Golden Rules for Pet Holidays - Part Two

Wed 16 Sep 2009

Taking a first aid kit

Just like us needing to keep a first aid kit at home, pets need one too! This kit should include the following:

  • bandaging material
  • cotton wool
  • gauze swabs
  • irrigating solution
  • an antiseptic solution such as Betadine (avoid Dettol as it is too strong for animals)
  • antiseptic cream
  • bite solution
  • thermometer
  • tweezers
  • blanket

Is it OK to travel by car?

Yes! It is fine for pets to travel by car to a holiday destination. There are however, a few things you need to be aware of.

Just like babies, pets cannot be left in a hot car as their temperature will rise and this can be fatal! Short nosed pets, such as pugs, and pets with medical conditions are at higher risk.

If you must leave your pet in the car, be sure there is enough cool ventilation coming in. Also make sure lots of cold water is available for your pet to drink.

Take regular breaks. Just like everyone else, pets need to get out and stretch and walk around once in a while. Some pets may get aggressive and/or sick if they aren’t given this opportunity. Treat your pooch as you would want to be treated.

Preparing yourself and your pet

Ensure your pet is well trained and under control. You will not have an enjoyable holiday with your pet if he/she is disobedient! Maybe consider enrolling your pet in some obedience classes before going away.

Your pet will need to be able to respond to your commands when not on a leash. They must also have controlled barking. Nobody will be impressed if your pet starts barking at ungodly hours of the morning.

If you know your pet has separation anxiety (eg. samoids are known for their serious separation anxiety), do not leave them alone whilst on holiday. If you know that you will want some pet-free time alone, perhaps consider a pet-sitter?

You, as a pet owner, need to be prepared to clean up after your pet all times. It is not only for your own sake, but also for the sake of the accommodation proprietor and other holiday makers and pets in the area.

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