We All Need A Holiday
Holidaying with your pet should be a pleasant, stress free experience for you, your dog and all holiday makers. Being a prepared, responsible and considerate pet owner will ensure that the problems will be minimal for everyone.
Prior to Heading Off
Start with a full general health check and ensure that vaccinations, worming and heartworm prevention are all current.
- Check on diseases in the areas you are travelling to. For example travelling to a region that has paralysis ticks will require special precautions
- Check on veterinary services available in the area you are going to visit.
- Pack a first aid kit. A basic kit should include some bandages, a roll of cotton wool, an irrigating solution (eg saline), and a sting/bite solution.
- Ensure your pet has adequate identification. An ID tag on the collar with animal’s name, telephone numbers (including mobile). Microchipping is highly recommended as it provides a permanent form of identification. Often collars are missing and tags can be lost or unreadable.
- Training your pet is critical. Taking away an unruly, disobedient dog will be stressful for you and very unpleasant for other holiday makers.
- Consider insurance for your pet. The probability of major injury or illness is higher when travelling and out of familiar territory, and some very good insurance schemes are available. Ask our staff for recommendations.
Unfortunately some dogs suffer from travel sickness. Generally this could be:
- Anxiety – these dogs become hyper-excited about car trips. This excitment can be elation or fear or stress. A highly anxious state can lead to vomiting.
- Motion sickness – some dogs are very calm and relaxed about travelling but suffer from genuine motion sickness.
In both instances, gradually increasing the number and length of car trips may help to overcome the problem. Occasionally a veterinarian may administer medications to combat travel sickness.
Restraints While Travelling
Each year in Australia many dogs are involved in car accidents. A loose pet in a car are a missile, especially if the car has to suddenly stop. Good harnesses and seatbelts now available for dogs and cages for cats.
Take frequent breaks
It is very important to take regular stops for your dog to allow them to stretch their legs, to have some food or water and to relieve themselves.
It is extremely important never to leave your pet unattended in a the car on a warm or hot day. Dogs do not have sweat glands and they can rapidly overheat and die from hyperthermia. Dogs with short noses are at even greater risk.