Last minute holidays

Last minute holidays with your canine companion

If you want to travel on the spur of the moment, there are quite a few last minute opportunities available to enable you to do just that. And accommodation providers have even thought of dog lovers, last minute breaks are already on offer that allow you to take your dog with you. Experts from Maxi Zoo give some tips on what to watch out for with last minute trips.

Last minute holiday-makers will ideally find what they’re looking for on the internet. Typing the term “last minute dog friendly” into a search engine will throw up lots of links to travel providers.

Are you allowed entry into other countries?

There’s the question of entry regulations for your potential destination: if you are staying within Ireland, then apart from legal requirements (e.g. leash or muzzle requirements) there are no further hurdles to overcome. But if you’re going abroad within the EU at short notice, you must comply with EU entry regulations. Since 3rd July 2011, an animal travelling within the EU has to be chipped. It needs to have all the necessary immunisations as well as an EU pet passport. Fighting dog breeds are banned in some countries and this also partly applies to dogs which are just passing through! Apart from that, dog owner liability insurance, which covers the respective holiday destination, is recommended.

So, if you’re lacking one or other of these prerequisites, it’s better to clarify in advance whether you can obtain them in good time for your departure. Reliable, up-to-date information can be obtained at: www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/ .

Beware of the heat!

The farther south you travel, the stronger the sun’s rays at this time of year. Bear this in mind when choosing your last minute holiday destination! Long car journeys can become an ordeal at 40 degrees in the shade. Find yourself in a traffic jam and you and your four-legged companion will be sitting in the heat far longer than you’d like. Even when you reach your holiday spot, you and/or your dog might have to spend quite a few hours indoors because of the sun. It’s easier to take a siesta in a holiday rental than in a hotel.

For emergencies

If possible, pencil in a visit to the vet before you start your journey or search online to check out any possible pathogens in your holiday destination. Prevention is better than cure. Apart from that, it helps to have a first aid kit in your luggage for typical illnesses or problems: eye ointment, anti-diarrhoea medicine, tweezers, bandages, wound ointment, tick tweezers, and possibly also something to treat nausea and vomiting.

Stumbling blocks

Catching a plane at the last minute could be a tight squeeze. So it’s essential to find out from the airline whether they still have places free for animals. If you want to travel by ferry on your journey, make sure you know whether and under what conditions it’s permitted to take a dog with you. Two or more dogs could be well beyond the scope of your service providers. It’s best to clarify whether this is possible directly with the tour operator or the owner of the accommodation.

Call into your local store today to discuss your dog’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.

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