Animal Friends Blog
Our dogs are an important part of our family, so it’s no surprise that they sometimes get to join in on the annual holidays, too. While some prefer travelling across the UK when the school’s break out, others are keen to cross the Channel and get away from the British weather for a week or two.
So, if you’re planning to take your dog abroad with you what do you need to do to make sure it goes as smoothly as it can?
Before booking a place to stay you’ll need to make sure they’ll let your dogs stay, and this might even come at an extra cost but it’s worth it knowing that you’re booking doesn’t go to waste if you end up having to find alternative accommodation because your dog isn’t allowed with you.
Don’t forget your passports!
Passports are double, triple checked before heading out the door in a panicked dash as you’ve already left later than planned but don’t forget your dog’s passport too. There are issued by your vet and will have all their essential medical information.
A few things are required before your vet can issue your pet its passport:
- Your dog is microchipped (this is now law in the UK but it’s compulsory for travel, too)
- The microchip details are up-to-date
- Rabies vaccination (21 days before travel)
- All vaccinations are up-to-date
- A photograph of your dog is also needed
Check if the country you’re visiting has any other additional requirements for your dog and it might be worth speaking to your vet to see if they recommend any further treatment based on your holiday destination.
If you already have pet insurance then it’s a good idea to check if the policy covers trips abroad, this way you’ll know if you’re covered in the event of an accident or illness. This can give you some peace of mind, so you can truly look forward to getting away.
If you don’t have insurance and you want to get cover, then check our dog insurance policies for more information.
Check for vets
When booking your holiday make sure to check for local vets close to your holiday headquarters. This will make things easier in the event of an emergency as you’ll know there’s somewhere to take your dog if they need medical attention.
Make sure you have everything you would usually take with your dog. There’s nothing worse than arriving at a destination and realising you’ve forgotten something, so making a checklist will hopefully help avoid any unnecessary stresses.
Before returning to the UK
Before you come back to the UK you’ll need to make sure their vaccinations are still within the expiry date and they will need to be treated against tapeworm when returning from certain countries. This will need to be done by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before you check-in to return home.
If your dog isn’t a fan of travelling, or you think it’ll be easier to leave them at home then why not consider hiring a dog sitter, booking them into a reputable kennel or get friends or family to look after your dog while you go away. Just don’t forget to get them a souvenir!
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