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Tips For Taking Your Dog On Holiday

Posted on
June 5, 2020

When you have a dog, you need to make arrangements for somebody to look after them while you are away on holiday. Unless, of course, you decide to take them with you. A lot of people have never even considered taking their dog away with them because they think it will be a logistical nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. Taking a dog on a plane is a lot of hassle, but if you are staying fairly local, there’s no reason why you can’t take your dog along with you. However, you do need to plan your trip well so you can make sure that your dog is happy and healthy. If you are planning a trip and you want to take your dog with you, here are a few important things to consider.

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Finding The Right Accommodation 

The first step is finding the right accommodation for your trip. You need to find somewhere that will allow dogs but you also need to consider your dog’s own needs, like how much outside space they need, for example. If you have a large dog, UK cottage holidays are ideal because they will have a nice outdoor space to run around in. If you have a small dog that doesn’t require as much exercise, you may be able to get away with smaller accommodation that doesn’t have quite as much outdoor space. 

Plan For Extra Stops 

When you are planning the journey, it’s important that you remember that your dog will need to stop for a drink and some exercise, especially if it’s going to be a long drive. You need to plan for these extra stops by looking at the map and finding some suitable areas to stop along the way, so you can give them a bit of exercise. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time as well so you are not in a rush. 

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Plan Activities Around Your Pet 

If you are taking your dog with you on your trip, it’s important that you plan your activities around them. Your dog will be stressed if they are in an unfamiliar place, so leaving them alone for long periods isn’t a good idea. Plan a trip with activities that you can take your dog along to, like a walking holiday, for example.  

Find A Local Vet 

Hopefully, your dog will be happy and healthy during your trip, but you can’t take any chances. If there is an emergency and they need care, you don’t want to waste time trying to work out where the nearest vet is. Before you go, you need to do some research and choose the best vet in the local area. Make sure that you print out some directions to the practice and keep them on you at all times. That way, if your dog does get sick, you can get them seen to immediately. 

Taking your dog on holiday with you is great because you don’t need to worry about them being left alone in the kennels or finding somebody to look after them. However, it’s important that you follow these steps to make sure that they are happy and healthy. 

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    July 10, 2020

    Our travel to Europe was cancelled this year so we decided to stay local and book a cottage. We’re taking our 5 year old shih-poo and I didn’t even think of looking for a local vet! I’m so glad I saw your post. There are a few small villages nearby so there must be a qualified vet nearby … I’m off to check!

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