Taking your dog on holiday – Tips & Precautions
There are few things happier in the world than a loving family dog spending time with his family and few things less happy than a family dog spending time away from his adopted ‘pack’. At Priory Rentals, we offer pet friendly motorhomes so that your four legged friend doesn’t have to feel abandoned while you’re away adventuring, after all, we’re dog owners too and we know full well that the infectious joy your canine companion brings, just by sharing in whatever his favourite humans are up to will make your holiday more enjoyable. As well as taking your dog’s favourite food, treats and of course, his lead, there are a number of other things you might like to consider prior to setting off on your adventure together.
When taking a dog on holiday with you, bear in mind that not everywhere is as dog friendly as our motorhomes, so the wise motorhome adventurer would do well to bear in mind the following care advice for your dog on holiday.
Before Travelling to Europe with your dog
A Priory motorhome can take you to the continent, so if you’re taking a transcontinental roadtrip, then you’ll need to plan in advance to make sure your pet pooch is prepared. First and foremost, your dog will need a ‘pet passport’ so make sure you have time to obtain one of you don’t have one already. Your dog should already be microchipped, but if he isn’t this is mandatory. Vaccinations will be needed for rabies and tapeworm, for which there are rules regarding getting these recorded by your vet, so make sure you look these up and make sure the vaccinations take place at least 21 days before travel.
Warm weather care advice for your dog
Every responsible dog owner knows not to leave a dog in a car when it’s warm. Not even if you leave the window open a crack, even if you leave plenty of water. The problem with dogs and cars are down to how their bodies regulate heat. Humans are blessed with a massively efficient cooling system – sweat glands. We sweat, the sweat evaporates and in so doing heat is exchanged which cools us down. Dogs do have sweat glands, but nowhere near as many as we do, their main method of self-cooling is through open-mouthed panting, which doesn’t work so well in hot cars. Added to this, that Dogs are in effect wearing a blanket all year round which helps keep heat in, even when its warm.
When going for walks in the warm weather, always bear in mind that while you’re likely wearing shoes, he’ll be effectively barefoot. The pads of his feet are tough, but they can still be burnt by hot pavements. When it’s been sunny, put your hand on the ground and hold it there for at least five seconds. If it’s too hot for you, then it’s too hot for your dog to walk on. Consider walking earlier in the day before the sun’s fully up, or later in the day when it’s cooling down.
Be aware of the signs of overheating. Excessive panting or foaming at the mouth are danger signs which should be watched out for. THere are plenty of simle things you can do to keep your dog cool in the warm weather. Wetting a towel for him to lie on, spraying him with water from a bottle, even adding ice cubes to his drinking water cab help him keep cool. If you have a paddling pool, your dog will almost certainly have hours fo enjoyment getting in and out of it, just don’t forget, dogs skin is susceptible to UV rays too, so make sure you pack the doggy sunscreen!
Help your dog avoid biting Insects
There’s been much in the news of late about the invasion of horseflies. These larger than usual flies, as their name suggests, are often found attacking horses or those nearby, but horses aren’t the only things they’ll bite. Horseflies will happily bite humans, dogs, or anything else they can land on for long enough to use their serrated mouthparts to tear into the skin of their victim. Horseflies hunt by sight, by detecting carbon dioxide and are especially attracted to darker colours, so brown and black dogs are especially likely to attract their attention. Calm days make it easier for these flies to detect its victims and zero in, so take plenty of repellants and be ready to swat if you see them. If there’s a bit of wind, you’re likely to fare better.
Bees and wasps can both deliver stings in the same way they can to humans. Wasps are just as irritating to dogs if they land a sting as they are to us, but dogs have a greater chance of reacting badly to stings than we do and are more likely to make things worse by scratching the site of a sting, so be o your guard if your dog likes to chase insects.
Out in the countryside ticks are also a menace which will need careful attention. If there are deer about, there’s a good chance ticks will be as well. If you find a tick latched to your dog, they must be carefully removed taking great care not to leave their heads buried beneath the skin. THere are special tools which are very cheap to obtain which make the removal of these nasties easier, so get hold of one prior to setting off.
Mosquitos can be just as much a nuisance and carriers of the disease for dogs as they are to humans, as with horseflies, there are times and conditions which make you more likely to encounter this tiny biting menaces, so do your best to avoid stagnant water, especially on calm days.
WIth many flying insects repellant is an effective deterrent, but be cautious on what you spray on your dog and don’t use repellents intended for humans. Human insect repellant contains ‘Deet’, which won’t harm us if used as directed, but is toxic for dogs. Make sure you use insect sprays, creams and treatments specially formulated for dogs.
Have fun with your dog on holiday with your family
With this simple advice, we’re sure you and your family will have a wonderfully memorable trip away with your dog in your Priory Luxury Motorhome. Check out our range of dog friendly motorhomes and get in touch to make your booking today