Travelling with your dog

Dog holding his suitcase

Brexit

There is a lot of confusion surrounding travelling with your pet if and when we exit the European Union. Under the current Travel Scheme, pet owners can travel with their pet to Europe if they hold a valid passport and if we do ever leave, as long as we strike a deal, nothing will change.

Journey check list (not by plane)

  1. Medication.  It is really important that your remember your dogs pills and a little extra would tide them over, in case your journey home is delayed.
  2. Water bowl.  If your are travelling abroad, or just enjoying a stay-cation in the UK, you should remember to keep your pet(s) hydrated.
  3. Up to date chip.  Hugely important, since if your pet does get lost, an up to date chip will inform the dog warden/rescuer, of your address and contact telephone number.
  4. Shampoo and towel.  Readiness for bad weather.
  5. Check local veterinary practises in the area where you are holidaying.
  6. Blanket
  7. Poo bags
  8. Food (water for the journey)
  9. Treats
  10. Lead.
  11. Favourite toy
  12. Brush or comb

Plane trip

  1. Always check with the airline that your pet(s), details/passport is up to date and that you have the correct documentation.
  2. Keep your pets current medical history with you.
  3. Ensure that your dog is fed and exercised before your journey.

Remember:

  • Airlines can delay or cancel your pets flight if they are deemed to be stressed, ill or aggressive.
  • Crates must be appropriately sized.
  • No wire crates are accepted.
  • Crates must have appropriate ventilation.
  • Crates must have carry handles.
  • You must have fed your pet no longer than four hours before they fly
  • A health check must be undertaken by a veterinarian and a rabies injection given well in advance.
  • There should be no lead or muzzle in the crate.
  • Dogs should be older than eight weeks old and fully weaned from their mothers.
  • Live animal should be written on the crate.

Taking your dog on holiday can be stress free if you plan ahead.  Weather your taking your dog here in the UK, or overseas, any paperwork, documentation can be organised weeks in advance.

If your going in your car, make a habit of regular stops on your journey. You will both appreciate a toilet break and the chance to stretch your legs, but be sure to keep your dogs leashed to prevent an escape.

Leaving your dog at home

Not all dogs are suitable for travel.  Some may be nervous (have a history of anxiety during confinement or travel).  Some dogs may have ongoing health problems or just too old to undergo a long journey, so you should plan ahead for your pet care.

There are all kinds of care depending on your budget, but booking ahead will ensure that your dog will be cared for while you are away.