Animal Health

Find out how to locate a vet and information on what to do about insects, poisoning and other things that may threaten the health and safety of animals living in Montreal...


The Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec is the regulating body for veterinarians in the Province of Québec. The website is in French only but can be used to find a local vet.

  • To find a local vet: Click here and select the town (ville) where the vet is required. Languages spoken by each vet are stated in the list
  • For English-speaking veterinarians and animal hospitals, see the Business Directory Vets & Veterinary Services


Vaccinations are not generally required by law. Vaccinations for small animals (cats, dogs, ferrets) are administered at veterinary clinics. Larger animals (horses, cattle) may be vaccinated at a farm or ranch. Veterinarians can suggest vaccinations appropriate to a pet's age, lifestyle, and health.

Most boarding kennels and pet hotels require proof of the following up to date vaccinations before boarding an animal.


  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Bordatella (required every six months)


  • Rabies
  • Feline Calicivirus (FCV)
  • Feline Panleucopenia (FPL)
  • Feline Herpes Virus (Rhinotracheitis)
  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

Kennels and catteries can vary in quality of care and quality of facilities. Veterinary clinics and pet supply shops may be able to recommend local kennels and catteries.

Pet Threats and Animal Dangers


Fleas are a common problem for household pets in Montreal. Veterinarians can recommend prevention and treatment methods. Many flea-control products are sold only through veterinary clinics.

Pets in cars

Montreal can become extremely hot in the summer and bitterly cold in the winter and either of these extremes can cause animals severe distress and even death.

In hot weather never leave an animal unattended in a car, even with an open window, as the car can heat up very quickly.

Poison Control Emergency Line

  • National Animal Poison Control Centre, Tel: 1 800 548 2423. A fee applies


This is a condition caused by the spores of a fungus that grows on fallen leaves and is confined mostly to the St. Lawrence, Ohio and Mississippi river basins.

  • For a more detailed explanation of this condition including ways to avoid it and the symptoms to look out for in a dog: Click here

Travelling with a Pet

Travel to the USA

Dogs and cats travelling between Québec and the USA must have a certificate of rabies vaccination, unless the animal is less than three months old. A collar tag is not an acceptable substitute for a certificate.

Travel to other Canadian provinces

There are no restrictions on pets travelling across provincial borders (for example from Québec to Ontario or New Brunswick).