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Traveling with Dogs – 10 Important Considerations for Taking Dogs Abroad

Taking your four-legged canine companion with you, as you travel the globe is a fun and exciting prospect. However, without some guidance, traveling with dogs can go wrong in many ways.Ten travel tips that I have learned after a few times traveling with dogs.In this blog post, you will learn about the top traveling with dogs tips.

Following is a list of the Top Ten considerations for taking your dog abroad.

Traveling with Dogs
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Traveling with Dogs – 10 Important Considerations for Taking Dogs Abroad

1. Plan Ahead

While these modern times have made it possible to take your dog to other countries, without the long quarantines and other issues that would prevent this type of activity before, there are still important concerns that can’t be left to the last minute. There are different rules presiding over international dog travels that should be investigated. Ask your vet to provide you with any important considerations and be doubly sure all the dog’s papers are in proper order before setting out.

2. Microchip

Laws state that all dogs traveling across international borders must have an identifying microchip. This device is usually implanted at the same time they are getting their rabies vaccine. Be sure you get the important identification information from the vet administering the injection so you can get your dog’s passport.

3. Rabies Vaccination

All dogs must be vaccinated against the rabies virus before they can travel to the UK or any other place in the EU. This is important because your dog will not be permitted to re-enter the UK without its proper vaccination records. There is a waiting period linked to the vaccination dates. Typically 21 days will transpire before your dog can be permitted to re-enter the country.

It’s also well worth using a flea and tick formula such as Capstar for dogs before and after the trip to ensure your dog doesn’t have these issues during the trip or when they return.

4. Passports

Once your dog has received the proper vaccination and the microchip, your vet will issue a passport that will permit your dog to leave the country. As long as your dog continues to meet standards set by the UK entry requirements, your dog’s passport will be valid and your dog will be allowed to re-enter the UK.

5. Carry on

Under the Pet Travel Scheme set in place by UK authorities, there are specific routes and transport companies that are cleared for the task of transporting pets into the UK. Some companies will request a statement from the animal’s vet clearing the dog for travel before they clear the animal cargo for transport within their service.

6. Extra protection

While the regulations set by the Pet Travel Scheme work to defend against rabies entering the country, you should consider asking your vet about protection from disease while outside of the country. This could include tick treatments, additional vaccinations or the application of a flea and pest collar.

7. Comfort breaks

Be sure to provide a carrier that at least allows your dog the space to move around; a blanket will make the trip more comfortable. Be sure to take the time to allow your dog to relieve himself before and after travel times. Do your research and inquire as to how and where this will happen with your travel company.

8. Hot dogs

For those headed to a tropical climate with your UK dog, which has been born and raised in our own delightful climate, the temperatures in other countries may be too great for the dog and leave them vulnerable to heat stroke. If this is the case with your dog, take measures to conserve your dog’s cool body temperature by never exercising them in the heat of the day. Provide plenty of water throughout the trip.

9. Food and drink

A few days prior to departure, reduce the quantity of food your give your dog, then on departure day feed them early, so they have relieved themselves before the actual flight. Again, make sure they are given plenty of water during their trip and make sure you have some of your dog’s favorites from their home menu.

10. Homeward bound

Before you return to the UK you will need to take your dog to a local vet who will examine their physical condition and give them a tapeworm medication. During this visit, the vet will sign and date the dogs passport. When you return home the travel company will check your dog’s passport, travel documents and scan the microchip. If they find any of the details to be out of order they may send the dog to quarantine or even return your dog to the country it came from.

For this reason, those traveling with their pet are urged to check and recheck each detail throughout the entire journey to avoid being separated from their pet.

Do you have any other tips for traveling with dogs?

2 thoughts on “Traveling with Dogs – 10 Important Considerations for Taking Dogs Abroad

  1. I can’t imagine taking you dog around the world as some do. We travel 365 days a year and usually to around 10 to 15 new countries each year. There is a thing you did not hit on but is it hard to find places in foreign countries that will accept you pet as well as you such as hotels and hostels.

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