Tips for travelling safely with your pet dog

You need a break, a change of scene, but the problem is you have a pet dog and you are not sure that you want to leave him or her in kennels or with somebody else. It seems that more and more of us are opting to take our hound with us on holiday, after all, what kind of holiday is it if you can’t share it with a good friend? Travelling with a dog can be great but you have to realise at the outset that this is not just about you having a good time, it’s about your dog having a good time too and that may mean that you have to make some concessions along the way. This trip will need some doggy centred planning so here’s a few suggestions to get you started.

Travelling by car

Maybe your dog is used to car travel, but if not, don’t spring a five-hour car journey on them without giving them a chance to get used to long car journeys first. Make sure that they are safe and secure in the car, either by means of a dog guard, a dog crate or a seat restraint. Let them get tired out before a long journey and once en route stop regularly for a bit of exercise and to avoid any accidents.

Car travel with a pet dog

Medication

If your dog is on medication, make sure that you have enough, that you remember to pack it and make sure you’ve checked with your vet that there are no restrictions on this medication in the areas where you’ll be travelling.

Insurance

You wouldn’t travel without travel insurance, right? Well, your dog needs pet insurance because they are at a greater risk of injury when travelling. How much you pay will be affected by age, the medical history of your pet and it may take into account any risks specific to your dog’s breed.

Check the accommodation beforehand

You and your dog do not want to find yourselves stressed out because the accommodation is not really suitable for dog owners, so do your due diligence and ensure that you really have selected a doggy friendly location.

Bring some home comforts

You understand that you are going away somewhere different, you dog doesn’t, so make sure that you bring some familiar items from home with you. Water dish, toys, blanket, bed, whatever you can fit in to help your pooch feel reassured.

Pet dog on a holiday

Respect your dog

You know your dog’s character, so don’t put it in situations which you know it will not enjoy. Be patient and give your dog time to acclimatise, remember, it was your decision to bring them along, not theirs.

Make sure that they are always wearing a collar

Your dog is in a strange environment, it’s very easy for even the most well-behaved dog to get confused and go astray. Make sure that you have updated the information contained in the collar so that it is relevant to where you are staying.

Doggy first aid kit

Bandages, surgical tape, Elizabethan collar, just in case.