Taking your pet on holiday

Your pet will enjoy going on holiday as much as you will. Here is what you should do beforehand and during the journey:

  • Make sure the places you are visiting are pet friendly. Many beaches, shopping centers and restaurants are pet friendly. Beaches will have a board which indicates if pets are allowed and whether they should be on a lead or not. You can consult your online directory for pet-friendly restaurants in the area.
  • Make sure your pet has a collar with your contact details or is microchipped and the details are up to date.
  • Check with your vet that your pet is healthy enough to travel and that all their vaccinations and worming and flea treatments are up to date.
  • Only take your pet if they are used to traveling. Discuss any issues your pet may have with traveling with your vet so they may advise you on how to make traveling arrangements more comfortable for your pet.
  • Make sure your pet is comfortable and safe while traveling.
  • Stop often for toilet breaks and give your pet water and food.
  • Keep your pet on a lead when stopping so they do not run away or into traffic if frightened by the unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Keep your pet hydrated while traveling.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a car. Pets are prone to heat stress, even in mild weather.

10 Things to take with:

  1. Bedding/Travel crate
  2. Food and bowl
  3. Water in a travel bottle
  4. Treats
  5. Collar/harness and lead
  6. Poop scoop and plastic bags
  7. Brushes
  8. Required medication
  9. Favourite toys
  10. Blanket

Taking your pet on holiday can be tons of fun for your family, as well as your pet, however it is important to take note of all the planning and requirements needed to take on this adventure. Walking your pet could create the opportunity to do your 10,000 steps a day!

Some sacrifices will need to be made due to many places not welcoming pets, such as shopping centers. So you need to be willing to sacrifice some shopping time. If traveling with your pet is not an option, consider getting a petsitter who can look after your pet when you are away.

Monique wrote this article with the help of her brother Damien (11) and sister Genevieve (10).

You might want to read about why it is wise to stay with locals when you travel here.