5 tips for travelling with pets

Since approximately half of our featured properties in the UK accept pets we thought we’d post a few tips about holidaying with your four-legged friends.

Taking a holiday with your pet not only allows the whole family some much-needed rest and relaxation but it’s also often far cheaper than leaving them in a kennel.

Take a look at the tips below and we’re sure you’re holiday will start off on the right paw. And please let us know if you have your own tips by leaving a comment below.

1. While many people have their pets tagged with electronic chips, for instant identification, you still can’t beat a collar with a name and contact details. If your pet’s collar has a phone number on it make sure you have access to that number – even if it’s just so you can check for answer phone messages.

2. Animals are much like us in that all it takes to help them relax is a few creature comforts. If your pets have a favourite blanket, basket, toy or even a bowl, try to remember them – they’ll help everyone to get accustomed to their new surroundings sooner.

3. Make sure you have the contact details of the nearest vet. Your cottage owner should be able to help you with this before you arrive, as it could save you precious time in the event of having a poorly pooch. In any event you probably won’t need them but the extra peace of mind is well worth it.

4. Try to make sure your pets are as secure and comfortable as possible in transport. Don’t drive too fast on the way – holidays are supposed to be about relaxation for everybody. Also, make sure that any pet carriers are secured properly. A good journey is the first step to ensuring your pets are happy and relaxed!

5. In the unlikely event of needing veterinary care while you’re away make sure you have your pet’s insurance details to hand. Again, this is mainly for peace of mind but it will certainly help you to relax!

Follow these five simple steps and you’re sure to have a fantastic relaxing holiday that everyone can enjoy. And whether your travelling alone, or with your pets, the most important thing to remember is to relax and have fun!

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