One of the hardest parts of travelling is leaving your pets behind. However, more and more people are choosing to bring their pets along on holiday. In fact, a recent article from Bupa Pet Insurance provides a guide for pet-friendly holidays. The pet experts asked us to contribute our advice on the topic in ‘Your Guide to Travelling with Pets in Australia‘. Read on for three top considerations when taking the family pet on holiday.
Will you pet enjoy the holiday?
For many species then answer is a resounding yes! Dogs may well love a road trip, new walk, novel smells and activities and lots of family times. Some cats and birds are also into this. But for some pets the frequent change of location and activity can be stressful. A pet rabbit or a nervous cat may be less excited by the idea of a change of scene. Bring something from home to help keep your pet calm. The familiar smell of home can have a very soothing effect on an anxious animal.
How will you be travelling?
Road trips often lend themselves to pet-friendly experiences. Many of our furry friends quite enjoy a car ride. However, for some animals, motion sickness can be a problem. If this is the case, discuss your plans with your veterinarian, as there are medications that will help your pet and allow you to all enjoy that trip away.
Will you pet need any specific preventative treatments?
It’s important to research the local risk factors for your pet in your holiday location. Paralysis ticks are rampant along the east coast of Australia for example. A good preventative product, administered properly is a must to keep your pet safe. Dogs can now take a single tablet offering 3 months of protection against fleas and ticks – Bravecto®. Something so simple can avoid a potentially tragic holiday complication.
Where will you stay?
The numbers of pet-friendly accommodation options are expanding every year and with some research you might be surprised at the number of options you have! Make sure you stay somewhere you feel confident leaving your pet for periods of the day. This will allow you to do animal and non-animal based activities.
No matter where you’re heading, the most important thing of all is to enjoy your time away with your furry family!