The first potential issue of travelling with your pets is, of course, safety. Your pet should be securely fastened to the car to prevent them from climbing into the front and distracting the driver or falling into the footholds. Pets should not be secured by their necks (e.g. straps fastened to collars) as this is dangerous in the event of an emergency stop or other unexpected car movement. Instead, use car harnesses that strap around the body of an animal or place them in car crates in the boot or the back of the car so that they are safe.
Even with the appropriate safety measures in place, car journeys with pets in can be stressful for both people and pets. Pets may become unwell due to motion sickness or start to whine or bark from boredom. In the confined environment, they will be unable to tell you when they need to relieve themselves which could lead to an accident in your car.
You’ll need to plan regular rest breaks to let your dog have a walk around and a drink. This may mean diverting from the fastest route to find a suitable place to stop, further delaying your arrival at your destination.
If it’s a hot day and you do not have air conditioning, then it can be dangerous to take your pets in the car as they can easily overheat and become dehydrated.
Once you get to your destination, you may find your leisure options limited due to the presence of your pet. For example, many entertainment venues don’t allow dogs; neither do many beaches during the summer months.
But if you don’t bring your pets on holiday with you…
What are the other options? Well, one of the better options for your pet is to book them in to a specialist crèche or day care. These can cost as little as £15 per day (more if you dog stay overnight) and they are an enriching, social, exciting adventure for your pets.
You’ll be able to enjoy your holiday in the knowledge that your pet is being well looked after and is enjoying a vacation of their own! Whether you have dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters – or even something a bit more unusual such as reptiles or chickens – you’ll probably be able to find a pet care company in your local area.
Your pets will be safe in the company of animal-lovers who know exactly how to look after your pet. They will give them love and attention during their stay and (if appropriate) your pet will be able to socialise with other animals.
Many pet care companies offer optional extras such as daily grooming, dog agility, enrichment activities and grooming. With all these options to choose from, your pet may end up more relaxed and pampered after their holiday than you do!