Many of us travel to see friends or family over Easter, or simply to get away from it all. You may want to take your cat or dog with you on your trip. While bringing your cat or dog along can be great, if they are the right personality and will enjoy the trip, there are some issues with travel that need to be addressed for pets. Travel sickness in cars can be a huge source of stress for pets and owners alike. Cars are also dangerous for unrestrained animals, and animals that are left in hot vehicles.
New destinations can also come with new dangers. Coastal currents can be dangerous for dogs who like to swim, cliffs can crumble under curious paws, and long grass or woodland may house ticks.
With preparation, taking your pet on holiday in the UK can be a fantastic experience for the whole family. For car travel, keeping dogs in a harness, or using a travelling crate will keep your pet secure in case of an accident. Cats may like a blanket over the top to keep them feeling safe, so long as the crate isn’t allowed to heat up. For travel sick pets, your vet can help with training and medication suggestions.
Take care near new environments, and make sure to research beaches or walks to see if they are dog-safe. Even in dog-safe areas, take care to keep your dog close and under control, and take extra care near open water.
Providing tick protection, if you do not routinely, should be discussed with your vet.
Visit our parasites page for more information on ticks, and why we need to protect against them.