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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?
If your pet won't enjoy the journey or holiday, it might be better to have a staycation or have your pet looked after at home.
Dogs aren't big fans of heat and humidity – especially when they're more used to British climate.
Older or frailer pets find travel and new places much trickier than young, healthy animals.
Do your research – are there any animal diseases where you're going that aren't found in the UK?
To make travel to certain countries easier (and avoid quarantine on the way back) speak to your vet about getting a pet passport. For more about the Pet Travel scheme and to find out which countries participate, visit www.defra.gov.uk.
Make sure your pet is microchipped, even if you're not going far.
A COMFORTABLE JOURNEY
Exercise your pet well beforehand so they settle down for the journey.
Don't feed them a really big meal before you set off - it can make them feel uncomfortable or sick.
Put their favourite blanket or toy in their travel bed or crate.
For safe and comfy car rides, use secure pet carriers or dog seat belts.
On car journeys, make a stop every 2 hours so your dog can have some water, stretch their legs and have a toilet break.
Never leave your pet in a parked car. Even on a cool day the inside of a car can reach critically high temperatures within minutes.
& HOME BOARDING
Always try and get a recommendation from your vet or friends for kennels or catteries.
Visit before booking. Make sure it's clean, comfortable and well run, and that the staff can cater to any specific needs your pet may have.
A ‘home boarding’ or ‘homestay’ is when your pet stays in a real home rather than a cage or pen. This can be less stressful for your pet. The best places usually get booked up well in advance, so be quick!
Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date before they’re booked in.
Leave your pet with their favourite blanket or toy. The smell of home will help them feel safer in their new environment.
Getting a pet sitter means your pet can stay at their own home and be looked after by a pet lover who can care for your furry friend 24/7.
Most professional pet sitters are insured and registered, just check any credentials and get references before you book someone.
It’s best to meet your pet sitter well in advance of when you need them, so that they can get to know your pet (and vice versa) and all the details of their everyday care.
To find a pet-sitter in your area visit the National Association of Registered Pet Sitters website at www.dogsit.com.
Friends and family are great pet sitters if they're available, as your pet will know them – and it means you can return the favour for their pets.
Adapting to new surroundings and people can often have an impact on your pet’s digestive system. To help avoid your pet losing their appetite or experiencing tummy troubles, take enough of their usual food with you (or leave enough wherever they are staying).
Using a daily probiotic supplement can help prevent any tummy upsets when on holiday.
With a bit of careful planning you can do your best to make sure your pet is calm and comfortable while you’re away. The happier and relaxed you know they are means the more you can enjoy your holiday - good times for all!
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