Going abroad as a family requires a lot of planning and energy. From choosing a child-friendly destination, to packing everything you may possibly need for toddlers and young children and attempting to stay within baggage allowance – a monumental task in itself… Add your family’s much-loved pooch into the mix, and it can become more complicated.
This got me thinking about how we could take Bertie away on a future family holiday. So, I did some research. Here are the things you need to know about taking your dog abroad.
Pet Passport Application
For a pet to travel in the EU, it must have its own PETS passport. These look a little like our passports, only they’re bright blue.
A PETS passport can be obtained from certified veterinary surgeries and contains the following information:
- Photo and description of your dog
- Ownership information
- Vaccination history
- Blood test for rabies
- Rabies vaccination
- And tapeworm treatments
To get a PETS passport and for your dog to be cleared for travel, there’s a list of criteria you must meet. First, your pooch must be micro-chipped, for identification purposes. Second, your dog must be treated for rabies and keep up with repeated booster injections. And thirdly, your furry friend must be treated for tapeworm by a vet, 24-120 hours before coming back to the UK.
Dog Friendly Accommodation
Just as you’d make sure the accommodation is safe and suitable for your little ones, you need to do the same for your dog. Luckily, there’s loads of providers out there who specialise in offering holiday accommodation that’s great for children and dogs. Companies like Eurocamp offer dog-friendly self-catering family holidays across Europe, that are perfect for the kids and the pooch!
Going abroad, it’s likely to be hotter than it is here in the UK – although that’s not a tall order! But this does mean making sure your dog will cope with the heat. Because of their fur coat, dogs can be very susceptible to heat stroke, so always make sure your pooch has access to fresh water and allow them to get plenty of rest. It’s also wise to avoid concrete paths during peak-day sun, as this can burn their little foot pads.
Paperwork and Admin
Lastly, there’s a lot of paperwork and admin to deal with. This includes checking your pet insurance covers travel, packing a doggy first aid kit (including bandages and tick tweezers), and if your furry friend needs any medication, making sure you have enough to last.
Good luck taking your furry companion abroad!