With the summer holidays coming up, everyone’s attention is turning towards the sky. Or more specifically, a hot beach and a cold drink in a different country.
While we all love a good summer holiday whether it’s in the UK or not, we need to take into account what our pets are going to be doing while we’re getting our tan on.
Will your pet be coming along for the ride?
Plane, train or car?
Where will they be staying?
Does your accommodation allow pets and what needs to be done before you can jet off into the sun with your pet at the heels?
To help with the stress, we’ve put together a simple pet holiday checklist.
Some things to consider
1. Our pets love their routines. Like us, they get used to day to day life as they know it. They know that they’re going for a walk after you have breakfast or that their litterbox will get changed when you get home. These routines are key to how our pets function and sometimes, a shock to this system like suddenly being somewhere new, or doing new things at weird times can cause a big upset.
To combat this, try to keep the routine as familiar as possible while away. So if you’re pet gets fed when you wake up or they’re used to a walk after dinner, try to keep this routine as much as possible. They’ll find it easier to cope if they can still recognise a routine.
2. Before you go anywhere, it’s always a great idea to check with your vet that the place you’re going is safe for pets in terms of vaccines and stuff like that. If not, does your pet need any new vaccines or injections before they can jet off? A quick chat with your vet before you leave is always a great idea.
3. Is the place you’re visiting suitable for pets? Do they allow them in the first place and what kind of conditions will your pet be staying in? Nothing worse than getting on your holiday only to find out the hotel doesn’t like cats. Always best to check beforehand. If they do allow pets, do they have all the facilities that your pet needs?
4. Is your pet easily trackable back to you? Are they microchipped and the contact details up to date? If not, does their collar have their name and contact details clearly shown. If you’re in a different language country, just clearly showing your phone number or other contact information can help with the language barrier.
What if it doesn’t work out?
Sometimes, with all things considered, it turns out its best that the pets stay at home this year. Sometimes this is best everyone so don’t let the puppy dog eyes get the better of you as you go to leave! Here’s some things to consider if it turns out cat and kitty are staying home this year.
Do you have some lovely friends and family who can dog or cat sit for you? Your pets staying at home where they’re familiar will help them stay comfortable while you’re away. Even if someone just pops round to keep the dog company, it all helps to keep your pet calm while you’re away.
If no one can come visit your pet at home, is anyone available to have your pet stay at their place? The constant company and familiar face will help keep them calm.
If no one is available to pet sit, will your pet be staying in a kennel or home? If so, are all their vaccinations up to date to keep kennel cough and other nasties at bay? Nothing worse than coming home to a sick pet. A quick chat with your vet can help you find out if your pet is kennel ready.
Are they recommended and do they seem genuine? Taking time to check that the kennel has all the necessary facilities to look after your pet is always a good idea.
Travelling with my pet
So the holiday is all booked, you’re packed and ready to go, now just for the long journey to your dream destination. What things do you need to think about to keep your pet happy during transit, whether in car, train or plane.
Making sure your pet has a big supply of fresh, cool water is the best start. Things can get hot in a moving car or a warm train all day and drinking cool water is the best way to help your pet cool down.
Making sure to feed your pet around 2 hours before you travel, not closer to departure time. Pets travel better when they haven’t got a full tummy but they’re not hungry either. If the journey is long enough that they’ll need to be fed, remember to bring a light meal for them and take frequent breaks.
Try to travel when it’s not boiling outside, early morning or evening time is usually best since it tends to be cooler outside which helps your pet stay cool.
Is there enough air for your pet? Trains and cars can get stuffy for humans, and we don’t have a full coat of fur to carry around as well! Sitting in cool breeze on the train or opening the window slightly in the car is a great way to keep your pet fresh.
With all that said, keeping your pet’s safety in mind is key. Do they have enough food and drink, are they cool enough and do they have everything they need to be found if they get lost.
Keeping all these things in mind and covering all the bases means you and your pet can enjoy a great holiday!
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