A dog-friendly holiday is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your family and your four-legged friend. You might enjoy camping, taking long walks on the beach, or driving out to the country for a change in scenery. With so many pet-friendly accommodations available nowadays, your furry friend will be able to enjoy it all with you. Plus, your dog also deserves some R&R.
To find a good dog-friendly holiday accommodation, ask friends with pets where they have been or speak to other dog owners at your local dog park for ideas. Check out tourism information websites/offices or go to the library or your local bookstore for pet-friendly holiday guides. Your vet may also be aware of good places that accommodate pets.
Wherever you decide to go on holiday, make sure you ask whether dogs are allowed inside with you or outside in a kennel, as some places have different pet policies. But before you go, here are a few things to consider for a fun and safe holiday with dogs:
- Give your dog flea/tick and all-wormer treatments.
- Ensure the heartworm preventative and vaccinations are up-to-date.
- Find out if your holiday destination is tick-prone.
- Source the contact details of the closest vet to your destination – just in case.
- Make sure vaccinations and identification are up-to-date, including your contact details on the microchip, collar, and tag!
- Take your dog to the vet for a health check, especially if he/she is on medication.
Bags packed and ready to go? Here are a few more tips before hitting the road:
- Avoid feeding your dog for at least a couple of hours prior to leaving home.
- Make sure your dog has gone to the toilet before getting into the car.
- For everyone’s safety, restrain your dog with a harness (required by law in some states) or use a pet crate for additional safety and comfort.
- Stop every two hours and allow your dog to stretch his legs, have a drink, and relieve himself.
- Never leave your dog in a closed car if you are making a stop. Temperatures in cars can rise extremely quickly and cause heat stress or even death.
- Always have your dog on a lead when you are getting him out of the car.
Having your dog on holiday with you can be a treat for all involved, just be mindful of his safety while you enjoy yourselves.