Top Tips for Travelling With Your Dog
On one of our holidays to Devon, we lost two leads, ran out of food and ended up having to cook for them as they would not eat anything from the local pet shop, oh and we forgot the dog beds. Our last holiday went like clockwork due to over the top planning, so we have put together this guide so you can choose what suits your trip.
OUR TOP TIPS
Start planning for your dog at least two weeks before you leave, last-minute stress could be passed onto your dog. At the end of this article, we will add the current legal requirements for travelling outside the United Kingdom.
A suitcase for your dog, totally!
It may sound a little bit over the top but bear with, a suitcase is perfect for getting ready, you can pack all of their items, including treats and zip it up to keep them safely away. We always start with the essentials, a couple of weeks before setting off.
- Get microchip tested to make sure it is working correctly
- Order extra medications if necessary
- Save phone numbers of Veterinarians in the surrounding area you will be staying.Extra lead and collar (what if you lose one?)
- Extra dog tag
- Poo Bags, you can never have too many.
- Non-spill water bowl
- Cooling bandana for the car
- First aid kit
- Tick Remover
So it's the day of the journey, how do you plan to restrain your dog? The safest way is to soft crate your dog, but if they have not been in a container before or do not like them, then use an approved car harness. Car harnesses are safer than attaching a lead to your dog collar as your dog's neck could be damaged during impact. Approved car harnesses are more reliable than every day harnesses, due to rigorous testing.Before you set off, try to expel as much energy from your dog and do not feed them more than 2 hours before the journey, it all helps in the end! Have a bottle of water handy and a non-spill bowl in case they start to pant (panting can also be a sign of stress).
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