Daily Doggie Tip #18

Taking your dogs on holiday

It’s that time of year again, when the kids have broken up from school and many families are going on holiday.

If you are taking your dogs with you on holiday, then there are a few things that you need to consider:

• Make sure you pack all the obvious things, food, bowls, water, bed, leads, harnesses, collars, tie out stakes, first aid kit etc. Make sure your dog has access to water whilst travelling.

• When in the car, ensure your dog is comfortable and safely strapped in. Either with a seatbelt harness or behind dog guards.

• If you do breakdown, make sure the breakdown company are aware that you have dogs with you and how many.

• Take any pet insurance documents with you, in case you need veterinary treatment. Some pet insurances offer extra holiday cover, which may give extra peace of mind.

• Make sure you tell your microchip company that you are on holiday, and give relevant contact numbers and address of where you are staying in case your dog strays. It’s also a good idea to have an up to date photo of your dogs with you for the same reason. Some people like their dogs to wear an additional collar tag that contains all the information of the holiday address.

• Make sure that you know where the local vets are and that you have a telephone number for them. If your dog has a medical condition that requires regular medication and frequent vets trips, then it may be best to call the ‘holiday’ vets and talk to them about your dog, so you have peace of mind in the event of a problem occurring.

• When travelling with your dog, ensure that you give the dog plenty of rest breaks and time to stretch their legs. It is a good idea to keep your dog on a lead in unfamiliar surroundings. You will be surprised how many dogs stray when on holiday.

• If it is a very hot when travelling with your dog, remember to increase the amount of comfort breaks, and never leave your dog unattended in the car, not even for a couple of minutes. Hot cars kill dogs.

• When you reach your destination, ensure to check all boundary fencing to make sure it is of adequate height and completely dog proof. Never let your dog all over the furniture of the holiday cottage and always clear up after your dog. Unless previously arranged, never leave your dog unattended in the holiday cottage. A change of surroundings could make a placid dog destructive.

• Try to keep your dogs routine as normal as possible.

This list is not exhaustive, and much more information can be found at :

http://www.chudleys.com/pet-dog/nutrition-advice/taking-your-dog-on-holiday.html

If you are holidaying abroad with your dogs, then you will need an up to date pet passport. The exact requirements can be complex, so rather than try to explain them; I have added a link to the Government website:

https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

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