Traveling and holidays for your Dog

If you are planning to go away on holiday, with or without your dog, you must make the appropriate arrangements for his welfare luckily; it is now possible to stay in many dog-friendly hotels, b-and-bs, and self-catering holiday cottages and apartments.

What’s best for the dog?
There is no reason why a pet dog should ever be left at home; he can either be taken on holiday with you of left in the care of a reputable boarding kennel, house sitter or friend. Many hotels and guest houses in the UK will accept dogs; you can obtain a list of information office, which can also advise on whether of the year. However, there is often a deserted stretch of sand away from the fashionable beaches where a dog can run and swim as he pleases.

Buses and coaches only accept dogs at the driver’s or conductor’s discretion. If dog occupies a seat. A fee may be charged. Dogs usually travel on trains free of charge provided they are under control and do not occupy a seat. When flying in Britain and some European countries, dogs are not permitted to travel in the cabin with you; they have to travel in appropriate-sized boxes in the hold and you are charged a high fee for the privilege. Details are available from individual airlines of from agents who specialize in the transport of live animals.

Feeding your dog:
Do not change your dog’s food when on holiday; he may suffer an upset stomach. If ordinary and easily may suffer an upset stomach. If he needs special food for instance, he may be elderly with a kidney dysfunction you would be wise to pack the right food. For a day out, there are food carries that are specially designed to hold a day’s food and water, keeping them hygienic and cool.

Hot days:
All dogs suffer badly from heat, especially thick-coated, short nosed and blacked ones; so on hot days take ice packs or bags of frozen peas to place on the heads of overheated dogs. Never leave your dog in a car in the sun; even with the windows open, he can be cooked to death in a short time. If a dog shows heat distress his tongue will loll fully out, he will pant deeply and be unwilling to move. Pack him with ice, immerse him fully in cold water and then get him to a vet as a matter of urgency. Always carry water in hot weather.

Traveling tips:
Take your dog’s usual food with you and break the journey regularly so he can relieve himself. Keep a bottle of water and a bowl in the car. Dogs are often better received in Europe than in Britain but not all hotels accept them, so check in advance. One of the pleasures of travelling abroad is how many cafes and restaurants welcome dogs. They can sit by your feet under the table or even be served drink or meal.