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Travelling With Your Pet

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There are a number of reasons you may decide to travel with your pet and in many cases it can be great for a pet to be with you on a holiday. However, it can also be extremely stressful for the animal if you don't take their needs into consideration. Think carefully before you decide to bring your pet along for the ride. 

With dogs they are much more used to being out and about and generally love discovering new territories, being with you and are great company to bring along on your holiday, if you're staying in your home country. 

If you're holidaying internationally we don't recommend you take her with you for the few weeks you'll be away as the whole airport and flight experience are extremely stressful for animals. If you're moving then yes by all means bring your pet with you.

Cats on the other hand suffer greatly and we honestly don't recommend travelling with your cat unless again it's necessary such as, a house move or international move. Taking your cat on vacation because you don't want to put it in a cattery is not a good decision. 

If you're not for putting your cat in a cattery then get someone that you trust and likes cats, to house sit whilst your away. We don't just mean popping in and out to feed and water your cat but to spend some time giving your cat quality affection whilst you're out of town.

With catteries or kennels you want to ensure you go to visit the place before you put your pet with them. A good cattery should have individual hutches for your cat to relax and feel safe and not be one room where all cats unknown to each other, are forced to come together. This type of situation can have adverse effects, where cats end up fighting and they get sprayed with water to separate them, or they get de-clawed without your permission. A whole host of things can go wrong when cats are forced together.


​If you're boarding your dog with someone whilst you're on holiday, ensure they are full time carers and have regular walk times set aside for your dog to leave the premise. 

Unfortunately there are many dog carers that are running a "boarding business" but once the dog is in their boarding environment, he's not allowed out for daily walks. The only access to outside space your dog would have whilst you're away is the patio, garden or balcony where they are forced to defecate with no other option available to them. 

This type of situation can put real emotional stress on your dog, especially if he's normally out on regular walks. Please always ensure you check out the place you are going to board your dog or cat whilst away. With your dog, make sure you have a clear schedule of walk times. If the carer isn't prepared to walk your dog, stay clear. If they're not prepared to care for your pet properly by dismissing the basic needs of your dog, it's not worth paying them. The same goes for cats. If they're not in individual hutches, don't place them in the "group cattery" it's not worth the emotional and possible physical damage to your cat.


Things You Should Do When Travelling With Your Pet. 

1. Make sure you pet is in good health before you travel and that it's up to date with flea treatments etc. If you're dog isn't in good health or old it's unfair to try to bring it along for the holiday especially if you're travelling a distance.

2. Ensure your dog is Microchipped and that he has proper identification. Not only with a collar and name tag etc. but we also recommend that when you're at your new location you keep a harness on your dog whenever you're out, that also has a name tag. Sadly most dogs that get lost or misplaced end up in shelters rarely re-united with their owner as not only are they not microchipped, but they are also missing any proper identification such as their collar. By having you're dog in a harness with identification means that If the collar does come off people still have a way of reuniting you and your dog from the tag on the harness.

3. Dogs should always have a harness that allows them to be attached to the seat belt of the vehicle you're travelling in. They should never be loose in the car. All it takes is for you to break hard and your poor dog will go flying and inevitably hurt itself or one of your passengers.

​4. Before embarking on a long journey ensure your dog is actually able to travel in the car without getting car sick. Go for small journeys around your local area to get them accustomed to being seat belted in or the movement of the car. There are lots of cases where dogs suffer greatly with car sickness so make sure your dog is able to travel in a car before committing to taking her on holiday with you. If you're starting with this have some treats ready to show your appreciation for their good behavior.

5. Make sure your accommodation is dog friendly and permits dogs to stay.

6. Make sure you plan in some toilet stops. Not just for yourself but for your beautiful dog too.

7. Always have at least a 2 litre bottle of water and a drinking bowl available for your dog. If you're stuck in traffic and it's hot out, your dog will begin to feel the heat so having water available to give in the car if he needs it is always good.

8. Have a few snacks, just in case there are any delays on the journey. Having snacks ready that you can both eat makes it easier for you.  

