Holidaying with Man’s Best Friend
Your dog is a best friend and a part of the family – and it’s not so easy for an animal owner to make a last-minute travel plan, because, of course, we need to think about the wellness of our fur-babies.
Thankfully, travelling with your pooch is not as difficult as you might think, and it should not deter you from finalising those Easter getaways.
So, if you’ve planned on taking that trip with Meatball in tow, consider the following:
- Is your pet well socialised – or, are they aggressive or perhaps skittish and afraid of people. Just like us, some animals aren’t made for travel.
- If you’ve decided that Meatball will indeed join you, be sure to get an all clear from your vet. Discuss remedies for anxiety and make sure that they are microchipped, if not done so already. This well help strangers get in contact with you if your four-pawed pal decides to go running after that Hadada.
- Head off on the trip with a water bowl, treats, food tray and the leash for your dog. Keep plenty of bottled water on hand in case tap water isn’t available – you don’t want a thirsty dog on your hands.
- Allow extra travel time for toilet stops and exercise breaks.
- Dogs easily suffer from the heat, so under no circumstances leave your pet in the car unattended. Also, consider buying shade screens for the windows if the dog will be travelling in the back of the car.
- When it comes to finding pet friendly accommodation – have a look at farm stays, to dog friendly B&Bs, camping and caravan farms. Airbnb is great if you’re looking for houses to rent.
- Always check the in-house rules: are dogs allowed inside; is there a fenced area, etc.
- If you are going to be going out to an evening show, or dinner where dogs are not allowed then enquire about a dog sitter. Check with your accommodation first. Do they offer this service? If not, are there reliable sitters in the area? Will they come to you or do you take the dog to them?
- Although a little extra planning is required, taking your pooch on holiday with you will only be a rewarding experience – they are Man’s Best Friend after all.