Travelling with Pets - Top Ten Tips

1. Chat with your vet

If only one person knows your dog better than you, it is your vet. Have a chat with your vet about your travel plans, where you are going, how you are travelling and your holiday plans. Your vet will be able to advise you on any health checks or vaccinations your pet needs for travel and help arrange your animal health certificate (AHC).

2. Tell us what breed your dog is

When you book your dog-friendly holiday with us, we need to know what breed your dog is. This is because different countries and parcs have different rules about what is classed as a ‘dangerous dog’.

You might not think your dog could be considered dangerous, but we need to ask so we can advise you about whether this type of holiday is suitable for you. We’ll also be able to tell you about on any additional rules to make sure you, your dog, and other guests have a safe and happy holiday with us.

3. Travelling in hot weather

Never leave your pet in a car in hot weather or direct sunlight. The temperature in the car can rise to double the temperature outside, which can cause heatstroke in dogs. This can be fatal, so avoid travelling in hot weather where possible.

To help keep your pet cool, calm and comfortable in the car, open windows for ventilation, provide water throughout the journey, and take regular breaks. A damp towel or cooling mat for them to lie on can also help.

4. Campsite etiquette

Campsites are renowned for being "dog-friendly" environments. But to ensure the comfort and safety of all guests, we ask all dog owners to follow some rules

  • Please keep dogs on a lead
  • Please try to keep noise to a minimum
  • Please clean up after your dogs

If you’re able to follow the rules – great! We can’t wait to welcome you and your pooch to one of our dog friendly parcs. If not, it may be best to arrange boarding kennels or dog sitting rather than bringing them with you.

5. Check the microchip is recorded properly

Make sure your dog's microchip number has been correctly recorded on all of its documents. Ask the vet to read your dog's microchip number before you take your dog abroad and every time you visit the surgery.

6. Update microchip database before travelling

Before travelling, update the details on the microchip with where you are staying on holiday. If your dog goes missing while you are away, they can be reunited with you sooner if the microchip shows where you’re staying.

7. Booster vaccinations on time

Your pet needs to have an up-to-date rabies vaccination to travel abroad. Contact your vet at least a month before you travel to check when your dog’s vaccinations are due - your pet can’t travel for 21 days after receiving a rabies vaccine.

8. Tapeworm treatment

Before you return to the UK, your pet needs to have a tapeworm treatment. This treatment needs to be given between 24 hours and 5 days before your return trip, so contact an overseas vet in advance to arrange it. 

The names, addresses and telephone numbers of veterinary offices close to our campsites can be found online.  If you need help finding a vet or arranging the appointment, our on-site couriers will be able to help.

9. Ensure the vet checks, identifies & records the treatment

Before you leave the vet's surgery, make sure that the documentation has been fully and correctly completed. In particular, make sure that the date of treatment and the time of treatment (using the 24 hour clock) have been correctly filled in. The vet must also note the products used to treat your dog.

10. Travelling to the UK

To avoid quarantine, make sure your dog enters the UK via an approved route. This includes most ferry crossings and the Eurotunnel, so you’ve got plenty of pet-friendly travel options to choose from.

If you’d like to book a package holiday with us, we’ll only arrange pet travel via one of these approved routes. If you decide to book your own travel, check the cost and all the procedures of travelling with your dog to the UK with your preferred transport company before you book.