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Summer is here and many of us hit the road for a well-earned holiday with our pets. Travelling with pets needn’t be a daunting task; Pets Domain is here to offer practical and helpful tips when you are out and about on holidays with your pets.
Before you hit the road it’s best to be prepared. If your pet hasn’t travelled long distances in the car before why not practise some short trips a few weeks before your big holiday adventure. Increase the distance and time spent in the car on each practice trip, these will ensure your pet is familiar with your car and less anxious about travelling. You’ll also be able to gauge if your pet suffers from motion sickness and you can speak to your vet about medication options that can prevent or alleviate travel sickness in pets. Pack wipes, towels and bags in case of accidents.
Pets must be safely secured in a car. It is best to transport cats and small animals in a pet carrier or crate. For larger dogs, seat belt attachments or car harnesses can be bought from Pets Domain.
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If you are travelling to an area prone to ticks, be sure to start protecting your pet before you arrive with a treatment that prevents ticks. You can also purchase collars that deter fleas and ticks. Pets Domain also stock the Tick Twister which helps with the removal of ticks from pets and people.
What to pack
Always remember to have a ready supply of water for your pet; have refillable bottles on hand, just in case you aren’t near any taps on your stops to your holiday destination. Don’t forget to pack waste bags to pick up your pet’s poo too. Pets Domain have some stylist Dan & Sam Poop Bags and Dispensers.
If you are travelling long distances, you might need to rethink your pet’s food for the journey. Dry food can easily be transported but you might need to consider wet food options. Individual cans and pouches are a great, convenient choice. If you are introducing new food, transitioning to the new product before your trip is a good idea.
On the road
Pets, just like people, need regular stops on long road trips. Be sure to have cats and dogs on a lead in unfamiliar areas, particularly along busy roads, to avoid any unwanted accidents where your pet could run off.
Arriving at your destination
It’s time to relax, you’ve arrived! If the accommodation is unfamiliar to your pet, having them on a lead or in their carrier is a good idea until the accommodation or yard is secured and all gates and doors are closed. Let your pet explore the area in their own time. Dogs and cats are likely to mark their territory, so be prepared to wipe up accidents.