9. Make sure you've got both a feeding bowl and a drinking bowl packed. If you're out and about in the day on your holiday make sure you've always got a water bottle with you and something to put the water in. If all else fails, make sure you've always got a poo bag as you can use it as a makeshift drinking bowl if you forget to bring one with you. when you're out in the day.

10. Ensure you've packed your dog's bed. Moving to a completely new territory, although exciting can also be stressful and lead to insecurity. With your dog having access to it's own bed means he knows it's his smell and a safe place to go and rest if things do get a bit much on the holiday.

11. Have towels specifically for your dog. They are always handy to have as you can be placed them on the seats of the car to protect the upholstery, or use them for wiping down your dog if he gets wet. 

12. Pack a couple of his favorite toys so that if you do need to have time apart on your holiday and he's left in the accommodation alone, he's got something to entertain him until you get home.

13. Try to keep your dog in the same feeding routine as he would have in his home. Having certain things consistent such as it's bed, toys and feeding times helps prevent your dog from getting overly anxious. 

14. Try to not leave your dog alone for a long period time if you do go out. There are so many new sounds, sights and smells that if left alone for a long time your dog can become extremely stressed and have the sense it's been abandoned in an unknown place. The aim of bringing your dog on holiday with you is that she enjoys it as well, so let her get out and about and have fun. 

15. If you're travelling to a place where you will need to crate your dog or cat for the travel, then allow it access to the crate weeks before the journey so she can get used to being in the crate. Pop her bed in the crate and leave the door off or open so she can enter in and out at will. Giving her access to the crate weeks before you travel means she'll understand the crate is a safe place even when the world around her is changing and not something to be shoved into when something huge is about to happen.

16. If you're flying with your dog or cat, make sure a couple of weeks before you fly that you take your dog/cat out for trips to the airport. Knowing how noisey an aircraft is for us mere humans, imagine the noise level factor for your dog or cat, with it's super power hearing. If it's never flown before it will be extremely nervous as you no doubt were the first time. Remember that and be considerate of the amount of stress this will have on your cat or dog. Hence if you can prepare her for the noise prior with road trips to the airport, allowing her to hear the aircrafts come in and out for a bit whilst also having access to her crate in the car, you'll begin to see your pet feels safer in the crate as it gives them a sense of security. Read more here about travelling internationally with your pet. Again reinforce good behavior with some tasty treats. 

17. Ensure your accommodation has a freezer and make sure you pack your dog's raw food for the time you're away on holiday. Bring it in an ice cooler until you get to your holiday destination, then pop it in the freezer. This will ensure that for the time you're away on holiday that you're not compromising your dog's diet or he'll suffer an upset stomach if you're changing his food. Alternatively whenever you book your holiday accommodation, make sure you've got access to a good shop that will allow you to buy the necessary fresh ingredients for the raw food recipes for the length of your stay. 

18. Before setting out on your journey make sure you've schedule in the time for a good walk before you put your dog in the car etc. Having been able to do their business before you set off means they'll be more chilled and be able to enjoy the journey. 

19. Have a first aid kit ready and packed. Click here to see what you should have in your pet's first aid kit but you want to be prepared for cuts, bites, sores, infestations, sunburn. anxiety and travel sickness. Make sure any treatments are still in date! 

20. Have the details of a local vet handy at your holiday destination. Make sure you've had time prior to leaving to review if they come recommended by the locals or not. Hopefully you'll never need them but if anything does go wrong it will be a huge relief to know you've got a local trusted vet you can turn to whilst you're away. 

21. If you're going out boating with your dog make sure you've got a life jacket that fits your dog with you. Most boating companies don't provide these so it's something you need to ensure you have ready for your dog if you're going out boating. Dogs can go over-board to and the last thing you want is your dog in distress in water that has strong currents.

22. If you're going off the beaten track bring with you a high visibility harness or collar so you can see your dog at all times. Equally any cold or icy locations means you should have the appropriate protection for your pet whether this is a warm jacket or ice boots to put on their paws to prevent their pads being slashed by the ice,snow salt, grit combination. They can be incredibly painful cuts that quickly become infected so ensure your dog has the appropriate protection for the climate your going to. 

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