How to have a smooth and travel sick-free UK dog holiday

June 21, 2023

Rouken Glen Vets understands how exciting it can be taking your furry friend on a UK holiday. However, it’s important to keep in mind that dogs have specific needs and require proper care and attention to stay healthy. Our Head Vet Richard has put together some essential tips to help you keep your dog happy whilst on holiday in the UK.

We’ve also got an invaluable guide on how to improve your dog’s travel sickness woes here:

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Pack essentials

When packing for your UK holiday, make sure to pack your dog’s essentials. This includes food, water, treats, and any medication your dog requires. You should also bring a lead, poo bags, and their favourite toys to keep them entertained.

Research dog-friendly accommodations

Before booking your accommodation, research what dog-friendly options are available. Many hotels, cottages and campsites in the UK are dog-friendly, but it’s important to check the rules and regulations beforehand. Some accommodations may have restrictions on the size or breed of the dog, while others may charge an additional fee. Ask friends and family what dog-friendly accommodation they know of and our team of animal lovers may also have some recommendations!

Exercise regularly

Dogs require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. When on a UK holiday, make sure to take your dog for daily walks or runs to keep them active. You can also explore dog-friendly beaches or parks to give your dog more space to run and play. Head Vet Richard also recommends, depending on the length of your commute, stopping to let your dog stretch their legs and go to the toilet. Going on a UK holiday is usually a much longer journey than what your pet is used to so breaking it up can help keep them comfortable whilst travelling.

Provide adequate rest

While it’s essential to keep your dog active, it’s equally important to provide adequate rest. Dogs require proper sleep to stay healthy and happy, so make sure to provide them with a comfortable place to sleep. Richard recommends taking familiar blankets and if you can squeeze it in, take their usual bed to make sure your dog is comfortable for the duration of your stay.

Keep them hydrated

Make sure your dog has access to clean and fresh water at all times. This is especially important during hot weather, as dogs can become dehydrated quickly. Carry a water bottle and portable bowl with you when out and about to ensure your dog stays hydrated. Richard also wants owners to remember to not walk their dogs during the hottest part of the day on Summer holidays.

Follow local rules and regulations

When on a UK holiday with your dog, it’s important to follow local rules and regulations. Many public places such as beaches and parks have specific rules for dogs, such as requiring them to be on a lead, only allowing them access during certain months or limiting the number of dogs per person.

In conclusion, keeping your dog healthy and happy on a UK holiday requires proper planning and preparation. With these tips, you can ensure that your furry friend has a happy and healthy holiday alongside you. If you know somebody who is planning a UK holiday with their dog, share this article with them.

Don’t forget to download our travel sickness guide for dogs to ensure your staycation commute goes smoothly for both you and your pet!

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