For pet owners, trying to organise a holiday can be challenging to say the least. If you want to bring your pooch along with you rather than leave it in a kennel, follow our handy guide for a trouble-free holiday.
Transportation is obviously the number one issue when it comes to bringing pets on your travels. International destinations are off-limits, unless you want to deal with quarantine regulations and have a pet passport. It’s recommended you only take a pet overseas if you plan to be away for several months or if you’re relocating because of the paperwork required to import pets. The costs to fly an animal around the world are hefty too.
However if you’re flying domestic, Qantas allows you to take your pet on board, along with your luggage, so long as you have a health certification for it. Make sure that the crate you pack them in is IATA-compliant. Anything other than a dog or cat will have to travel in the cargo hold, as will dogs over a certain size. Also, be warned that when temperatures at the departure airport rise above 29 degrees, Qantas have been known to refuse to board pets.
If you decide to drive to your holiday destination, remember to pack a water bowl and water, and lay out a blanket for your dog to lie on. Make sure there is plenty of air and secure your pet safely so it doesn’t distract you when you’re driving. Plan your route so you can stop regularly to allow your dog to relieve itself.
Packing for your pet is just as important as packing for yourself. Remember to take plenty of water for the journey, as well as water and food bowls, a leash, bed, poo bags, toys, shampoo and grooming kit and food.
There are plenty of websites that list bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, hotels and cottages that accept pets. Before you book, it’s worth phoning the owners to discuss what type of pet you have to see if the venue is suitable.
Many campsites, hostels and hotels accept pets. Be sure to always clean up after your dog and, if at a campsite, be sure to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
Out and about
Many public places including beaches and National Parks do not permit dogs. Always check ahead to see where you can and can’t walk a dog, and when out walking a dog make sure you are courteous and pick up any dog poo.
Make sure your dog is up to date with their vaccinations and that they have an identity tag or chip implanted. Also consider taking out pet insurance in case your pet gets sick.If you consider all of the above before booking your holiday, you and your pet will be all set for a happy holiday.