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Travelling with your dog abroad – what you need to know

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Are you going to travel to another country with your dog, and you don’t know what to expect? Don’t worry. If you take care of a few of the most faithful issues, your trip will be very successful!

Holidays with a dog abroad

Are you planning a joint trip abroad with your beloved pet? Before starting your journey, make sure you are adequately prepared. The rules that apply when travelling with a dog abroad can be different, and what’s more, they are often updated. In addition, it is worth noting that each country may have guidelines regarding the presence of quadrupeds in its territory. Therefore, despite having basic knowledge about travelling with a dog, make sure that there are no separate, previously unknown regulations at the destination of your trip.

Travelling together with a dog is a challenge for every owner. Many quadrupeds become erratic during long trips, especially to previously unknown places. If you want your dog to enjoy the journey together, make sure that he feels entirely comfortable and safe

Abroad, a microchip is mandatory for the dog

When going abroad with your dog, it is necessary to equip the dog with a microchip. What is this? A microchip is a small device with a 15-digit code that can be read using a particular reader. Its purpose is to be able to identify the dog in the event of his loss. If the chip has been registered in an official database, it will be possible to read the owner’s name, address, telephone number, or other information. That is a great help when a dog gets lost, especially in a foreign place outside the country.

The microchip is placed under the dog’s skin. However, the procedure is non-invasive and painless for the pet. Therefore, you should not be afraid of its implementation. The microchip cost varies from GBP 15 to GBP 20, depending on the veterinary clinic. In many countries, having a microchip on a pet is mandatory to obtain a residence permit for a dog.

Dog’s passport and health booklet

A dog must have a passport even when travelling to countries that do not require such a document from us. Therefore, when you go abroad with your dog, you must obtain a passport for your pet. Without it, we will not be able to continue our journey together. If you want to get your dog’s passport, you must go to the vet’s office. Remember, however, that not every veterinarian is authorized to issue this document, so make sure that the doctor you are going to has such competence. The passport for a dog is indefinite, and its cost is about GBP 20.

Another essential point we must pay attention to when choosing a dog for another country is a health book with current vaccinations. It is mandatory to vaccinate your dog against rabies. It is a requirement in almost every country. In some countries, it is worth vaccinating your pet against infectious diseases.

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Prepare your dog for a trip abroad

However, documents entitling the dog to travel freely or current vaccinations are not everything. To prepare yourself and your dog for a joint trip, pay attention to a few essential issues.

The health of the dog

When planning a trip with your dog, ensure he is in good health. In no case should you underestimate even the most minor disturbing symptoms in your dog? Visit your veterinarian to check your pet’s health. Travelling with a dog that is weak or in poor health can have very negative consequences. You can start planning a joint trip when you are sure the dog’s health is fine.

Country rules

Some countries have rules and legal restrictions regarding the presence of quadrupeds from other countries on their territory. That applies, among other things, to breeds of dogs that are prohibited by law from entering a given country. These regulations primarily apply to breeds that are considered dangerous. For example, we cannot enter England with such breeds as Pitbull, American Bulldogs, Canary dogs, Argentine dogs or Rottweilers.

In addition, in Cyprus and Switzerland, there is a ban on dogs that have undergone such treatments as cropping of ears, tail docking or removing claws.

Dog’s well-being

If you know in advance about the journey ahead with your pet, you can prepare it for this event. That is especially important if the dog has never participated in a long trip. Try to get him used to being away from home. Also, pay attention to how the dog feels in the company of strangers and animals. Perhaps a few visits to the dog park will allow him to get used to other dogs a bit and maintain his self-confidence.

Be sure to take your dog’s favourite toy or his beloved dog blanket with you. The familiar smell will help the dog feel safer and will have a good effect on his well-being.

It is a good idea to take his portable lair with you – your pet’s sleeping bag or a dog mat adapted for transport.

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An adventure trip

A joint trip abroad should be a time full of joy and smiles for you. If you approach the subject responsibly and prepare yourself and your pet for any surprises that may stand in your way, your journey will undoubtedly be successful. If possible, it is good for the dog to cross the borders of another country accompanied by a legal guardian. That is not an official requirement, but it will make the project more manageable.

Remember that a trip to a foreign country is essential for you and your dog. Observe his behaviour and comfort him as soon as you notice that he is overwhelmed by a new place or unfamiliar people or feels uncomfortable. Let him think he is here with you, and you will protect him no matter what.

Author: Klaudia, great dog lover

The dog by my side teaches me to enjoy every moment and to perceive each subsequent day as a chance for a new, wonderful adventure. While looking for my soul mate, I found it in a dog's wise eyes.

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