With the May Half-Term almost here and many pet parents now choosing to whisk their beloved dog away with them on a UK break, raw and natural pet food manufacturer Natures Menu offers its top tips on how to ensure your dog is kept safe and happy whilst away from home:
Everyone has fond memories of a family road trip from some point in their childhood, however, they’re not quite as popular amongst our pets. To make sure their journey is as safe and comfortable as possible; keep your dog suitably restrained in the car, don’t let them hang their head out of the window (even though many are desperate for the scent buffet!) as this can result in foreign objects such as leaves, rocks and insects causing inflammation and damage to eyes, nose and ears.
Also, fit sunshades, keep them hydrated and take regular stops for a bit of exercise whenever it is safe to do so.
Meals on Wheels
To save on boot space and ensure that there’s enough room for all your holiday essentials, why not plan ahead and get your dog food delivered straight to your hotel or cottage? Natures Menu has its own fleet of freezer vans delivering throughout the UK, so you can ensure your dog receives their favourite natural food upon arrival at your destination.
When packing the essentials for your holiday, don’t forget to make a checklist for your dog! To help your pet feel at ease whilst on holiday and travelling, they’ll need a comfortable place to sleep, their favourite toy and, most importantly, a travel bowl for fresh water.
Do Your Homework
Assuming all holiday parks and hotels have dog-friendly facilities is an easy mistake to make, however this isn’t always the case! Before you embark on your summer staycation make sure you read up on your chosen accommodation’s pet policy to avoid disappointment.
Even though you’re on holiday, your dog still needs to stick to their normal routine of going on a daily walk. Whilst out and about in the new area, make sure you keep an eye out for poisonous plants that are surprisingly harmful to dogs, including wisteria and tulip bulbs. Keep a handful of treats on hand to lure your dog away from chewing on any plants on your route.
Fit to Travel
Most importantly, complete a quick health check for your dog before travelling, ensuring that they’re up to date with all injections and wormed, as well as prevented from attracting fleas and ticks in the process. If you do have any reservations surrounding taking your dog on holiday, seek professional advice from your pet before departure.
Melanie Sainsbury, Veterinary Education Manager for Natures Menu, says, “Dogs are very much a part of the family which means that more people than ever are looking to take their beloved pooch on holiday with them this May Half-Term. We want to make sure that our four-legged friends remain safe and have as much fun as the humans on holiday by encouraging pet parents to follow our tips on what to do and what to avoid during the holiday season.”