Research additional requirements
Before you travel you must check if there are any further health requirements which may need to be recorded on your pet passport, any diseases or parasites to be aware of or laws in a country that are different to those here in the UK. For example, there are diseases in the southern Mediterranean and other areas which it’s advisable to protect your pet against.
Make sure you ask your vet about any health risks and for advice about protection against ticks, mosquitos and sandflies, which can spread diseases. There may also be other hazards, such as blisters to the feet from hot surfaces or poisonous snakes which you and your pet are not familiar with.
Laws on dog ownership vary between countries; in Italy, for instance (as well as aboard some ferries), all dog owners can be asked to muzzle their pet in public, so you will need to purchase one and ensure your dog is trained to wear one, and keep it with you at all times.
We strongly recommend that you ensure that your pet’s insurance covers trips abroad in the event of any injury or illness.
Where should I take my pet on holiday?
You’ll need to consider a number of factors when choosing a destination, including:
- The availability of dog-friendly accommodation
- Ensuring there is access to open space to exercise your dog and let them toilet
- Will they be able to accompany you to restaurants and attractions such as beaches? If not, will they be comfortable being left in unfamiliar surroundings?
- What will the weather be like? Are you likely to be out exploring with your dog in soaring temperatures? If so, this could pose a health risk to your pet.
- Researching the nearest vets or animal hospital in the event of an emergency
- The length and type of journey and the impact this may have on your animal
Travelling with your dog
If you’re taking your pet abroad for a family holiday, you will more than likely be driving and this is the most convenient and dog-friendly way of travelling. It means that you have the option of travelling by car ferry or Eurotunnel to your chosen destination. Do bear in mind that there is often a charge attached to this, and not all ferry providers allow pets on board.
On arrival at the port, your pet’s microchip will be scanned. It’s a good idea to get your vet to check the microchip is easily detectable before you leave to avoid any delays. Some ferry companies require your dog to be muzzled when this check is done, and when your pet is travelling through the ferry to a cabin or dog-friendly area, so make sure you have one and your dog is trained to wear it if required.