Arun Veterinary Group

Travelling with your pet


Taking your pet on holiday is now a popular choice for many people.  Having your dog with you on holiday can be a fantastic experience but the travelling part can be stressful for pets and owners alike.

Preparing to travel with your pet will enable you to ensure stress levels are reduced and provide a comfortable journey for both owner and dog.

Travelling with your dog

Ensure your dog has had a good walk prior to travelling and has had a chance to go to the toilet.  If your dog suffers with travel sickness do not feed them for 2 hours before the journey.

  • We can advise on the best course of treatment for travel sickness
  • Have a familiar blanket or towel to put with your dog
  • Ensure water is available at all times or regular breaks are given to allow time to drink
  • For long journey take regular breaks, allow them to stretch their legs, go to the toilet and have a drink
  • Do not allow your dog to put his head out of the window when travelling
  • Remember it is a legal requirement that your dog’s microchip details are up to date and they are wearing a collar with your contact details
  • During sunny periods use sun visors on the windows to ensure your dog is not in direct sunlight
  • NEVER leave your dog in the car alone

By law all dogs must be suitably restrained at all times.  Harnesses designed to attach to the seat belt are available from most pet shops or can be ordered through the surgery.

Travelling with your cat

  • All cats should be suitably restrained in a secure and spacious carrier
  • Secure the carrier with a seatbelt
  • For trips less than 6 hours your cat should be fine to stay in the carrier. For longer trips you should provide the opportunity for your cat to stretch their legs and use a litter tray
  • Ensure your cat has suitable identification via a collar or microchip

If your cat or dog gets stressed or car sick during journeys and you wish to discuss medications available to help your pet, please book a travelling appointment with one of our nurses.

Please note for prescription medication to be dispensed your pet must have been seen within the last six months by a veterinary surgeon.

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