As lockdown is easing, holidays are definitely in the forefront of our minds!!!
However, if you are thinking of going on holiday outside of the UK and taking your dog with you there are some things you need to think about in advance.
Leaving the UK – did you know that the rules changed on 1 January 2021. If you are planning on taking your dog outside of the UK this year here are some things you need to plan ahead for:-
Visiting Northern Ireland or Europe – your dog needs to have had its rabies vaccination or ensure it is up to date and you cannot travel with your dog for 21 days after having the vaccination. You also need to ensure that your dog has been microchipped.
As we are no longer part of the EU your existing pet passport is not valid and you will now require an animal health certificate. Certificates can be obtained from your vet, however, no more than 10 days before you travel.
Tapeworm – if you are travelling to Ireland or Northern Ireland, Norway, Finland or Malta, your dog will need treatment by your vet 5 days in advance of your travel date.
Comforts – before you go prepare a doggy pack so your dog feels at home when he’s away. Pack a familiar smelling bed/blanket, treats and toys.
Routine – keep them in the same walking patterns and diet as they have at home as much as you can, this will stop them from having stomach upsets.
Time to adjust – take them for a slow walk so they can have a sniff around and explore their new surroundings. Keep them on a lead until you know the area is safe from potential hazards. Regularly check their behaviour to ensure they are not stressed or ill.
And above all…. ENJOY YOUR DOGGIE VACATION!!!