How to prepare a trip with a pet

Tourism is increasingly opening up to pets. Indeed, holidays are a privileged time to relax with family and with your four-legged friend. Before or during the trip, certain rules must be respected. Discover our tips for planning your trip.

Free circulation and vaccine

Are you planning to travel with your pet? You must find out about its free circulation, the necessary documents and the steps to follow. Its free circulation varies according to your destination. Some accommodations sometimes require a certificate of good health. To this end, make a prior visit to the veterinarian and update the vaccines. Note that the master must carry with him a European passport certifying rabies vaccination. It is exclusively provided by the veterinarian. In addition, legislation concerning the introduction of an animal into a territory differs from one country to another. Feel free to contact the embassy for more information on customs or other formalities.

Tourism and animals

In recent years, tourism has become more and more open to pet owners. For a fee, holiday rent-als, hotels and camping accept animals. These actors are aware that pets have become family members. Generally, the host institution and the various means of transport allow dogs (except those that are dangerous) and cats. Avoid walking your furry ball during the hottest hours of the day and give it a drink regularly.

• Transport precautions
Generally, access to beaches is subject to regulations by municipal by-law. Find them out in advance to avoid penalties. If the animal suffers from motion sickness during the journey, arrange treatment with the advice of the veterinarian. In addition, the master must obtain fare information or transport arrangements from the institutions for train, air or boat travels.

• Travelling by car
When travelling by car, place your dog or cat in the back of the vehicle. Set up a safety net if your pet is medium-sized. Also avoid heavy meals before departure. Instead, use a lightweight bowl. It is also better to take a break every two hours so he can do his business, but also quench its thirst.

• Travelling by train
To travel serenely by train, mention the presence of your pet when you buy your ticket. With the exception of guide dogs, your dog will have to pay for his place. As a precaution, your four-legged companion should be kept on a leash and muzzled. Make sure he does his business before leaving.

• Travelling by plane
Before boarding the plane, make sure that the airline accepts pets on board. If your furry ball weighs less than 4 to 6 kilos, it can travel with you in the cabin, but provide a suitable cage or bag. However, if it weighs more than 6 kilos, it will travel in a pressurized, ventilated and heated hold, designed for this purpose.