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This year saw a record number of people welcome a puppy into their family. It was also the year that many people stayed at home, with their dogs providing that all important company and emotional support. You may now find that you don’t like the idea of leaving your dog at home to go off on that much needed holiday and that you would rather bring your dog along for the ride! One of Natural VetCare’s vets, Dr Sian Wall BSc BVSc MRCVS, gives some helpful hints to make the holiday one to remember…for the right reasons!

Pet Passport

The first thing to think about is destination. Many are choosing a UK staycation this year, however if you would rather go to sunnier climes then preparation is key. Since leaving the EU, the rules of travelling to Europe with your dog have changed. Read Natural VetCare’s Pet Travel blog. The old pet passport is no longer valid and you must now follow different rules to safely travel between European countries. You will need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) issued by an Official Veterinarian no more than 10 days before travelling. Speak to your vet to arrange having an AHC issued and to check that your dog’s rabies vaccination is up to date. Your dog still has to see a vet for tapeworm treatment 1-5 days prior to your return to the UK.

Emergency Vet

We’ve all experienced that feeling of panic and inability to think straight in an emergency situation. Make sure you look up the name and number of the local emergency vet in advance of leaving for your holiday destination. Have it somewhere that is easily accessible – stored in your phone and written on a card in your wallet for example. If your dog is on long term medication, make sure you have a plentiful supply to take with you on holiday and also have a brief summary of your pet’s history and their insurance details handy in case you need to see a vet while away.

First Aid Kit

If your dog is unwell or injured, then you should always call a vet first and foremost - for advice and to decide if your dog needs to be seen by the vet. However, there are certain situations where you can help, either because the situation is not too serious or as first aid while waiting for veterinary attention. Remember to pack some basic first aid supplies for your dog, alongside some for yourself too of course! Include some bandage material and adhesive tape, along with some blunt ended scissors. It is useful to include some soothing Pet’Skin Balm or Dog’Skin Solution spray to help deal with any minor scrapes and grazes. And don’t forget your Dog’Skin Shampoo and Silky for that post-beach makeover!

Holiday Activities

Remember the holiday routine will potentially be very different to what your dog is used to so try not to over-do the exercise. Your 20 minute-walk-a-day dog may struggle to do a day of fell walking or spend hours running on the beach. Don’t forget to pack Natural VetCare’s Mobility for some extra joint support. Be mindful of weather conditions. Provide shade and water when necessary to avoid heat stroke and never be tempted to leave your dog in the car as they can overheat rapidly. Remember to check which local beaches allow dogs as you may find that dog access is restricted during the height of Summer.

Going on holiday with your dog is lots of fun and a chance to spend some quality time with our furry friends. Be prepared and considerate to your dog’s needs to ensure happy memories for all.

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