Taking your dog on holiday with you is easier than you think. If you’re travelling around the UK, or even Europe, it is particularly easy to make sure that your dog is happy, healthy and safe.
Go To The Vet
If you’re leaving the UK, then you need to make sure that your dog has a microchip, a rabies vaccination (after the microchip insertion) and a pet passport. You may need extra things such as tapeworm treatment or a blood test, but you should check this with the country that you are travelling to.
For a pet passport you’ll need to find a vet who has been authorised by the government, or a Local Veterinary Inspector. They will be able to help you get your pet passport issued.
You should pack:
– Food and water bowls (keep these handy for the journey)
– Enough food for the entire trip, and water for the journey
– A bed or a blanket (if your dog uses them)
– Shampoo and brush, or anything else you use to clean your dog
– Toys and treats
– Lead, collar and poo bags
– Any medication that you dog needs and a dog first aid kit in case of emergency
If you’re travelling around the UK, then you’re likely to be in a car. This means that your dog should be properly secured, either in a travel crate, dog guard or even a harness. Not only does being secure mean that your dog is safe, it also prevents them from distracting you and causing an accident.
You should plan your route so that there are plenty of breaks for your dog to walk around. This does not mean on the side of the hard shoulder, as this is potentially extremely dangerous.
Keep the window open so that your dog has plenty of fresh air; especially if you have to stop and leave your dog in the car (though try to avoid leaving your dog alone).
Finding dog friendly accommodation is easier than you might think. Lots of places, like Helpful Holidays for instance, offer a variety of different dog friendly cottages so you can find somewhere perfect for you and your dog too. It is advised that you don’t let your dog lie on furniture or beds, avoid leaving them alone in the accommodation and always clean up after them.
Out and About
Some councils run ‘dog-free’ beaches at certain times of the year. It is important to check before you decide to take a day on the beach. You should also check whether the water is suitable for your dog to swim in, it may be contaminated. Get the number of a local vet in case of emergency.