Everything you need to know about travelling with your dog: Tips, preparation and regulations

Jack Russel Welpe

Travelling with your dog can be a wonderful experience if you are well prepared. This guide gives you a comprehensive overview of the most important aspects you should consider to make your trip smooth and stress-free.

Health and safety

Pet passport and vaccination papers: A visit to the vet is essential before travelling with your dog. Make sure that your pet has had all the necessary vaccinations and is healthy. For international travel, you often need specific health certificates and proof of vaccinations. Find out about the requirements of the destination country in good time. Keep all the necessary documents to hand. This includes the pet passport, which proves your pet’s current vaccination status, as well as any necessary health certificates. Make sure that all documents are up to date and meet the requirements of the destination country. Keep these documents in a safe place so that you can show them quickly if necessary.

Emergency plans: Prepare for possible emergencies. Carry a pet first aid kit with you and know how to respond to minor injuries or health problems. Find out in advance about the contact details and opening hours of vets and veterinary clinics at your destination. By following these steps, you will ensure that your journey with your pet is smooth and enjoyable. Good preparation is the key to a relaxed and safe vacation for you and your four-legged friend.

Transportation regulations

Different regulations apply to the transportation of dogs depending on the means of transport. Airlines often have strict guidelines regarding transport boxes, health documents and the behavior of pets on board. Check these details in good time to avoid any surprises.

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Transport boxes for air travel

Make sure that the transport box meets the dimensions and requirements of the airline. Find out in advance about the specific regulations of the respective airline, as these may vary. It is important that the crate is sufficiently ventilated and offers enough space for your dog to stand, lie down and turn around comfortably.

A waterproof pad and a soft blanket can increase your dog’s comfort. Make sure that the box is securely closed and that all necessary identification and health documents are attached. It can also be helpful to get your pet used to the crate before the journey to minimize stress and anxiety.

Car transportation

A dog crate in the trunk or a car safety harness will keep your dog safe during the journey. Make sure that the box is firmly anchored in the vehicle to prevent it from slipping during sudden braking maneuvers.

When choosing a dog crate, you should look for sturdy materials and good ventilation. Alternatively, a well-fitting car safety harness that attaches to the seatbelt buckle can be a safe option. It is important that your dog is not left unattended during the journey and that regular breaks are taken to give him the opportunity to exercise and drink water. A sunshade for the windows can help to keep the interior cool and prevent overheating.

A car safety harness and a car safety gate are essential for safe car journeys. Supplement this with useful accessories such as car nets, trunk cushions and blankets to keep your car clean. You can also use special dog blankets that offer both comfort and protection. Waterproof trunk liners are a great addition to protect the trunk from dirt and moisture.

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A portable ramp can make it easier for older or smaller dogs to get into the car. Practical storage pockets and organizers ensure that everything stays in its place and is easily accessible. This not only makes every car journey safer, but also more comfortable and stress-free for everyone involved.

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The right accessories are crucial for a pleasant journey with your dog. The essential items include:

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Dog food and water

Don’t forget to take a supply of fresh drinking water with you, especially if you are traveling to warm or remote areas. Use a travel bowl to ensure that your dog is always well fed.

Make sure you take enough food with you for the entire journey. A foldable travel bowl is practical for on the go. Find out whether you can buy your usual dog food at your destination. Special chew bones are great for relieving stress on the go.

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Leash and harness

Also think about a muzzle for public transportation. A well-fitting harness and a sturdy lead are essential to ensure your dog’s safety. Also pack a spare leash and an extra harness in case one of the parts is damaged or lost.

A long drag line (for further exercise despite the compulsory use of a lead) gives your dog more freedom. A reflective lead or a luminous collar can be useful for walks at night.

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Favorite blanket or bed

A familiar smell helps your dog to feel more comfortable. Therefore, do not wash his blanket and bed before your vacation.

In addition, a familiar blanket or bed can provide your dog with a safe place to retreat to, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. Also think about a few toys that your dog can enjoy and keep him busy.

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Medication and first-aid kit

Consult your vet for individual advice. Make sure that you take all the necessary medication with you in sufficient quantities and draw up a list of dosages and administration times.

A well-equipped first-aid kit for dogs should also contain remedies for diarrhea, vomiting and minor injuries. A first aid kit for dogs can also be very helpful.

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Dog ramp

A dog ramp makes it easier for older or smaller dogs to get into the car by providing a gentle slope that is easy on joints and muscles.

This is particularly important for dogs with arthritis, hip dysplasia or other health problems that make jumping difficult. Dog ramps are often foldable and easy to stow away, making them a practical accessory for on the go.

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Comfortable lounging and sleeping options

The Dog Couches Vacation and Vacation Top dog loungers offer your four-legged friend an ideal oasis of peace. These raised loungers are robust, weather-resistant and easy to assemble. Thanks to the sturdy construction and high-quality materials, the loungers are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

The elevated position ensures optimum air circulation, which provides pleasant cooling, especially on hot days. The reclining beds are also easy to care for and can be cleaned easily if necessary. With their elegant design, the dog loungers blend harmoniously into any environment and offer your dog a comfortable retreat where he can relax and unwind.

Comfortable and safe on the move

Our Vacation transport bags offer safety and convenience during transportation. Whether front carrier bag, bike bag, rucksack or car seat bag – these products protect your dog from potential dangers and provide a familiar environment. Made from high-quality, hard-wearing materials, the bags are not only durable but also easy to clean.

The front carrycots have padded straps and breathable mesh windows for optimum ventilation. Our bike bags are equipped with sturdy holders and safety belts to transport your dog safely and comfortably by bike. The backpacks have ergonomically shaped back pads and adjustable straps that increase comfort, while the car seat bags have special fastening systems that ensure safe transportation in the car.

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In addition, all our transport bags have practical storage compartments for food, leads and toys. Reflective stripes provide additional safety in poor lighting conditions. With Vacation transport bags, you can rest assured that your four-legged friend will travel safely and comfortably, no matter where the adventure takes you.

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Avoid heat and stress

Use a Cooling Mat or look for a shady spot. Protect your dog from direct sunlight with a parasol/sail and beach towel.

Avoid large crowds and busy times. This reduces stress for your dog.

Regulations in the country of destination

Rules of conduct and consideration

Other countries – other customs. Find out about the rules for dogs in public areas in your destination country before travelling internationally. Respectful treatment of laws and cultural differences can prevent misunderstandings.

Remember that not everyone is a dog lover. Respect the local rules and regulations, keep your dog on a lead and make sure it behaves well. Clean up any droppings immediately and make sure that your dog does not bother other people or animals.

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Dog-friendly accommodation

Check in advance whether your accommodation is dog-friendly. Many hotels, vacation apartments and campsites state whether pets are allowed.

Pay attention to whether there are additional charges for pets and what rules apply to the stay. It can also be helpful to look for accommodations that offer special amenities for dogs, such as dog beds, food bowls or fenced-in areas for playing.

Entry requirements by country

Each country has its own entry regulations for pets. These can include special vaccinations, quarantine periods or even bans on certain breeds. Research these regulations thoroughly to avoid problems at the border.

It is advisable to obtain information from the relevant embassies or consulates in good time and, if necessary, to consult a vet who has experience with international travel.
Use these tips and recommendations to make your trip with your dog safe and enjoyable.

We wish you a pleasant, stress-free and well-prepared journey with your dog and Kerbl Pet

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