Pets make travelling a lot more difficult, either you take them with you and may have to send them through the ordeal of pet travel and depending on country possible quarantine, or you need to leave them at home or in kennels. It can cause extra stress both on you and your pet and so needs a little thought and pre-planning. That's why we thought we would create this guide that you can use as a checklist for what to do when travelling when you have a pet.
First you will need to decide on whether to take your pet with you or leave them here in the UK. This is something you will have to decide early, with plenty of time to plan and organise what you need to do to make sure your pet is safe and prepared. We recommend looking at how difficult it would be to get the little rascal to your destination - do the airlines allow pets on board, and what the rules your accommodation abroad have on pets and animals.
Whether you are taking your pet or not be aware it is now a legal requirement that all dogs in England and Wales be micro-chipped, so if your dog isn’t microchipped yet, regardless of where you are travelling this summer, we suggest you get that done usually the cost is approximately £10. Cats, rabbits and other animals do not currently have a legal requirement but we would definitely suggest you look into getting this done whether you go abroad or not.
Of course the simplest possibility is to leave them with family or a friend whom the pet(s) know and recognise. This makes things easier for both of you, though it may add extra stress to the person you are leaving them with so make sure to thank them. If this is not possible you will have to use a professional pet sitter or a kennel, both of which will likely have certain rules you will need to follow with regards to vaccinations.
It has become much easier to take pets abroad with you these days with the introduction of pet passports however you will have to check and prepare a few things before you go to accommodate taking your pet abroad with you.
Leaving the familiarity of home can provoke anxiety in people and animals. If you are traveling by car, be sure to bring along some of your pet’s favorite toys, a blanket or pillow bed, and his regular food. If your pet is used to sleeping in a crate, bring it along so he can sleep in his familiar space. You may want to bring along a travel crate anyway as they can help with keeping your pet safe during the journey. Otherwise keeping your pet to as close to your regular routine as possible will aid in calming them and will hopefully help them enjoy the new environments and have a great holiday along with you.
Of course going abroad you may want to get some travel insurance. Pets are currently not covered by our travel insurance policies but you will get cover for the usual risks and issues that may crop up. Additional cover to look for would be Airline failure and travel disruption and making sure you have the medical cover you need. These will cover you should you experience issues with cancelled connections or any of your selected airlines going bankrupt whilst you are abroad.
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