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Nowadays more and more people are choosing to take their pets on holiday with them specifically their dogs, fortunately when flying from inside the EU this is now actually incredibly easy due to all the rules that benefit us. In this article we will be running through our top 10 tips for making your holiday more dog friendly.

Plan your holiday in advance
Yes now its possible for pet lovers to travel abroad with their animals without needing to put them in quarantine for months on end, but that doesn’t mean you should book a holiday at the very last second as the rules for entrance to each country will still vary as you will be required to take all of the relevant documentation to get your pet in and out of the country without any problems.

Get your pet micro-chipped
In order for any animal to be taken abroad they will need to have a microchip placed in the back of the neck so they can easily be identified. Generally this gets done when your animal receives their rabies injection but if you don’t think they’ve had one make sure you go down to the vets to check.

Rabies vaccination
In order to take your dog abroad with you they first need to be vaccinated against the rabies virus before they can travel throughout the EU or before you can return to the UK with one. Typically pet owners will have to wait 21 days after they have been vaccinated before they are allowed to travel. However if you are traveling outside of the Pet Travel Scheme then you will be required to submit a blood sample 30 days after the animal has had its rabies injection and you must then wait another 3 months before you are allowed to travel with them.

Pet Passports
After your dog has been chipped and had all the necessary vaccinations you will then be provided with a pet passport by your vet. Unlike a human passport this will be valid for as long as your pet meets the standards set out by the UK.

Carry on
Only certain companies are allowed to take pets to countries and they can request a statement from your vet in order to confirm that the dog is actually healthy enough to travel before allowing you to board the flight. It’s also very important that you buy an secure and comfortable pet carrier so your animal has a comfy/safe journey.
Additional protection
While all animals get the rabies jab there are also other diseases that could affect your pet, thats why its important to speak with your vet before traveling on what else you can do in order to protect it from anything else.

Make sure you get a dog carrier that is large enough for the animal to stand up and turn around in, its also nice to provide a blanket in order to ensure that they have a comfy journey, also before journeying try to get your pet to go to the toilet in order to prevent this happening while flying.

When traveling to hot countries the temperature is going to be much warmer than what the dog is used to which means that they will also be more vulnerable to things like heatstroke. In order to prevent this make sure you take them out for walks and exercise them at the cooler points in the day such as early morning and in the evening.

Food and drink
Two days before you travel begin to reduce the amount of food that you give it and when you travel make sure you feed it as early as you possibly can. Throughout the entire journey you will want to make sure that they have access to water and keep in mind that when you’re away you might not be able to get hold of your dog’s usual food so make sure you find an sustainable alternative.

Flying home
Before you fly home you need to go to the a local vet 2 – 5 days before the departure date to get your animal checked over and given a treatment for tapeworm. The vet will then sign off on your dog’s passport, its vital you do this otherwise you may miss your flight. When you travel home the travel company will then scan the microchip and check that you’ve got everything in order. However if your dog doesn’t have everything required then they may end up in quarantine or they could be sent back to the country you just travelled from and this is why it’s so important that you get everything in order before traveling.

Taking pets on holiday can be fun but if you experience any flight delays because of this then you are still able to claim compensation.

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