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  • Taking dog food into Canada

    My wife and I are leaving for Alaska within the next couple weeks and we're taking our dog. We took him into Canada last year but only for a day. This time will be different. I have read on a Canada website that you can't bring dog food into Canada that has been opened. Has anyone had any trouble with this or encountered it?
    Gerry & Martha, plus Buster(Welsh Pembrooke Corgi)
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    Googling the subject, it appears there may be a limit on quantity. My thought was if you don't bring in much more than a 40 lb bag or so of dry food, no problem. Maybe not have open cans of dog food? But, I saw no definite info on Internet.

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    • #3
      You want to avoid any red flags at the border. Individual border agents do have a lot of discretion. I would bring a sealed bag clearly marked with ingredients AND that it is US made. Bring enough food in an open bag to get to the border and they will possibly allow that in, but no big loss if they don't. You'll face a similar dilemma crossing from Yukon into AK and deja vu on the return trip. If you have to buy dog food in Canada, try to get the same brand US made as well. Nobody working the border likes off shore dog food. I believe lamb and goat are the big problem ingredients.
      Henry
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      • #4
        Just crossed yesterday and they asked about dog food and I said I had some, but that was it. The other agents did a sweep of my trailer and vehicle. They never mentioned the dog food. That was it, I was off.
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        • #5
          http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/.../1321129556426

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          • #6
            As it turns out the dog food we feed our dog is made in the US and has been for about 6 months. The parent company, Orijen, doesn't export from Canada to the US anymore. So, we'll buy two small bags, one for going into Canada on our way to Alaska and one for the return trip.
            Gerry & Martha, plus Buster(Welsh Pembrooke Corgi)
            2017 FM 235RLS, Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C surge protector, tubular locks on all storage doors
            2010 Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab Diesel w/Anderson Aluminum Ultimate 5th wheel hitch

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            • #7
              We entered Canada two days ago (Sumas border crossing).

              We were asked if we had any guns, alcohol, cigarettes and if we were delivering any packages (marijuana?) into Canada.

              We were never asked about pets, dog food, flowers, fruit, etc.

              The entire border stop lasted 3-4 minutes.
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              • #8
                I crossed into Ontario yesterday at the Niagara Falls/Rainbow Bridge and was not asked about the dog food we carry. I declared the shotgun that I had been hauling since we left home in December, paid the $25.00 fee and left without a search or other problems.
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                • #9
                  Different crossings, different agents, different questions and concerns - quite a bit based on you, your setup, appearance, behavior etc. For the most part crossing in to Canada isn't a big deal - just go.

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