Not sure what essentials are needed when travelling with your canine companion?
Don’t worry, we have you covered! In this article we provide an in depth guide into what doggy essentials are needed when going on holiday in the UK!
Let’s get packing…
Collar, lead and harness
Whichever option you choose you will need to pack your best friends collar and lead as he will be going for walks. Check the stitching is intact and the collar is a good fit. If your dog is a bit of a Houdini and is able to slip out of his collar occasionally it is worth investing in a harness. If you are taking Fido abroad you should consider a protective collar such as Scalibor for the control of ticks, flies and mosquitoes which can cause serious health problems for your pet.
If you are transporting your dog by car you should have a safety car harness or crate. Never let a dog travel unrestrained it is dangerous for both dog and driver. Take both an extendable and short lead. The extendable one will be useful if your four-legged friend can’t be let off leash and if you are taking him with you a short lead is handy for keeping him close in restaurants or crowded places.
It is the law in the UK that all dogs need to be micro-chipped but it is worth getting an extra ID tag with your holiday contact details or the kennels/dog-sitter’s phone number just in case your dog runs off. Leave the details of your local vet and emergency contact with the person looking after your furry friend and it is also a good idea to provide carers and yourself with a recent photo just in case the worst happens and Fido does escape.
Make sure you take enough food for the duration of the holiday plus some extra in case of any delays. Changes in diet can cause tummy upsets and if you are travelling with your dog you may not be able to buy his usual brand. Remember a tin opener if you use a brand without ring-pulls and a separate fork to mix with is a good idea too.
A lightweight waterproof jacket is great for dogs when they go on holiday not only does it keep them warm if there is a chill it also stops them from becoming soaked in the rain and messing either a hotel room or the pet-sitter’s home.
As a rule of paw, most pups will eat food from any container. However, if they are in a boarding kennel or strange environment, having familiar items from home will make them feel more settled. If you are travelling with your dog you may find it easier to pack the collapsable style of bowls to save space.
Bed / Bedding
Your dog will be more comfortable in strange surroundings if he has his own bed or bedding with the familiar smell of home and this applies whether he is boarded or you take him with you and remember, just because you are staying at a dog-friendly hotel doesn’t mean the owners will be happy with your canine companion sharing your bed.
Absolutely essential and take plenty of them so whoever is walking your dog be it you or someone else they have enough to clean up any mess throughout the duration of the holiday. Dog kennels should have poo bags but check with dog sitters or home boarders if you need to supply them.
If you have a long-haired dog pack a brush. If he is out in the rain or off having adventures the chances are his coat will become tangled and may need to be brushed out to prevent matts forming. Grooming also relieves stress for dogs so is a great way for them to bond with their carer.
If you are boarding your pet while you go away, you will need to provide proof of vaccinations including kennel cough and if you are going abroad with your pooch they will require a rabies vaccination. Once you have fulfilled the criteria required your vet can issue you with a pet passport valid for travel within the EU. Even if you are on a holiday in the UK it is worth taking all vaccination documents with you as you may wish to go somewhere dogs are not allowed or attend an event and need someone to look after your friend for the day.
You will need to pack any medication your dog takes and if you are leaving your dog at a kennels or using a dog sitter print off the times needed and dosage for them to have at hand. If you are travelling with your dog it is a good idea to take a first aid kit these can be bought online and pet stores and usually include things like tweezers, diarrhoea tablets, anti-bacterial wound powder, bandages and socks for cuts.
Treats and Toys
There will be times especially if your dog is in boarding kennels they will be spending time alone so it is a good idea to pack some toys and treats to keep them occupied. Chewing relieves stress in dogs so a chew toy will come in handy and maybe a puzzle toy to give them some mental stimulation. A filled Kong is a great way of keeping your pooch entertained and happy for hours. Treats are handy to have as a reward for good-behaviour and as positive re-enforcement for ongoing training. Just because you and your pet are on holiday doesn’t mean discipline and manners go out the window.
These items are not needed if you are choosing to leave your dog with a boarding kennel or dog sitter but they will come in handy if you are travelling with your pooch
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Planning ahead, and making sure you have the essentials when going on holiday with your pet or leaving them with a boarding kennel, dog hotel or dog-sitter will make both yours and your dog’s time away free from stress.