The rules for traveling with your cat or dog out of the country changed on January 1st, 2021. Make sure you are aware of the rules of the game before you leave for your vacation.
If you decide to travel with your pet or let them be in the hands of a responsible pet owner It’s crucial to do your best to ensure that your pet is relaxed and happy. A lot of pets feel the changes in their routine, surroundings and traveling stress-inducing, so you’ll need to figure out what’s most suitable for them.
If you’re planning to take your pet on a holiday ensure you have a prepare before booking. Smaller animals that aren’t used to travel and new locations should not be taken on vacation since it’s likely to be stress-inducing for them.
Traveling with your pet to a foreign country
The rules to take the pet, cat, or ferret out of the country vary based of the nation you’re traveling to or from.
The possibility of traveling to EU and Northern Ireland with a pet
The passports of pets are not valid anymore. You’ll need to get a new medical certificate issued by your veterinarian for every trip you take in Europe as well as Northern Ireland – whether your pet has been there before or otherwise.
It is necessary to bring your pet to the veterinarian for a certificate. The procedure should be completed within 10 days prior to your leave for your trip. You must plan your trip ahead, since the vets are extremely busy right now and might not be able to squeeze appointments on short notice.
Microchipping and Rabies vaccinations for your pet
Your pet needs to be vaccinated against illnesses which we don’t have in the UK which includes the rabies virus. Ask your vet for advice.
If the pet you have adopted hasn’t been on a trip, or their vaccination against rabies is out of the date, then you’ll need to see your veterinarian within 21 days prior to your trip. The pet should be at minimum 12 weeks old in order to receive the rabies vaccine. After receiving the rabies vaccine, you are not allowed to leave for more than 21 days.
It is also necessary the microchip of your animal since this is the best way to return your dog you in the event of it being lost.
Tapeworm treatment is mandatory in certain countries
Your pet may also require an injection of tapeworms if you’re going to:
Your pet is required to make to see a veterinarian to undergo this procedure between two and five days prior to your arrival in the country. You might be able to have this procedure completed after you receive an Animal Health Certificate if the time frames allow.
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Pet checks before your holiday
The hotel you’re staying at is equipped with everything your pet requires and includes an emergency number for a veterinarian and an ‘out of hours’ services.
Make an appointment with your veterinarian at least one month prior to traveling. Consult your veterinarian to make sure the vaccination record of your dog, worm and flea treatments are current. The vet issues a health certificate which must be utilized within 10 days of the date it was issued.
Alongside having a microchip as well, your pet must wear the collar that has an identification tag that contains your name, your holiday address and contact information, so should they wander off, you will be reunited in the shortest time possible.
Let your pet enjoy an enjoyable and secure trip Read our guideline about the transport of your pet.
Take your dog to a holiday
Holidays are a wonderful opportunity to bond with your pet, however there are some breeds that don’t like the change, and might not enjoy the same amount of fun as you’ll. Take into consideration things like their health and age prior to making your booking. Sometimes, it’s a better idea to have someone else look for your dog while you’re away.
Consult your veterinarian to make sure your dog is healthy and fit for travel and keeps up with the various things you’ll be taking part in.
Before taking your dog
Make sure to check the weather. Dogs require protection from suffering heatstroke.
Request the hotel’s policy for the hotel you’re staying at. Tell them you’re bringing your dog along and inquire about amenities they have for dogs to help you determine what equipment you may or not require to bring.
Check out local dog-friendly activities as well as places such as bars, cafes, and pubs.
Use a smelly object that you are familiar with, such as blankets, favorite snacks and toys.
Enjoy your holiday with your dog
Try to adhere their routines as much as you can (same time for walks, meals and bathroom breaks).
Maintain the same food plan as they do at home, in case of a sudden change can cause upset stomach.
Place the smelly, familiar item in your dog’s bed , or in a place where they’ll be spending a lot of time. This can help them feel safe in a strange space.
Give your pet the time they require to explore their surroundings.
Do not leave them unattended for long enough to cause them stress.
Relax – throughout all the excitement and fun of the holiday , ensure your pet has plenty of time to relax in a peaceful and comfortable area.
Keep your dog safe during the holiday
Take your dog for a walk on a leash unless you’re confident that it’s safe for you to let them run free from other roads and dangers.
If walking in darkness or under dim lighting wear a collar with an LED or light so that others are able to be able to see your dog.
Be sure to check their behavior frequently Any changes could suggest that they’re unhappy, stressed or even sick.
Do not leave your dog in a place in a place where they can cause harm, for example, if they’re hanging out in a shop in the scorching heat.
Other pets with you during the holiday
If you are planning to take your pet or cat to the beach with you take a look at our top suggestions to ensure they feel secure and at ease.
Cats on holiday with a pet
Cats must always be capable of hiding as it makes them feel secure. If your cat is at home, offer your cat a place to hide, such as an igloo-bed or an empty cardboard box.
Many cats feel stressed in their carriers. Help them feel secure in their carriers by putting it in a calm area of the home, adding cozy bedding, and frequently placing delicious treats and their favorite toys inside. When you are transporting your cat around, always have something familiar inside the carrier.
Take rabbits and other small animals for a holiday
Take them all together – if you must transport your rabbits , or any other animals of a small size, transport them along with their trusted companion(s) to reduce anxiety and minimize the risk of issues with reintroductions.
Small animals like hamsters are best transported within their own cages. If this isn’t possible move them into smaller, more secure pet carrier.
Remove some old, unoiled nesting materials into the travel bag and into its it can be familiar to your pet and provide a sense of security.
Food and drinks ensure that rabbits and other small animals are always able to access water and food while moving.
Be sure to keep them away from cats and dogs Make sure they’re protected from cats and dogs to ensure that they aren’t terrified.