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March 5, 2024

Safety Tips to Tick Off Before Taking Your Pet on Holiday

Safety Tips to Tick Off Before Taking Your Pet on Holiday

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G’day, pet lovers! Are you currently planning, or thinking of planning a holiday where your four-legged friend can come along for the ride? It’s sure to be tons of fun, and good times, but before you head off, there are a few things you are going to want to do to ensure your best mate is safe on the trip…


1. Vet Check-up: Not Just a Chin Wag


Before you hit the road, a trip to the vet is a must. This isn’t just a courtesy call for a chin wag about the weather. You’ll want to ensure your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations, especially if you’re venturing into tick and flea territory. And let’s not forget about a quick once-over to ensure they’re fit for travel. No one wants their holiday cut short by a pet emergency.


2.  ID Tags and Microchips: Better Safe Than Sorry


In the excitement of exploring new digs, there’s a chance your pet could go walkabout. Ensure they have ID tags with your current contact information. And if they’re not already microchipped, now’s the time. It’s like giving your pet a permanent ID card, so if they do decide to go on an unscheduled adventure, you’ve got a better chance of a happy reunion.


3. Pack a Pet First Aid Kit: Be Prepared


Remember the Scouts’ motto? Apply it to holidaying with your pet. Pack a pet first aid kit. Include the basics like bandages, antiseptic, tweezers (for those pesky ticks), and any medication they might need. It’s like having a bit of Dr. Dolittle in your back pocket.


4. Pet Insurance: Don’t Leave Home Without It


If you reckon insurance is just another way to part you from your hard-earned cash, think again. When you’re miles from home and Rex decides to test if Aussie snakes are friend or foe, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars (or the Southern Cross) for that coverage. Online pet insurance can be a real lifesaver, covering unexpected vet visits so your holiday funds can stay for the fun stuff, like extra treats and souvenirs. It will often also include the cost of missing posters bd return awards if your pal goes walkies in a new environment, so it is a must.


5. Secure Pet Carrier or Harness: Safety First, Mate


Whether you’re travelling by car, caravan, or even plane, securing your pet is non-negotiable. A sturdy carrier or vehicle harness can keep them safe in case of sudden stops or turns. Plus, it stops them from becoming a furry projectile or trying to take over driving duties. Because as much as we love them, pets make terrible co-pilots.


6. Water, Water, Everywhere: Stay Hydrated


This might sound like a no-brainer, but keeping your pet hydrated is crucial, especially in the Aussie heat. Bring along a collapsible water bowl and plenty of fresh water. Dehydration can hit hard and fast, turning your dream holiday into a nightmare.


7. Know the Local Vets: Just in Case


Before you set off, do a bit of recon and find out where the local vets are in relation to where you’ll be staying. Save their contact details in your phone. In the unlikely event that you need them, you won’t be frantically Googling “nearest vet” while in a panic.


8. Keep Their Routine: Creatures of Habit


Most pets are creatures of habit. They like to know when they will get their morning walk, what time dinner will be and when it’s time to play, and if you deviate at all, it can make them antsy, anxious or downright difficult to deal with. So, try to keep things as normal as you can while still having a good time.


9. Beware of Local Wildlife: Not All Animals are Friends


From snakes to spiders and everything in between, keep a close eye on your furry friend to avoid any unwanted encounters with new animals they might not have experienced before because not everything no matter how cute, is friendly.


10. Have Fun, But Stay Safe


Your vacation should be fun, but if you let yourself get carried away with bringing your pet everywhere, then you could put him at risk. You need need to carefully choose which adventures you do together and which it would be better for him to sit out and chill in the holiday accommodation or find a local pet sitter. Some accommodation providers even offer pet sitting for your pet.


Travelling with your pet can be a fun and rewarding experience but only if you keep them safe, so do whatever you can to make that happen.