Taking your pets on holiday with you

It is estimated that 60 percent of people’s pets will make trips with their owners this summer. If you are planning to take a trip with your beloved animal then there are certain things that you do need to consider before travelling.

This 60 percent figure just represents people that are travelling domestically within the country, and despite the poor weather this year, there has been no decline in the number of people who are taking extended domestic trips with their animals.

Research that has revealed these figures has been done by Ceva Animal Health. In addition to showing the number of animals that are travelling, they also estimated how long dogs are going to be spending in a car during the average trip.

This figure is around five hours and a veterinary adviser for the group that organised the study has commented, “Just because you have a dog, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to enjoy domestic travel. If you take the right steps it is entirely possible to take your dog with you when you travel, and this can really add something extra to your trip.

“It is sometimes the case the dogs do find travelling quite stressful, especially if they are travelling in a car. Therefore, it is important that you take steps in order to make your dog feel more at ease. Rather than just taking one very long trip with them suddenly, you should take them for drives in the car but for a shorter duration just to let them know that everything is okay.

“You can look out for certain symptoms in your dog which will suggest that they are stressed because of the travel. This might include heavy breathing, the licking of lips, or whining. As your dog becomes more used to travel the symptoms will reduce.”