Now that summer is here, many of us are thinking about taking our pets on holiday with us. Many pet owners choose to holiday in the UK to make it easier to take dogs and cats with them and there are lots of self-catering options all over the UK which are happy to have pets staying. There are also many pet friendly hotels and even some which do not advertise the fact, will allow you to bring a dog with you if you arrange it in advance.
Some dogs and cats can get stressed on long car or train journeys so we sometimes give them some anti-anxiety medicine so help make the travelling more enjoyable for everyone. There are lots of options available including natural and herbal remedies so please do ask if you are concerned and would like some advice. Also remember that pets should be safely restrained in the car and we can advise you about car safety harnesses or other options which may be suitable.
If you would like to take your pet abroad, you need to plan well ahead of time. At the moment, the Pet Travel Scheme allows us to take dogs and cats to Europe and bring them back to the UK without the need to go into quarantine as long as their passport is up to take and all the requirements are met. The pet needs to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies a minimum of 3 weeks before travel abroad. In some cases they also need a pet health certificate before travel which we need to fill in just before they leave. Before they come back to the UK you need to make sure that the rabies vaccines are still up to date and they will also need to see a vet in Europe to have tapeworm treatment. Please get in touch with us well before you go to make sure that we have all the paperwork sorted out for you.
This link to the DEFRA website might be useful if you are thinking about taking your pet to Europe.
The requirements for travel can change at any time so it is best to keep up to date with the requirements before you plan your trip.
It is much more complicated to take your pet to countries out-with Europe and you would need to research any requirements for vaccines and blood tests and official export/import permits months before you were planning to go. You might find it easier to use a specific pet travel company if you were thinking of doing this who will make sure there are no last minute problems with the paperwork etc.
Also don’t forget that there are different parasites abroad which can affect your pet such as heartworm so remember to talk to us about parasite prevention before you go.
If you are not taking your pet with you on holiday there are lots of options for them now including kennels, pet sitters and house sitters!
Whatever you are doing for your holidays I hope you and your pets have a lovely time!
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