Updated 11 November 2014

Taking your pet on a holiday

Here are some "impawtant" tips to ensure your pets' summer holiday is as enjoyable as yours.


As the end of the year rapidly approaches, many of us may already have our summer holiday all mapped out or will find ourselves  frantically doing so over the next few weeks. While most holidaymakers have a check list of things-to-do and items-to-remember to ensure a fantastic time away, many are less prepared and organised when packing for their pets. Whether you find yourself travelling with your BFF (Best Fury Friend) this December or making other arrangements for your pet while you are away, here are a few "impawtant" tips to ensure your pets' summer holiday is as enjoyable as yours.

Travelling with your pet in the car

  • Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or pet carrier that is large enough for them to stand, lie down and turn around in. Comfortable bedding is always welcome.
  • Have a "pet pack" ready for the trip with items such as pet travel papers, your pets' regular food, spill-proof water bowls, favourite toys and any medication they require.
  • Make sure your pets' vaccinations are up to date - this is especially important in protecting against rabies.
  • Always travel with your pets' vaccination booklet or certificates.
  • Ensure your pets are micro-chipped and are wearing indentification tags with your updated contact details in case of an emergency.
  • Stop regularly while travelling so that your pets, especially dogs, can stretch their legs and stay hydrated.
  • Never leave your pets unattended in a parked vehicle.

Fun in the sun at the seaside

  • Protect your pets from fleas when travelling to the coast. The coast is the perfect breeding ground for fleas.
  • Always keep a watchful eye over your dogs when at the beach and keep them away from waves if they are not used to them.
  • Always clean up after your pets – don't let them to become a nuisance to others.

Bundu- bashing with your pet

  • Protect your pets from fleas and ticks when travelling to the bush.
  • Check your pets for ticks while visiting the bush as well as when you return home – billary is a deadly disease.
  • Remember to deworm your pets regularly if they are travelling with you to the bush.

Placing your pet in a kennel

  • Pet vaccinations need to be up-to-date when placing your animals in kennels.
  • Kennels will require your pets' vaccination booklets before accepting them.
  • Find a kennel that will make your pets stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
  • Take your pets' regular food and homely comforts along when placing them in a kennel. It makes their stay away from home a little less frightening and uneasy.

Getting a pet sitter

  • Ask for references when looking for a pet sitter to take care of your pets while you are away.
  • Provide clear and precise instructions for the pet sitter about details such as feeding times, any medication that needs to be given, the bedding and sleeping areas for the pets, where the pet food is kept and where the water bowls are.
  • Leave a list of up-to-date contact numbers for the pet sitter, including emergency numbes and your local vet's contact details.
  • If any medication or services are needed while you are away, ensure the pet sitter knows who to contact and what to do in case of an emergency.


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