Introducing a pet to our home is a big responsibility and can create the need for many new changes.
From securing select areas to protect young children to ensuring pets have daily exercise, many factors have to be considered before any new dog, cat or pet, in general, is added to the family.
Even with these concerns, it can be all too easy to forget about less common but equally important logistical challenges. One such example is travelling: whether on holiday or away for business, finding a solution for pet care during this time is crucial. Some choose to leave their pets in the care of others, while some wish to travel with their pets.
If you’ve made the decision to travel with your pet, then be sure to read the following concerns and how each can be addressed.
One of the first concerns any pet owner should have if they’re travelling to another country is the need for proper immunisations and parasite testing. Some countries require proof that pets have been vaccinated properly before entry, while some locales may pose risks for your pet that could be major concerns when returning home.
Depending on where exactly you are travelling, immunisations may be required months in advance. In other cases, simple screening for parasites prior to departure will be sufficient. Your local veterinarian can help your dog, cat or other pet receive the appropriate pre-trip care for this concern.
Medical and Dietary Issues
Pets on holiday still need the same care they require at home: this means exercise, food, water and medical attention. Some pets may have chronic health conditions that need monitoring. Others may be healthy but knowing beforehand where to find vet assistance while on holiday is important.
It’s highly recommended that you also have pre- and post-holiday vet visits if your pet has any major health conditions or you’ve travelled to a country where parasites and diseases in pets are common. Whether it’s feline leukaemia in cats or pancreatitis in dogs, travelling can sometimes be physically stressful for your pet, so make sure they’re evaluated.
Diet is another huge concern, particularly when a dog has health problems. Many dog owners, for instance, insist on travelling with specialised dog food that is healthy and optimised for their dogs’ needs. Bella & Duke is a premium dog food company offering raw dog food diets to improve quality of life. Raw food diets may reduce the severity of a variety of health conditions, including pancreatitis in dogs. If your dog starts vomiting and eating less while you are on holiday, he might be suffering from a flare-up of pancreatitis. Visit this link to learn more about pancreatitis in dogs so you know the key symptoms.
First and foremost, it’s important to know that non-assistance pets are not allowed to travel in the cabin on planes. As such, making the proper arrangements beforehand is crucial to enjoying a seamless holiday experience.
The good news: many airlines based in the UK offer free pet travel in their holds. However, pets generally do require microchips, vaccines, and may even require “pet passports” for the return trip. As always, call ahead or contact your airline to verify any rules, regulations or restrictions associated with pet travel.
Travelling by Car
While perhaps not the quickest form of travel, travelling by car reduces the number of hurdles you and your pet will face when compared to airports or public transportation. However, some key points to keep in mind when travelling with any pet in the vehicle:
- Pets should have their own carriers
- Pets should not be allowed to roam freely throughout the vehicle
- Ensure proper water and food is available
- Bring toys or accessories to entertain your pet
- Take regular stops for exercise and potty as needed
It’s also generally advised that dogs be gradually exposed to car travel prior to a long trip, so if possible, take your pet on a series of smaller rides around your city to see how he or she reacts to being in the car.
Pets in Hotels
Lastly, it’s vital to keep in mind how – and if – pets can be handled at local hotels and other accommodations. Locations such as Travelodge are known for being pet-friendly multinational hotels, but many local and smaller options also exist.
Even with pet-friendly accommodations, various restrictions may apply. Your pet may need to be kept in a carrier when unsupervised, there may be designated potty areas, and you may also be responsible for any and all damage caused by pets. Finding pet-friendly hotels via a quick search is pretty easy: TripAdvisor has a list of pet-friendly hotels in England, as one example.
While it’s not always feasible to travel with your pets, those who can – and who care – make the decision out of love and concern. By addressing these concerns before any formal travel arrangements are made, both you and your pets will avoid any unnecessary disappointment or difficulties when on holiday in the near future.
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