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Travelling in Europe with your Dog

Going on holiday with your favourite four-legged friend doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, with a bit of preparation, you can make sure the whole family has a holiday to remember. 

If you are planning on travelling to Europe with your dog, here’s our simple guide to make sure you and your pooch have an enjoyable time.

Pre-holiday checks

Not all dogs will appreciate a change in environment or the time spent travelling to your destination. Even the most well-behaved of dogs can act very differently when forced to travel long distances.

Take into consideration your dog’s age, current health, and the temperature in the countries you’re travelling to before you decide to take them on holiday with you. 

It’s worth checking with your vet before travelling to make sure your dog’s fit and healthy enough for your holiday. If not, it may be best to leave your dog at home with someone you trust.

What are the legal requirements for travelling to Europe with a dog?

Currently, you need to ensure that your dog has an EU pet passport and an up-to-date microchip. 

They’ll also need to have rabies and tapeworm treatments before travelling. You will need to wait 21 days from the rabies vaccination before taking your dog out of the country. So, make sure you plan ahead with plenty of time. 

Keeping your dog happy and safe on holiday

Before you set off, there are few things to do to make sure man’s best friend has the best holiday possible. 

  • Research local vets before you set off. Try to find one close-by to where you’re staying that offers an out-of-hours service. Make a note of their name and contact details before you leave.
  • Pack plenty of items with a familiar scent to keep your dog calm in new surroundings. A blanket, their bed or some of their favourite toys will all come in handy. If you’ve got the space in your car, the more the merrier.
  • Make sure you plan enough time to let your dog fully explore their new surroundings, as it can take a while for them to feel settled. Even if they have settled, try to avoid leaving them alone in an unfamiliar place whenever possible.
  • If you’re visiting a hot country, give your dog plenty of opportunities to escape the heat and always have water at hand. 
  • Even if your dog is well-behaved when off the lead, keep them secure while you’re on holiday, or use an extendable lead when out and about.