Years ago, going on a vacation abroad often meant leaving your beloved dog behind – if you were lucky it would be with a caring friend, but if not it involved a trip to the shelter for old Fido. Now it’s easier than ever to take your faithful friend on holiday with you – especially if you’re going to the UK.
Thanks to the internet, it’s much simpler to find accommodation that will happily home your pooch for the duration of your stay. Holiday cottages near the coast are the ideal place for families to enjoy a break with their pet, and (most) dogs love bounding around on the beach.
There are lots of hotels and cottages available so do a bit of shopping around, but the RSPCA is a good place to start. It can direct you to a range of holiday cottages in the UK, and the added bonus is that ten per cent of what you spend renting accommodation goes towards the charity’s valuable work rehoming lost and unwanted dog.
Of course, fears over the spread of disease have traditionally been the barrier to transporting pets over borders, but in the UK, that has changed thanks to the introduction of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). This allows animals that have the appropriate documentation to travel in and out of the country without the need for a lengthy period of quarantine. There are some important qualification requirements to pursuing your dog friendly holiday.
First, your pet must be microchipped for identification, although this is recommended whether you go abroad or not, as it will allow animal shelter to identify your dog as ‘lost’ rather than ‘stray’. Second, once your dog is chipped, s/he needs a rabies shot and a blood test from a US veterinarian. Finally, when this paperwork has been acquired, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) vet will provide the PETS certificate that is needed for entry into the UK. For this certificate to remain valid, your animal must travel with a PETS-approved transporter.
While the process is simple once the documentation has been cleared, getting to this stage can take months, so it is important that you plan well in advance.
If you are going abroad with your animal, insurance is vital. Check your existing cover to see if it covers vet bills overseas – if it doesn’t you should update the policy. Alternatively, if you’re going on an extended break to Britain, you might want to consider a UK-based insurance provider, for convenience.
Taking a dog friendly holiday does involve planning and paperwork, but it’s worth it for the pleasure of having your faithful friend along for the ride.
Here’s more information on taking pets abroad.
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