If you're lucky enough to find a holiday property that welcomes your pet, or you're bringing your pet on an Easter weekend away camping, here are a few tips that will help things run smoothly.
Make sure your pet's microchip and contact details are up to date in case they get a little inquisitive on their holiday and wonder off in the wrong direction.
Research your destination before leaving. Is there secure fencing at your accommodation? It’s important to establish access to dog-friendly spots like beaches, parks and tracks, pet travel websites and tourist information websites can be helpful. You could also ring your holiday destination's local Greencross Vets for more local information.
If your pet has specific diet requirements or requires medication, ensure this gets packed along with their creature comforts like their bedding and toys.
Keep up to date with heartworm and paralysis tick prevention. If you’re unsure what’s required or your pet is due, consult your local Greencross Vets.
Ensuring that your pet is properly restrained is essential when traveling with your pet. We wouldn't dream of driving anywhere without our seatbelts on and it should be the same for our pets. An unrestrained pet is a distraction to the driver and can become a dangerous projectile in an accident, causing severe injury to both the pet and other occupants of the car.
Anxiety is one of the main causes of car sickness in pets. Symptoms include drooling, panting, yawning and, at worst, trembling. Strategies for dealing with this include:
- not feeding pets for four to six hours before travelling
- factoring in short breaks so they can exercise
- ensuring there is fresh air circulating, and
- being mindful of noise levels.
If your pet displays any of these in the car, give them time to get familiar with their surroundings. Spend time with them inside the vehicle while it is stationary. Once they feel relaxed in the car, take them on very short trips around the block, before going on longer journeys. During this ‘conditioning’ process reward them for calm, relaxed behaviour.
If this doesn’t work or you need a faster solution, talk to your local Greencross Vets to discuss what alternative options are available for your pet.