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Should you take your pet on holiday?

31 July 2017

Pets are part of the family, so it can be quite a wrench to leave them behind when you go on holiday. How many of us have sat by the pool, soaking up the sunshine while secretly worrying how our pets are getting on back home? One answer to this problem is to take your pet with you on your travels. Whether in the UK or abroad, this involves a lot of planning, but can ensure a truly memorable holiday for all the family.

However, not all pets enjoy going away, and some might find the change in routine and the travelling very stressful. Smaller mammals such as rabbits or guinea pigs tend to be much happier staying in their usual environment, looked after by a trusted neighbour or pet-sitter.

But no-one knows your pet better than you do – and if you’re sure they’d relish the change in scenery, and would be happier at your side, it’s time to start planning!

Here are a few Pets Corner tips for holiday happiness . . .

  • Make sure your pet will be comfortable on the journey, ideally travelling in a carrier that they’re already used to. Plenty of fresh water is essential
  • Check ahead that your accommodation has all the facilities your pet will need. (And, of course, don’t forget to mention you’re bringing a pet, or you may find yourself heading straight back home!)
  • Pack any medication your pet might need, and ensure any vaccinations, flea and worm treatments are up-to-date. If your pet suffers from travel sickness, ask your vet for sprays or medications that could help
  • Your pet may already be microchipped, but it is still essential that they wear a collar with your address and mobile number. For dogs you can even invest in a GPS tracker to keep tabs 24/7. 
  • If you’re going abroad, it’s important to check rules for your specific destination, as every country has different regulations around animals entering their borders. Call the Government’s Pet Travel Scheme helpline on 0370 2411710 for guidance 
  • A Pet Passport, issued by a vet, keeps a record of vaccinations and treatments, and many countries will accept this as evidence of your animal’s good health. Ensure your Pet Passport is up-to-date well in advance of your holiday

At Pets Corner, our friendly staff are always happy to share their expertise, so if you have any questions or concerns before your holiday, don’t hesitate to pop into your local store for a chat. We stock a fantastic selection of pet crates and carriers, as well as ID tags and trackers, and all kinds of accessories and treats that your animal might enjoy during the holiday. 

To find your local store, click here.  And finally, we’d like to say Bon Voyage, from all of us at Pets Corner!