More and more holiday destinations are allowing dogs, both inside and outside Ireland. This means a greater number of people are holidaying with their dogs.
There are some important things to remember when travelling with your pooch;
- Visit your Vet and have them issue your pet a health certificate. This is a requirement if flying with your pets and some places require a health certificate even if you travel with your dog by car.
- If your dog is not already micro-chipped it is a good idea to do so before you travel. If you already have a microchip, check that your contact information is up to date and correct. If your dog gets lost on the drive you’ll have a much better chance of finding him if he is properly identified.
- Don’t feed your dog just before travelling as this will help reduce the chances of him suffering from car sickness.
- It goes without saying to bring some of your dog’s food along and be sure to provide fresh drinking water at all times.
- Make plenty of stops on your journey for him to stretch his legs and relieve himself. Never leave a dog alone in a car, especially on a warm or hot day. Make sure the sun is not directly on him whilst you are travelling and try to make your journey during morning or evening when temperatures are lower.
- Don’t forget to bring along some toys for your dog to distract itself with such as a cuddly toy or two will give your dog some security and fun.
- The safest place for your dog when travelling in the car is in a crate. If you really do not want to put your dog in a crate to travel, you must buy a Dog Car Harness. It is illegal otherwise.
- If your dog is not a regular passenger than it’s important to take him for some short trips before hitting the road for the long ride.
- It’s a good idea to have a list of dog friendly hotels before you leave. Be aware that some locations have a size limits and other restrictions for dogs. Research your pet friendly hotel in advance.
- Don’t forget to include Overseas Travel for your Pet on you Pet Insurance policy to cover your pet while you travel in the EU.