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5 Important Factors to Consider When Taking Your Pet on Holiday

Your pet is part of the family. When you go on holiday, you don’t want to leave him or her behind, but at the same time, you need to be sure that they remain happy and comfortable at all times. A break from the routine might be the best thing for you, but for a dog, it can be distressing if the correct precautions are not put in place. Here are 5 factors you must consider when it comes to holidaying with your pet.

Is Your Accommodation Pet-Friendly?

This may seem obvious but you would be surprised at the number of people that bring a cat or dog with them to their accommodation, without even checking if they’re welcome. Be sure that when searching for holiday property that it is clearly marked as ‘pets allowed’ along with a check to see the maximum number they permit during your stay. If the property is pet-friendly, but a limit to 1 dog, bringing more than this may invalidate your stay and you may be asked to leave without refund.

Many websites now offer the feature to search specifically for pet-friendly accommodation to help make searching as simple as possible. For example, has a dedicated area to find pet-friendly log cabins with hot tubs, saving you time and giving you the peace of mind that you’re booking the right accommodation for your needs.

Are You Offering a Comfortable Journey for them?

For many, the best mode of transport when travelling with pets is via car. Long distances and time-consuming journeys can present many challenges for the pet, so it’s important to bear these following tips in mind.

Take plenty of water with you in the car. Warm weather and car interiors don’t mix, causing dehydration and suffering for your pet. Be sure to carry plenty of water bottles and a drinking bowl so that you can replenish their water intake during travel.

Breaks are vitally important to give your pet the chance to unwind during the journey and the opportunity to stretch their legs and grab some much needed fresh air. Before you set off, plan suitable stop-off locations en-route so you can be sure that the journey is as stress-free as possible.

Another important point when it comes to travelling with pets is to ensure the meal they have beforehand is a good few hours before travelling. Travelling on a full stomach increases the likelihood that they will suffer from sickness during the trip, so give them the opportunity to let any food settle before travelling.

Have You Got Plans in Place Should They Go Missing?

As well as being microchipped, your pet should wear a collar with an identity tag with your name, holiday address and mobile phone number, so if they get lost you can be reunited as quickly as possible.

Can You Get a Pet Sitter On Holiday?

Chances are whilst on holiday you will want to make the most of the time away from home. This often means excursions and nights out. Whilst you may leave your pet alone for short durations back at home, being alone in a different environment can be quite stressful for the pet. Always look to see if there are any boarding homes or pet sitters in the area that can help make it easier for both yourself and your pet. Top tips;

  • Are confident that they will care for your pet properly
  • Give them clear instructions on how to care for your pet
  • Ensure your pets medication, vaccinations and flea control are all up to date

Don’t Leave Planning to the Last Minute

It can take much time to sort out care arrangements for your pet and so you should always do this well in advance of your trip. If you are not taking your pet with you when you go away, they will still need looking after when you’re not there, so always be sure that alternative options are available prior to making a booking and parting with your hard earned cash.