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If you have a young dog that you’re a bit sceptical about leaving at home whilst you’re on holiday, or simply can’t face not taking them with you, well why not include them on the trip? If you can’t handle leaving your dog behind, chances are your pet feels the exact same way and won’t want you to leave. However, taking your dog on holiday does take some meticulous planning and needs to be well thought about. Whether you are travelling by plane, car or ferry, you’ll need to accommodate their needs. Here is our guide on how to travel with a dog.

How to travel with a dog on a plane, ferry or in a car?

If you’re flying to another country, there are a number of airlines that do allow dogs in the cabin. Budget airlines such as EasyJet and Ryanair are unlikely to allow dogs on board at all. Although, the majority of airlines will permit dog travel in the hold of the plane. Here is a list of the airlines that allow dogs to travel with them.

Travelling by plane

  • British Airways – travel in the hold only.
  • Virgin Atlantic – travel in the hold only.
  • KLM – small dogs up to 8kg.
  • Lufthansa – up to 8kg in the cabin.
  • TUI fly– up to 6kg.
  • Flybe – only allow dogs in the cabin.
  • The cost of travelling with your dog will vary depending on the airline, the price of your tickets based on destination and the size of your dog. Some airlines will charge a flat fee for any size dog or length of flight. Make sure to contact the airline to find out exactly how much you’ll be required to pay. If you require airport taxi transfers, then get in touch with Admiral Airport Taxi’s today.

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    Travelling by car

    Travelling by car offers much more flexibility when you have a dog with you. In most instances, you’ll be able to stop the car when necessary for toilet and water breaks. Make sure to invest in a safety harness, a dog guard or a transport carrier. The safety harness is used mainly for medium-sized to big dogs and means they don’t have to sit in the boot of the car. This is ideal if your boot is full of suitcases and other luggage. Both other safety devices, the dog guard and the transport carrier, are effective ways of keeping your dog and family members safe during the journey but will take up the majority of the space in your boot. For a small dog’s transport carrier, invest in an anti-slip surface to prevent the crate moving during acceleration, cornering and braking.

    You may already be aware that dogs suffer severely from heat stress, so if you are travelling in a car, make sure to pack plenty of water and never leave your dog in the car alone. Depending on the length of your journey, make sure to take plenty of breaks so that your dog has the chance to stretch their legs and go to the toilet.

    Travelling by ferry

    A number of seaports allow dogs on their ferries as long as they are kept in the vehicle. Brittany Ferries is one of the participating companies that provide transport services on their Portsmouth to Santander crossings.

    Dogs are also allowed on the Eurotunnel, providing they stay in the car during the crossing. For each dog, the fee is £18 to travel on the Eurotunnel. Both the Eurotunnel and Brittany Ferries provides designated pet exercise areas that are easily accessible during the crossing.

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    Booking dog-friendly accomodation

    Ensuring to book accommodation that allows dogs to stay will be a fundamental aspect of your trip. A lot of Affinity Holiday’s villas allow dogs to stay and will specify if pets are not welcome. If you are staying in a caravan park or camping, then the likelihood of the site being dog-friendly is high. If you are staying in a villa or B&B, make sure to check the in-house rules and whether or not they allow dogs of your size. You will need to find out whether they provide dog bedding, water and food bowls and if they are allowed to stay in the house. It is vital to decide upon accommodation that closely matches your dog’s routine at home.

    Things to remember before you leave

    Before setting off on your holiday, there are a few things to consider and complete to ensure your dog can travel with you safely. Your dog will need to comply with the EU Travel Scheme rules if you’re travelling to Europe. Your dog will need an EU pet passport and be microchipped. You will also need to book a rabies vaccination and a tapeworm treatment with your local veterinary centre 21 days before you leave. Your dog must also be microchipped before the rabies vaccination can be performed. If you are not travelling to Europe, then you will need to look into specific country entry policies.

    No matter where you are travelling to, it is a good idea to pay for pet insurance in case of any emergencies. Look into the Post Office which will pay up to £7,000 in vets fees and have a 24-hour veterinary helpline which is there to provide help and advice during your trip.

    Make sure to pack any medications your dog regularly takes at home and their usual dog food and treats. Dog treats may be your saving grace during a long car or plane journey. It is also a good idea to take a spare lead and collar with you as well as their favourite toy or blanket. Ensure your dog also has an obvious ID tag, along with a spare, that clearly identifies the address and phone number of where you’re staying. You can also invest in a dog GPS tracking device, Tractive, that will accurately track where your dog is almost anywhere in the world. This is the perfect device for dogs that are known for wandering off and getting lost.

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    Hopefully, this article has been beneficial in defining what you will have to do before travelling with your dog. If you are looking for dogs for sale in Milton Keynes as a companion for your existing pet, then why not get in touch with us to visit our most recent litter. If you have found this blog post useful, please feel free to share it on your social media.

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