Planning to Travel? Why Not Take Your Dog With You?

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Travelling is a wonderful thing. We get to explore the world, relax and spend some quality time with friends and family. Sadly, if we’re invested in our dog, then it can be fairly stressful trying to find the right care for them and we can’t sleep properly at night knowing that our dog is lonely and probably misses us. However, there’s a simple solution that not enough people think about when they want to travel: take your dog with you!

Plan ahead if you want to take your dog

Much like any holiday, it’s important that you plan ahead before you take your dog abroad or on a trip with you. You can’t exactly book a trip and then leash your dog and bring them on the plane with you. There are rules for taking pets with you depending on the country you’re visiting, so it’s a good idea to do a quick Google search on animal rules when entering a country.

Prepare the right equipment

Planning ahead also means preparing the right equipment and even vaccines. For instance, if you don’t see yourself leashing your dog everywhere because there might be large crowds, then find the best backpack carrier for your dog and carry them on your back instead. This obviously doesn’t work if you have a larger dog, but there may be rules that forbid you to take large dogs as well.

Vaccinations

Then you need to think about vaccinations. All dogs have to be vaccinated against rabies before travelling to certain countries. There are rules and regulations to this but you have to take this step very seriously. They may even need a blood sample before the vaccination and there can be lengthy waits. Another step you’ll need to think about is getting a microchip installed. This is usually used for identification purposes and should be done before the vaccination step.

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Consider a carrier

Many people prefer to let their dogs travel in a carrier in the cargo area. This requires a bit of planning too because not every carrier is suited for air travel. All carriers that are suitable for cargo will be labelled as being airline approved, but always consult the seller before you invest in one. This may also add some additional costs to your travel fees, so ensure you can afford it financially.

Food and drink

While travelling, ensure that your dog has constant access to food and drink. You want to try and feed them as early as possible on the day of travel so that they’re less likely to get hungry or thirsty throughout the day. While on holiday, you might not find your dog’s preferred food, so make sure to carry some extra in your luggage and ensure that you have enough supply for the entire duration of your trip. Water usually isn’t an issue, but ensure that your dog has a water bowl to drink from while they are travelling as well, especially if it’s in the cargo of a plane.

This vet student’s wild dream….

Starting my journey to Barcelona

Whilst TV can numb the mind, sometimes it inspires dreams, and for me it planted the seed that I did not want to work with just cats and dogs. I want the great variety that being a vet offers me, from the very small frogs to the very big elephants. What a dream that is ay?

Well something I truly believe is that if you really want something you can make it happen, so now with 2 years study left I am looking to kick start my dream. I am heading to Barcelona (I’ve never been to Spain before), to attend the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians conference. Hopefully I will leave this conference with the lessons of the people that have done it already to help me avoid making the same mistakes. There is a strict social media ban on the content of the conference, however it includes the latest techniques and knowledge in this unique area of veterinary medicine. I am especially looking forward to the surgery sessions as this is where my great passion really is.

So is it worth going? I believe so as it is a small community, and getting to meet people will help me. However I am doing it for the least cost possible… Tonight I will be spending the night in Budapest airport to save on costs as my flight is early in the morning with the only train connection the one I am on as I write this. This saves me maybe 50 euros so yay… Then on the way back I am making the same connection by train which gives me a 6 hour wait in Budapest for the train connection…. Then public transport in Barcelona to the apartments (even though I have no clue where I am going) will help me keep costs lower… Still it is an expensive conference (the most expensive I have ever been) however I hope that it is an investment in my future and a few long journeys are a very small in relation….

Now I still have another couple of hours to spend on this train, and there are no power sockets so I am going leave today’s diary entry here. I will update you all as I get time!

A flying visit to France… (Day 655)

Today’s Diary Entry is sponsored by Supreme Petfoods

So today I am just a little excited, but full of dread too. Today is the start of my first ever visit to France, it is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit but never got round to as I keep getting busy with other things. Since I started my studies though it has been one of the those places I can’t afford to visit (I’ve not had a proper holiday in nearly 8 years now).

Luckily on this occasion Royal Canin are getting the bill in return for my participation as a Royal Canin Ambassador, and though the program is pretty packed they have been nice enough to include a afternoon on the beach (if the weather is nice that is)! Hence the excitement…

However my flight to France is from Vienna early tomorrow morning and there is just no public transport connections I can get that will make it in time, or without a big massive wait. So I’ve found a coach that gets me there for 6:30 this evening and my flight will be nearly 13 hours later… Ideas wanted to entertain oneself in an airport please!!!!

Apart from the dreaded journey I am really excited, Royal Canin have their world headquarters in Aimargues, South France. This is where I – along with 38 other vet students from around the world (I think the furthest is Japan!) are going. This not only has their research and development centre, but also one of their factories which I will be visiting.

These 3 days will hopefully be packed full of useful things I can come back and share! I will update you as soon as I get a chance