Pets On Tour

It’s great to be able to include pets in your family fun.  Although a little extra planning is needed, taking the dog with you on holidays is a rewarding experience for you and your pet.  By choosing the right accommodation, taking the dogs favourite toy, familiar bedding and paying attention to details for your dog’s health and safety while on the move, your holiday can be fun and a stress free for everyone.

Transport

For driving, a safety harness or a barricade across the backseat is important.  Also make sure there is good ventilation. If your pet is travelling in the back of a boot, take care with an ample size cage and don’t forget about shade.

Toilet stops and breaks

Head off on your road trip with a water bowl, treats, food tray and the leash for your dog. Keep plenty of bottled water on hand in case tap water isn’t available. You don’t want a thirsty hound on your hands. Make sure you allow extra travel time for toilet and exercise breaks when planning your drive.  It’s nicest, and safest, to take rest stops at a park or playground so you and your pooch can have a run around. Dogs easily suffer heat stress, so never leave your pet in the car unattended.  Also consider buying shade screens for the windows if the dog will be travelling in the back of your car.

Accommodation

The internet is your best friend when it comes to finding pet friendly accommodation. This can range from farm stays to dog-friendly B & B’s, camping and caravan parks. Before you book, it is important to check the in-house rules. Do they allow animals matching your pet’s size? Do you need to bring your pet’s bedding? Are dogs allowed inside or outside only? Is there a fenced area for your dog to relax? It is best to pick accommodation which allows a close match with your dog’s usual routine.

Pet health

Although we hope it never happens, anyone can get sick on holidays, including your pets. So before heading off, find out where the local vet or pet hospital is. This is particularly important if you are going camping or heading somewhere remote. Also don’t forget to pack any pet medication you may need and take enough for the whole time you are away.