Vacations are great. There’s a reason they’re so popular. From a long weekend in the lakes to summertime trips to somewhere that combines sun, sea, and sand … and maybe a tall glass of something purple and fruity? Yes please. Holidays are a chance to recharge your batteries, read a book, take your mind off work, get a tan if you want to, and breathe out. But wait. What about the family dog? Do you leave your smallest and most furry family member with a neighbour or friend or great aunt? Do you place your pooch in kennels? That could work. But wouldn’t you rather make room on the trip and bring along those big puppy eyes rather than stare into them as you leave?
We’re going to look at dog friendly travel tips, but first, a note on personal travel safety. Speaking from experience, being far from home is the worst time to experience an injury. When you travel, you may need a lawyer. See here for details.
Your pooch needs a passport
This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people need to be reminded of the fact that dogs require travel documents for foreign travel. Be sure to research the relevant requirements of your destination country, as not every country will operate the same rules and restrictions.
Chip your dog
If you haven’t already, make sure your dog is chipped. This chip carries important owner information and can be the difference between a wandering pooch that you never see again (think about how sad the flight home would be!) and a quickly returned beloved pet.
Find a vet
Wherever you are going, there will be a local veterinarian. In fact, there will probably be more than one. Humans can speak about any ailments they may feel, and a simple complaint such as an upset stomach from drinking the water in a foreign country can be spoken about and diagnosed quickly. With dogs, diagnosis is nowhere near as fast. As much as we wish that we could ask our much loved four legged furry friends what is causing their change in mood or appetite (or what is causing them to suffer sleepless nights), we simply can’t.
Research the contact details and location of a well reviewed vet before you arrive so that you can speed things up in the event of a sick dog.