If you are dreaming of heading off into the sunshine, worries about your taking your pet may be one of the things holding you back. These top tips will help you prepare your furry friend for travel, thereby hopefully leaving you free to jet off on an adventure, with a happy pet in tow.
- First stop, the vet. If you want to take your pet abroad, they’ll need to be fully up to date with their vaccinations. Your vet will be able to issue you with a health certificate to prove this, and you should take the certificate with you on your trip.
- Get your pet microchipped. This is a great thing to do even if you aren’t heading off on your travels, as it means if your pet goes missing they will have a much better chance of being returned home. On holiday, where everything is new and unfamiliar to your pet, it could be even more vital that you put in place a means for you and your pet to be reunited.
- In the name of being prepared, it might be a good idea to get pet insurance for your little friend before you jet off, making sure to get a policy that also covers him or her abroad.
- Don’t forget his meds! If your pet is on any medication, make sure you pack enough to see him or her through the entirety of the holiday. You may want to ask your vet to write you an extra prescription, in case any tablets get lost on the journey.
- Pack for a happy pet. Bring along a couple of your pet’s favourite toys to help him or her feel settled during the journey and on your arrival.
- If you are considering travelling by airline, check their policy regarding pets. This will help you decide whether it’s the right thing to do for your pet, or if you may need to adjust your plans and travel to a holiday destination by car.
- Don’t forget to make sure your accommodation is pet-friendly too.