Driving Abroad with Dogs

20.05.16

What to Remember for the Dog This Roadtrip

Are you ready to create some great holiday memories with the whole family- including your beloved four-legged members of the family? Travelling via the Eurotunnel with your pets has never been easier, from only £18 per pet* you can bring your pets along for some summer fun! Before you load up and get going, we have some important steps to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip!

Contact your vet

Don’t leave this until the last minute- make sure you contact your vet before you book your holiday! If it has been a while since Spot’s last check-up, now’s the time to take him in! Ensure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date, and ask if additional vaccinations are required for the trip since there are more biting insects abroad than we have in the UK. When you are speaking to your vet, ask them to update your pet’s ID if there are any changes- If your pet is lost on your trip, you want to find them as quickly as possible. Before you depart, bring along a copy of your pet’s medical records and extra meds, just in case your trip is delayed!

Plan your route

You want to ensure that your schedule accommodates time for regular breaks. For your pet’s wellbeing, they need to have the opportunity for toilet breaks, to stretch their legs and  experience the new environment! The Eurotunnel is only a 35-minute crossing time, with dedicated exercise areas- so Spot won’t be making a mess in the car! Further along your journey, plan to take a 15 to 30 minute break every 4 hours. You can also make very long trips more enjoyable for both of you if you plan stops at locations with pet-friendly attractions, even if it’s just a nice dog park.

Crate your Pet

With your pet spending hours in the car, it’s more important than ever to consider safety issues. The safest way for dogs to travel in a car is in a safety-certified, crash-tested crate. It will also provide a comfortable, safe, and familiar place for your dog to sleep in at the hotel, motel, or other accommodation.

Pack a bag

Separating your pet’s items from your items will make them easier to access when you need them on the ride. Consider all the places you will visit along the way when packing. Items you may need include:

  • Food, food bowl and treats!
  • Water, water bottle and bowl
  • Lead and collar (we would suggest bringing a spare!)
  • Toys for chewing and fetching
  • Medications
  • Protective clothing
  • Dog-safe insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Water googles
  • Blanket and dog towel
  • Brush and shampoo
  • Flea comb and tick remover
  • Poop bags

Prepare your pet for the trip

Many pets suffer from car sickness, so it’s best to feed your pet a few hours before you get in the car. Before you head out, take a nice, long walk, so they are ready to rest and relax for the trip. Remember to pack small snacks for them (and you) for along the way.

Book pet-friendly accommodations

Now that you have your route planned, you need to plan for lodging. Not all hotels accept pets, and even campsites often have restrictions. This may require contacting individual hotels in advance to find out their pet policies, including breed restrictions, rules, and possible fees.

Heading on a European road trip this summer? Start your drive off fresh and book your first night stay at the pet friendly Holiday Inn Express Folkestone- Channel Tunnel. A pet friendly location, we will happily get you and your furry friends ready for your European holiday!

*To take your pet through the Eurotunnel it is only £18 per pet, each way. When leaving the UK pets are not required to go through any Pet Control checks. It is only when returning to the UK that they are required to go to the Pet Reception Building at the Eurotunnel Calais Terminal. The Eurotunnel offers dedicated pet exercise areas, trained pet staff and complimentary dog waste bags!

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