Whether camping, motorhome, hotel, everything is not always possible. And as for the trips themselves, namely the train, the plane, the car, the conditions differ from one vehicle to another and it is advisable to know your dog well to offer him the best of trips so that vacation does not rhyme. not with ordeal. For the pet as for its owner.
You should know that animals really appreciate traveling, leaving, momentarily leaving their sweet cozy nest because it is a moment when the master and his pet can have special moments, moments during which the master has more. time than usual to enjoy his companion. Thus, games, walks, swimming, naps are precious moments in the holiday program, for them as for the masters.
This is why when you decide to go on a trip, on vacation with your pet, it is useful to plan everything before departure, the preparations, the journey until the arrival at the place of vacation.
So that you no longer have to cruelly choose between giving up your holidays or abandoning your animal, here are some tips and tricks for taking your animal with you everywhere on the planet.
Before going on vacation, there are already conditions to put in place, preventions to take into account such as keeping the vaccination record up to date but also to have your animal tattooed or chipped (cat or dog especially to appear on a national register). for easy and quick identification). As a general rule, the health record must be up to date and established by a veterinarian to prove the good health of the animal. In case of doubts or questions, do not hesitate to seek advice from a knowledgeable professional who will be able to direct the animal towards a particular preventive or security measure for a possible trip.
For any trip, particularly within the European Union, a European pet passport can be issued to travel without any worry: this passport is drawn up and issued by the veterinarian and this document contains all the information relating to the health of the animal. the animal.
For more caution, it may be useful to inform your insurance company of the presence of an animal at the place of its vacation as well as on the journey: indeed, in the event that the animal could cause material damage, all costs would then be covered by the master’s insurance company. There is also animal insurance that covers veterinary costs and the repatriation of the animal.
The trip with your animal
Most of the time, a vacation is also synonymous with a road trip. We all have memories of running out of space, of being too hot, of having trouble finding a comfortable position. The same goes for the pet. All this clutter, promiscuity, noise, all these smells that mix will disturb him, stress him and his trip will be all the more uncomfortable. This is why it is recommended to have your companion travel in the back of the vehicle, if possible separated from the driver or passengers by a grid or a protective net.
So everyone will be in their place and no one will be embarrassed. Seat belts exist on the market for animals. You can also use suitable transport boxes, but make sure that the box is large enough for the animal to turn or lie down.
It can also be, as with a human being, to stop every two hours of the car journey so that everyone, including pets, can stretch their legs / paws, and that everyone can drink and drink. have a bite to eat. In a parking lot or motorway area, it is imperative to keep the animal on a leash and he makes sure, during a prolonged stop, never to leave the animal exposed to direct sunlight, otherwise there is a risk of dehydrate quickly.
The moments in the car must be synonymous with happy and pleasant moments for the animal as for the owner, without any source of stress. This is why getting used to it regularly can only do it good. The master must indicate his place to the animal in order to reassure him, designating a place will help him find his way in such a small confined space. Once the animal has understood where it belongs, it is necessary to prohibit any movement because it could injure itself, injure a passenger or even create an accident by disturbing the vigilance of the driver.
Finally, the master and any other passenger should speak to him softly, this will comfort him.
When the animal weighs less than 6 kg on average, it is possible to make the animal travel in a bag or a cage the dimensions of which do not exceed 45 x 30 x 25cm, the SNCF then provides for a price of 5.10 euros .
But when the animal is larger, it is imperative that it be kept on a leash, or even muzzled (for a dog in particular). The animal will then “pay” a 2nd class half-fare ticket (50% reduction calculated on the cost of the full fare)
It is also imperative to check that the presence of an animal in the train, the wagon, the compartment does not disturb other travelers.
However, with iDTGV, the prices are not the same: indeed, if the animal weighs less than 6 kg, then its trip is free, while otherwise, a supplement of 35 euros is applied to the price of the ticket. his master.
For the Eurostar, no pets are allowed, with the exception of guide dogs.
In general, in a train, the presence of an animal is just tolerated so it is crucial to make sure of the possible discomfort with the passengers who leave at the same time as you. The SNCF cannot guarantee the acceptance of the animal and if you have any doubts, you must check with the SNCF which will be able to inform as it should be.
Depending on the size of the animal, it will be placed either in the cabin, placed in a bag or in an air-conditioned and pressurized hold. In the latter case, it is important to rent or buy a regulatory cage by checking with the airlines.
Indeed, each airline has its own rules and regulations: whatever option you want, reservations are required in advance. Each commercial flight can only carry a certain number of animals in each class, and capacities vary by airline and aircraft.
Often, when the animal weighs up to 5kg, it can travel in the cabin with its owner.
However, certain precautions must be taken: it is advisable to choose direct flights. If the animal is traveling in the hold, it is preferable not to leave during the cold or too hot periods of the year (or else it must be ensured that the flight is very early in the morning or late at night during the summer and rather midday in winter)
In terms of legislation, especially in the United States, it is required that the animal is at least 8 weeks old and has been weaned for 5 days prior to the flight. Also, puppies under 2 weeks old, pregnant females, elderly or nervous dogs are not encouraged to travel by plane. It is also necessary to ensure that the species of his animal is not subject to health problems caused by the lack of air at high altitude.
Finally, the master will ensure, for any trip with his pet, to take a leash but also not to take the animal out within the airport because the surrounding noise and agitation could disturb the animal. which would then lose its bearings and panic. And then, you must also remember to put the name of the animal on the cage or the animal’s crate as well as the telephone number of the place of arrival of the holidays.
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