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I have always loved animals since I was a child and apparently animals seem to love me as I am one of those people that animals seem to get excited on seeing (I have this affect on children too which is useful).  On numerous power walks I have made new friends who have then decided to follow me on part of my walks.  It’s not just me though we are a nation of animal lovers.  Our pets don’t take long to become an important part of our daily lives.

They are our loyal companions who see us through the ups and downs and make great listeners.  The comfort and love they show us daily is unconditional.  They become family from the first day they arrive at home, and you want to spend every second playing with them and cuddling them.  It’s not always easy to leave them at home while you go to work but worse still is to have to leave them with someone whilst you go on vacation.  Fortunately travelling with pets has become much easier over the years and the steps to enable them to be able to come with us are simple and straight forward.

I am sure some of you would love to take your pets abroad but in some cases not knowing the process involved to allow you to do so puts you off so in this post you will find all the information you will require.  Make sure you check out the various links for further details on the topics in bold.

The Checklist for Your Pet

 Before travelling with your pet it’s important to make a checklist of the steps that need to be fulfilled before departure.  First of all, your pet will need a pet passport plus a super cute picture to go with it.  Your veterinarian will be a fundamental part of this process.  Before any vaccines, or paper work, remember that your pet should be micro-chipped (in many countries it is required by law).  The chip serves as a permanent ID, in case of emergency situations so for example if your pet gets lost and then found thanks to the chip he/she will be recognised and linked to the respective owner.  A common vaccination that may be required is for rabies.  After having this your will need to wait 21 days before they can travel.

Don’t forget their favourite toy(s) and a blanket to help keep them calm during travelling and settle into the new surrounding better.

If your pet requires medication / special shampoos, creams these will need to be packed too.

Don’t forget too pack a spare leash and muzzle in case they are needed.

Choosing the Right Means of Transportation

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Once you go through your checklist, and get your pet the appropriate jabs you then have to choose your mode of transportation.  Whether you are going near or far, the way you choose to travel is important for both you and your pet.  One of the best, and more efficient ways is travelling by air.  Travelling by plane is, as we all know one of the safest forms of travel and picking the right service provider that will care about your pet’s comfort is important.  One company that provides international transportation for pets by air is Bliss Pet Service.  Bliss Pet follows your loved one from start to finish and ensures their trip goes as smoothly as yours.  Started in 2011 this company has a 98% satisfaction rate.

After dealing with all the paper work and veterinarians visits, comes the fun part, deciding where to go.  You will need to make sure you do a little research into where your little furry friend will be accepted without any problems.  The world is your oyster obviously, but some of the best problem-free places to visit include Italy, Germany and Switzerland. These countries are known to be extra pet-friendly and do not mind when you want to bring pets along with you.  You and your pet will be able to do almost everything together.  In fact, your 4 legged friend is welcomed in places such as shops, restaurants and hotels.  Bringing them on public transport is also possible, as long as you keep them on a leash and have a muzzle with you just in case.

It is far easier to travel with pets than you may think and lovely not to have to leave them behind.

Have you ever travelled with a pet(s)?

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78 thoughts on “Holidaying In Europe with Your Pet”

  1. I might share this with my parents who always say they can’t go abroad because i work and the dogs wouldn’t like a shelter. I also hear Belgium is good for animals. My Dad recently visited for work and said they are in every shop x

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  2. I’m looking to move to move to Europe with my two mastiffs next year and I’m already dreading the process! Your post made me feel like although difficult, it’s doable.

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  3. Such an informative post. I didn’t realise it was actually relatively easily to take your pets away. We only have cats but I can see why dog owners wouldn’t want the separation from their pets whilst they holiday. X

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  4. When I lived in Germany many people had to go through the process of transporting their pets back. I had two terrapins which sadly I left behind as I wasn’t sure how it worked with them and it was a long drive plus they lived in water. I have never been on holiday out of the UK but my MIL looks after our dog when we are away x

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  5. This is so sweet! Such a great post. I know so many people who won’t travel because they don’t realize that they can bring their pet! 🙂

    Xo,

    Megan

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  6. We don’t have pets, so I didn’t know how you went about taking them on holiday abroad. I’ll have to remember in case our daughter finally persuades us to buy her a dog 😉

    Louise x

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  7. I will be honest I couldn’t think of anything worse than having to worry about taking a pet somewhere too as well as the kiddies at the moment, one day I might get a dog but not for now. My friend who has dogs could use this information though

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