As COVID restrictions ease and travel becomes a part of our lives again, lots of us will be looking forward to escaping to warmer climes with our pets. Bear in mind, it’ll have been a while since your dog has experienced travelling. And for senior dogs especially, it can be overwhelming. Here are some things to think about…
You’ll need to decide if it’s the right thing to do
Common signs of aging in dogs can include stiffness, lack of energy and confusion, and a busy airport or very hot temperatures may not be beneficial. With that in mind, it’s crucial to consider whether an older dog should be travelling overseas at all. Unless it’s an essential trip, would your furry friend be better off staying with a friend or relative? Be sure to think hard before making any plans.
You should check in with your vet
Once you’ve made the decision to take an older canine on your travels, it’s a good idea to visit the vet for a general check-up. If you’re travelling to the EU or Northern Ireland from England, Scotland or Wales, you’ll need to see the vet anyway to pick up your Animal Health Certificate, in line with new Brexit rules.
You’ll need to be organised from the get-go
Wherever you’re travelling to, and whatever your means of getting there, make sure you’re as organised as can be. The key is to keep your journey – and your dog – as calm as possible. Here are some things that’ll help…
- Leave plenty of time and book everything in advance – don’t wait until the last minute to book a taxi to the airport
- Consider your dog’s routine before booking. Would a night flight be preferable? Is your dog taking any medication you’d need to work around?
- Have travel details and documents to hand – ideally in an easy-to-spot, easy-to-grab wallet or folder. It’ll speed things up considerably!
You can provide comfort items
However your dog is travelling, chances are, he or she may feel some stress and anxiety – and that doesn’t just go for senior canines. Making sure they’ve got proper padded bedding, a favourite teddy or a reassuring toy will go some way to making your canine feel more comfortable. Doggy diapers and lots of water are essential, too. Lastly, consider a supplement like YuCALM to reduce stress.