Our furry friends are part of the family and more and more holiday makers are opting to take their 4-legged friends along for the ride. Even your furry friend needs a holiday every now and again!
There are some measures that can be taken to help ensure the safety and enjoyment of your 4-legged friend, as well as other holiday makers in the area.
- Its advisable to ensure that your pet is fully vaccinated before leaving on your holiday in case they meet any unvaccinated animals.
- Ensure that all tick treatments and worming tablets are up to date
- Ask your Vet about the areas that you are planning on visiting to understand if there are any potential health risks for your pet, that you may not be used to. For example, Cane Toads, Paralysis Ticks etc
- Always have an ID tag of some sort on your pet. Micro-chipping is always recommended, but depending on where you are travelling, it can take days for someone to get to a vet within opening hours to scan your pet. A tag on your pet’s collar with your up to date phone number is a more immediate way of being reunited with your beloved pet. Ensure your pet’s microchip details are also up to date.
- Get a vet check-up to ensure that your pets’ health and fitness is in good condition before you leave.
- Stock up with any necessary medications that you pet requires.
- Make a list of all vets on the way to your destination, as well as at your destination, in case your pet becomes unwell, or in case of an emergency.
- Keep records of all your pet’s vaccinations and treatments as some accommodation providers will request this information.
- Join relevant Facebook Groups and online communities as they can be an invaluable resource of information and support before and during your travels. Once such Facebook group is “Australian Caravanning / Camping Travelling with Dogs”.
- Taking his bed and some favourite toys with you will provide familiarity in new surroundings
- Sunscreen (remember to apply to his nose, ears and belly!)
- Fresh water & something for him to drink out of
- A supply of his usual dog food to keep his digestive system happy. A road trip isn’t the greatest time to be introducing new food to your dog.
- His usual food & water bowls
- Poop bags to clean up after potty breaks!
- Leashes and harnesses
- Crates / barriers / and/or temporary fencing
- First Aid Kit and information on the possible creatures and insects that your pet may meet, so that you can remain calm in an emergency situation
- Blanket for him to lie on and a towel to dry him off if he’s been swimming!
- Something to provide shade from the hot sun
- Be prepared for anything to happen.
- Even if you’re confident that your dog will respond to training cues like “come” and “stay”, someone else’s dog can still be a threat to yours and its recommended to keep yours on a leash for their own safety.
- Remain vigilant of other dogs in the area, young children, broken glass etc in the area that may cause harm to your dog.
- If you’re at the beach, look out for Lifeguard flags warning of marine pests such as jellyfish, or rough surf conditions and riptides.
- Take regular hydration breaks in the shade with your furry friend and keep a regular eye out for any potential signs of overheating.
Maintain Control and Remain Aware
- Maintain control of your dog at all times. Keeping them on a lead at all times is recommended for their safety as well as for the safety and general well-being of other families, pets, and wildlife.
- Be aware if your furry friend is making unreasonable noise, especially at night when others may be trying to sleep.
- Ensure that your dog isn’t annoying others in the area. Not everyone is a dog person!
- Always pick up and dispose of droppings. Don’t allow a few irresponsible pet owners to spoil things for the majority. If you enjoy being able to take your pet to caravan parks, ensuring that you clean up after your pet will keep dog-friendly caravan parks available into the future.
- No pets are allowed in National Parks.
- Be wary of snakes, ticks, kangaroos & livestock. Livestock & kangaroos can injure or kill your pet when kicking in self-defence. Keeping your pet on a lead will help keep them close to you and safe from danger.
- Always keep an eye on your dog to ensure that he’s safe and happy.
What not to do
Too many dogs are still left to die painfully every year from being left in a hot car. Do not leave your animals or children in the car – especially not in summer.
As much as our furry friends look cute wearing their “racy face” out the window, the rush of air is apparently harmful along with the risk of objects flying up and injuring them.
Whilst these tips won’t guarantee a perfect holiday, we hope that it will go some way to reducing potential stress points and providing you and your 4-legged pets, a wonderful holiday!
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