Happy Travels for you and your dog

Dog with Sunhat

Christmas holidays are over and many people’s thoughts are turning towards booking a break. There’s no greater feeling than heading off on holiday with your dog and sharing the sense of excitement and adventure, but you might want to plan ahead to ensure your pet enjoys the trip as much as you do.

To make travelling with your pooch as smooth a process as possible, we’ve put together a few hints and tips to help you on your way.

Before you set sail, you might want to ensure your dog’s ID tag is up to date. In the unlikely event that your dog goes missing, you’ll want to find him as quickly as possible. If your home or mobile number isn’t on his tag you might face a delay in his return and nobody wants to wait longer than is necessary to make sure their pet is safe and well.

If you have the space, add a family member or friend’s details to your pet’s ID tag, enabling them to be contacted if your mobile telephone is out of reach.

Many dogs suffer from car-sickness, so it might serve you and your pet well to feed him at least three hours before you get in the car. Before you hit the road, take a nice long walk, so he’s ready to rest and relax during your journey. You can also buy travel sickness tablets, which may come in handy on a long trip.

No matter how consistent your dog’s behaviour is under normal circumstances, it’s impossible to predict how he will react when you set off on your trip. A loud noise or unfamiliar stimuli may lead to your dog moving around the car, causing a potentially dangerous obstruction to your ability to steer. Be careful not to leave windows half-open if your dog is small enough to wriggle through. Windows can present a tempting escape route for small pets.

It’s always advisable to pop your canine in a crate during your journey. Fabric carriers are a good way to transport your dog, but a hard plastic carrier is more durable. Like people, pets can get badly hurt if the car makes a sudden movement.

Ensure your schedule accommodates time for regular breaks. For his physical comfort and happiness, your dog needs to take frequent trips to the ‘toilet’ and stretch its legs.

Unexpected delays are frequent in the UK, so make sure you have plenty of food and water to keep Fido happy if you do get stuck in a jam.

Don’t forget to ensure that your four-legged friend is micro-chipped. It will be a legal requirement in England from 6th April 2016.

Before you go, be sure to enter the telephone number of a vet based at your destination town into your phone, just in case your dog is taken ill on route or while you’re holidaying.

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