Going on holiday is a great way to relax and remove yourself from the pressures and stresses of everyday life. If you share your home with a dog, then the thought of leaving them behind during your getaway may make you feel guilty, especially if you have a close bond and good relationship with them. If this is the case for you, then why not bring them with you? Taking your dog on abroad is easier than you think. From accommodation to restaurants, many destinations have become pet-friendly, making it easier to get the most out of your trip with your faithful companion by your side.
There are a number of requirements that your dog will need to meet, but getting this sorted means that your pooch can enjoy the fun with you, instead of stressing without you. If you plan to take your dog abroad and want to understand it a bit better, here are 8 things that you need to know.
Places to Go
Choosing your destination is the first step to getting you and your canine companion prepared for your trip abroad. When you are travelling from the UK, it is best to take your dog to a European destination. If you choose to go outside of Europe, your pet will most likely require additional tests and will have to be quarantined for a certain amount of time. The breed and age of your dog will also determine what country is best for them, especially if the climate is particularly different in your chosen destination.
Ways to Travel
The most stress free and easy way to travel abroad with your pet is a method that allows them to stay in the car, such as the Eurotunnel or a ferry. Planning toilet breaks and getting them used to the car is crucial. If you choose to travel by plane, then you should book a direct flight, travel at a cooler point in the day, give them access to water and get them a suitable carrier. Finding ways to get your pet used to how they will travel is important and will make them feel less stressed, e.g. getting them used to settling in the car or crate training them for a flight.
Updating Their Identification
Your dog should be microchipped and tagged and the details must be kept up to date. This is a legal requirement in the UK and not doing so can result in a fine. If you are planning on bringing your dog abroad with you, then you should make sure all of the details on their microchip records are correct and accurate. You should be able to do this through your vet. You should also keep your dog tagged throughout their time on holiday and consider getting a new tag engraved to suit the location that you are travelling to.
Getting Their Vaccinations
Before your pet is granted access to the country you choose to take them in, they will have to be fully vaccinated. They will also need additional vaccinations for rabies and a treatment for tapeworm. The course of rabies vaccines must be completed 21 days before you choose to go on holiday with your dog. When you go in for your vaccinations, make sure you get a record of your pet’s medical history (in case of emergencies) and their microchip number, plus the vaccine product name, the vaccination date and the batch number.
A Pet Passport
In order to successfully make it abroad with your pooch, you will need to get them a pet passport sorted out. The rules surrounding pet passports used to be much more complicated, but since 2012, this has become easier. You can get your dog their own passport from a vet that is registered to authorise them (known as a Local Veterinary Inspector or LVI). You will just need to take your dog and their most recent vaccination records to an LVI registered vet in order to get a passport and gain entry to a country overseas.
Packing Their Essentials
Once everything is in order, you will need to make sure you have packed everything your pet will need for the entire stay of the holiday. This includes pet food, bowls, treats, bedding, toys, a collar and lead, grooming equipment, medication (if required) and other pet supplies that are dependent on your trip. To make things easier, you should check out http://www.timeforpaws.co.uk/. This is an online pet shop that has everything you need to keep your canine happy and healthy, without the hassle and hefty price tag of a pet store or supermarket.
Useful Travel Products
As well as packing the essentials, you should also look into bringing a number of useful travel products for your journey. This includes a pet carrier, a seat belt restraint, a car harness, a travel water bottle and some natural calming tablets if they get stressed easily. You should also look into packing a canine first aid kid. These can be very useful to have on hand if your pet hurts themselves on the journey or while you are abroad. It also gives you peace of mind knowing that you have items to help your dog if they get into trouble.
A New Routine
Planning the journey to your holiday destination is one thing, but getting your pet settled in and used to a new routine is a whole different thing. Dogs crave routine and when this changes, alongside their surroundings, it can be confusing for some. To help them settle in and reduce stress, you should try to retain as much of their normal routine as possible. You should bring items that comfort them and smell like home. It is important to remember that they may not settle in straight away, so be patient and give them some time to adjust.
There are a number of factors that will determine how easy and how good it is for your dog to come away with. However, with the right amount of research and preparation, especially when it comes to the journey there and back, you will be able to make some unforgettable memories and have a great time together.
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