.
  • You’re asked to send money to another country, or you’re asked to pay in cash.

It’s also worth noting that as of September 28, 2022, commercial dogs from countries considered at high-risk for dog rabies are not allowed into Canada. This includes dogs brought here for resale, adoption, fostering, breeding, etc.

Overall, doing thorough homework ahead of time can help you and your pooch enjoy a happy, healthy life together.

Find information about what to look out for when getting a dog at inspection.gc.ca/dog-decision

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