Holidaying Safely with Your Pets

In today’s modern society, it has become increasingly more popular to take your pets on holiday with you because; lets face it, their part of the family! Until recently, many types of accommodation banned cats and dogs from staying in their facilities, but the niche in the market for pet friendly accommodation has been seized! Dog in tent

Simply type in ‘pet friendly accommodation’ and your Google will light up with hundreds of hits.

Many camp sites (aside from National Parks) now take properly restrained cats and/or dogs throughout Australia, although it is essential you contact the camping park to find out any conditions/requirements that they may have, and to also ensure the safety of the facility for your pets. Ensure you have properly flea and tick treated your animals before going camping or near the beach, to save yourself the vet bills associated with these problems!

Pet friendly houses are also a popular alternative, with many located minutes from the beach or parks. These houses are equipped with the proper safety measures such as gates and back yards to ensure your pets happiness!

Alternatively if your headed over-seas or somewhere not so dog friendly, kennels are always an option. It is imperative that you get in early however, as they book up very quickly in the holiday seasons! It is a good idea to book at least 6 months in advance before your holiday, to ensure the kennels will have a spot for your buddies.

There are also pet/house sitters in the Brisbane location, who are happy to accommodate your furry friends with safe and pet friendly houses.

If you are thinking of travelling with your family pets, or dropping them into a kennel/pet sitter, it is important you are travelling with your pets appropriately and legally. All dogs must either be safely seat-belted in by a harness or in a cage, to protect both them and you in case of an accident.

In Queensland, travelling with an unrestrained dog in a vehicle can breach both the Transport Operations Regulation (1999) and the Animal Care and Protection Act (2001), which can leave you with a whopping fine! If you don’t already have a car harness, make sure you talk to one of our friendly staff for some advice.

dog in car harnessDuring your drive, make sure you stop off to give your pets a break and time to walk around and stretch their legs.

Before you head off for a well deserved holiday, make sure your pet has the proper types of identification such as tags and micro-chipping! If your buddy goes wandering off, you will want to make sure they have the proper contact details to get your puppy home to you.

Remember to give your pet some time to adjust to their new environment, and give them plenty of attention to ensure they settle in okay!

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