Holiday season is finally here and we’re looking forward to some R&R with our furry friends. Taking your pooch on holiday can be a great experience, but are you properly prepared?
Travelling can be stressful for dogs so you need to do all you can to ensure your fur bae has a great experience, and isn’t just being brought along for the ride! Take a peek inside our travel bag as we select our top travel essentials so our fur bae’s are comfortable and feel safe during their travel.
Crate or Harness
Dependent on the preference of your pup you’ll want to make sure you have a safe way of transporting them. Some pups prefer the security of their own private space while others like to sit freely. It is extremely dangerous to let your pup roam as you drive, so a harness is essential if you’re not opting for a crate. A comfortable blanket and bedding will also go down well, whether in a crate or on the back set of your car.
Food and Water
Stopping for rest breaks is essential when driving with your pup and you should always make sure you’ve got a good supply of water for them as well as food, and nutritious snacks. Providing snacks and food will help your pup feel comfortable on the journey and remove one stressor from the experience.
Whether it’s a favourite chew toy, a food-based toy or simply a much-loved soft toy, bringing along something to help keep your pup occupied as you drive is a great idea. Food-based puzzle type toys can keep them occupied and add a sense of normality to the journey, which may be stressful for some pups.
We always bring a supply of grooming products with us on holiday, so we’re prepared for mucky paws and stinky coats! A brush always comes in handy, along with shampoo and conditioner and our holy grail wipes, perfect for refreshing the coat and removing odours on the go!
If in Doubt, Speak to your Vet
If you want to be 100% sure that your pup is safe and ready to travel then it is always worthwhile visiting your vet. If travelling abroad it is essential to ensure you have the right vaccinations and medications if required.
Travelling with your dog is great fun but you must remember their welfare is number one. Some pups simply don’t enjoy travelling so it may not be the best idea to consider taking them away whereas others absolutely love the whole experience. Always think about your pup first and if you’re not sure, consider a short journey with passengers to support them to begin with, before you build up to your great escape!
European Essentials for your Pup
It’s important to consider whether it’s in your pup’s best interest to take them abroad or whether they would be best left cared for by friends, family or someone you trust. When travelling with your pup in Europe there are some legal requirements to consider, including:
- A pet passport: your pup will need certification that identifies them and confirms, from your vet, that they are healthy.
- Microchip: it’s UK law that your pup needs to be microchipped but it’s also a legal requirement when travelling in Europe
- Tapeworm treatment: tapeworms are a common health problem for dogs in Europe so it makes sense to be prepared
- An up to date rabies vaccination
For more information on travelling abroad, visit https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.