So, you’ve finally booked the perfect holiday. Two weeks off work, sun cream stocked up, new sunglasses and your even already packed! All that’s left is to fly away to a tropical destination and await the sun, sea, sand and endless Piña Coladas.
But wait a minute what are you going to do about your furry little canine friend when your off dancing beneath the sunset? If like me pet-sitters are not an option, you’re going to have to take your little buddy with you or let go of that dream holiday. But hold the phone don’t shed any tears just yet! Let’s take a look at some helpful tips you can do to make that holiday a relaxing and hassle-free reality.
Firstly, try not to put your dog through a grueling airplane ride. Sure, it will not kill him, however most airlines treat pets like cargo so the journey could be extremely stressful even for dogs with the strongest nerves. If possible find a pet-friendly airline which is exclusively for pets and allows them to travel like dignified passengers. These are fairly new though and accessing a pet-friendly airline can be difficult. So, try and restrict the journey to not more than a couple of hours.
Road trips are the most ideal. You don’t have to fly half way across the world to have fun and your pet surely doesn’t so finding a location that’s relaxing for you and not too strenuous a journey for your dog is your best option. However, make sure your dog isn’t one of those that get anxious during car rides. If your dog is anxious in cars (which is understandable if he’s only in the car on the way to the vet) be sure to take him on a few fun outings before you take that road trip, to ease him in.
Before you take off be sure to come prepared. Carry his food, bowl, water, blanket, toys, medication, medical certificates and make a list of vet hospitals in and around your holiday destination. This may seem like a lot but you can never be too prepared.
If you plan to stay in a hotel don’t just make sure they allow pets, make sure they are pet friendly. I can’t stress enough how improtant it is for your pet to be comfortable in new surroudings. If he is at ease you will be too. Now you can finally sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday and when you have taken some of these steps, your pet can enjoy it too.