Travelling with your pet can be a wonderful experience, but failing to prepare properly can make it quite stressful for both of you. We have compiled a list of top tips that will keep you and your buddy happy until you reach your destination. Here are a few questions your should ask yourself before setting off on your journey.
1. How are you going to transport your pet?
Are you travelling by car, boat or plane? Either way you need to make sure that your pet is safe and comfortable for their journey. Travelling in an unfamiliar environment can be very stressful for your pet. We recommend using Adpatil collar for dogs and Feliway for cats to help them relax and keep them calm. These products release pheromones that help to calm and relax your pet during its journey. If you are travelling by car, it is advisable to restrain your pet using a seatbelt or harness.
At Petworld we have a number of options available to you. Our selection of airline approved Carry Crates come in a range of colours and sizes. The carriers’ are suitable for various pets including rabbits, cats and dogs. Please ask in store which one is most suitable for your pet.
2. How will you feed them and give them water?
It is vitally important that your pet has access to food and water, especially over longer journeys. In hotter weather, remember to stop and pull over to let them out for a drink and an opportunity to stretch their legs. Humans aren’t the only ones that get stiff after a long journey! We stock portable water dispensers for your pet such as the Petface Travel Water Bottle or the Armitage Portable Pet Water Bottle, both with a handy flip down feeding bowl to avoid messy spills on the go. Some pets may experience travel sickness so we recommend Johnson’s Travel-Eze Tablets to help settle them into the journey – and hopefully keep your car free of any unwanted deposits. We have a wide range of bowls that can be used to feed you pet on the go as well.
3. Are there any restrictions on pets where I am going?
Are you travelling abroad? If so it is best for you to check out any rules and regulations that may apply to your pet before you set off. Many countries have a period of quarantine so check if it applies to you. It is important to have your pet micro chipped and also to have a full health check with your vet before you set off as well. Try and find out if there is a vet near where you are staying in case of an emergency. If you are staying in your own country then make sure that your desired location is pet friendly.
Is your pet up to date with its vaccinations? Your pet needs to be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days prior to travel. As well as this, your dog will need a tapeworm treatment from your vet between 1-5 days before your departure date. This will need to be recorded on your pet passport. To travel aboard with your pet you have to get a Pet Passport so you can bring your pets to and from the EU (and many other countries around the world) on holidays without need for quarantine. To get a pet passport, go to your local vet and they will instruct you on what your pet needs. You don’t want to expose your pet to any unnecessary risks so we advise you to apply for a passport as soon as you plan to go on holidays.
4. How can you keep your pet entertained?
Keeping your pet entertained on holidays may be the most difficult question you have to ask yourself. It is best to try and keep them in their regular routine as best you can. If you go for a walk every morning, make sure and do the same on your holidays. If you are travelling to a hot country make sure that the pavement or tarmac is not too hot or they may scald their paws! Are the beaches dog friendly? Some may be but a lot may not so make sure and check before you leave. We have a range of toys and chews available at Petworld that will keep them entertained without taking up too much space in your suitcase. If you are in a noisy area it may be good to have a quiet area to put your pet so as not to frighten them. You can try one of the Adaptil or Feliway products as outlined above to help them relax.
Make sure your pet has access to plenty of food and water.