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A Guide to Travelling With Your Pet

A Guide to Travelling With Your Pet

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A guide to travelling with your pet and caring for them when they join you on holiday
A guide to travelling with your pet and caring for them when they join you on holiday

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Published by: Sara Slapp on Oct 04, 2011
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 A Guide to Travelling with your Pet
Photo by Raymond Barlow via Flickr 
We love our pets so much, and for many of us going on holiday without them has becomeunthinkable. Bringing them along does require a little extra planning. You need to make additionaltravel arrangements and ensure your destinations are pet friendly. This guide will offer some adviceabout how to ensure they are well looked after and can enjoy the holiday as much as you do.
 
Pet Passport
 –
Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
Issued by your vet, this passport scheme was implemented to stop the spread of rabies and otherdiseases, but still allow easy travel with your pet between member countries. All animals susceptibleto rabies must go into quarantine for six months if they do not meet these requirements.
Eligibility:
Before leaving, you need to make sure that your pet has a:
 
Microchip
 –
 
logging your pet’s number can also
reunite you with a pet that has become lost or runaway
 
Rabies Vaccination
 
Blood Test
 
Not been to a non-PETS country within the last sixmonths.You must also travel on a PETS approved sea, air, or rail route and update tick and tapewormtreatment before your vet will issue your pet passport.
Pet Friendly Destinations
Planning ahead and knowing which places are pet-friendly will make both of your lives much easier.
Many hotels offer amenities specific to pets and pet owners, and it’s wise to check to see if your
hotel is pet friendly before booking
 –
there are many resources online to make this easier.Beaches, gardens, parks and other attractions are often pet friendly, and doing proper research asyou plan your itinerary will help you include your pet in most of the activities. If you knowbeforehand tha
t an attraction is not accessible, it’s much easier to arrange a dog
-walker or other
caretaker while you’re away. Some dog friendly hotels and cottages have kennels onsite
to facilitatethis.
photo by anthonyatinterlink via flickr
 
Travelling by air
Smaller animals can travel with you in the cabin on some airlines, provided the pet carrier is smallenough to be stowed under the seat. Larger animals must be checked in as baggage and stowed inthe cargo area. Airlines charge hefty fees for animals (sometimes as much as your own ticket), andits best to check availability when you book your own ticket
to ensure you’re both on the same
flight. These are the PETS approved air routes and carriers in the EU.
Travelling by rail and by sea
Pets are allowed on most trains in Europe, but are not allowed on some local routes or on theEurostar. Small dogs often travel free, and larger ones usually travel at half the second class fare.Some railways require dogs to be on a leash or in a carrying case. Many ferries limit where your dogor cat can go while on board, but they usually have some kind of pet area on the vehicle deck. Theseare the PETS approved routes by sea and rail in the EU. You will often be required to be travelling with a vehicle as part of your PETS Passport.
Carrying container
Your pet’s
carrying container should be wellventilated and roomy enough for the animal tomove around. Familiarize them with thecontainer before the trip and put a favourite toyor cushion in there with them to help themsettle. Feed your pet a light meal a couple of hours before putting them in the container andmake sure to stock it with adequate food andwater for the trip.
 Car Rental
Dollar, Enterprise, and Thrifty
 
do not allow pets to ride in their rental cars with the exception of assistance dogs. Other
 
rental
companies do accept dogs, but charge additional fees. If you’re
renting a car, any damage your pet causes by chewing or scratching will not be covered by yourtemporary car insurance,and companies will bill you to repair damage and clean up any accidents orpet hair.

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