Pet News

18 June 2019 by Geoffrey Insurance

Travelling with your pet this summer?

Make sure your pet is secure and comfortable during the journey. Consider buying a car crate or harness to ensure your pet is fully secured while on the road.

If they are not used to travelling, take a few shorter rides first to get them used to the unfamiliar environment, sights, sounds and movement of the car before you go on holiday, the RSPCA advises.

On long journeys, your pet should eat no sooner than two hours before you travel, and make sure they have access to water during the journey.

It's also important to take regular breaks to allow your pet to exercise and go to the toilet. Cats and small animals should be given the chance to use a litter tray inside the car, while dogs should be exercised on a lead -- and make sure they can't escape from the car as you go to get them out.

Never leave your pet in the car unattended -- remember that the temperature inside can reach dangerous levels within minutes.

The National Animal Welfare Trust also recommends checking to make sure your pet's microchip information is up to date, and researching the vets nearest your holiday destination.

Pack spare collars, leads, poo bags, toys and treats. Let's face it, your pet will need their own suitcase!

And lastly, bring a brush -- it's always a good idea to groom your furry friend during the warmer weather, and it will make keeping your accommodation hair-free much easier.

Do you take short breaks or holidays with your pets? Can you add any advice?