On Holiday With Your Dog: a Checklist

If your family holiday doesn’t feel complete without your dog, you may consider bringing your dog along with you.

If your dog is not a seasoned traveler, there are many things to take into consideration before packing his bags, from getting your dog accustomed to the car to making sure  your dog’s vaccinations and passport are up to date, to precautions to take in case your dog gets lost.

You will learn everything you need to know in the article below on how to enjoy a carefree holiday with your dog.

Should You Take Your Dog on Holiday?

The first thing you need to consider when taking your dog on holiday is whether or not your  dog is equipped to join you on your journey. You will need to assess whether or not coming on holiday with you will be beneficial to both you and your dog. Taking a dog on holiday can be a great memory; it can also, however, become a disaster if you (or your dog) are unprepared. Consider the following when thinking of bringing your dog on holiday:

Your Dog’s Health and Age: Is He Able to Make The Journey?

An older dog, or a dog in poor health may not be equipped to join you on holiday. If your dog is feeling the affects of old age, such as back or joint problems, he may not be able to handle riding in a car for long stretches of time, much less a plane. The same goes for a dog in poor health; if your dog is healing from surgery, is suffering from a disease or condition that may be worsened by travel and too much stimulus, it is best to leave your dog at home.

In addition, you should not bring any dog on holiday if it has a contagious condition, such as mites, tapeworms, ringworm, fleas, a virus, or heartworm. As much as you may want your dog with you, you must consider your dog’s condition before taking him along. Regardless of vaccination status, you cannot take dogs younger than four months on an airline.You will also need to check local laws to see if dog is legally allowed to travel over the border with you at all.

Behavior: Can Your Dog Handle Traveling?

Some dogs are naturally well-suited to traveling, and love to go with you on a road trip or even by plane. However, other dogs get carsick, or they have anxiety or other issues that make it difficult for them to travel.

What are you planning to do on holiday?

Consider the activities are planning. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in museums, think about whether or not your dog will be uncomfortable or bored. If you are planning on camping and visiting a beach, these are much more dog friendly activities.

Which country you are travelling?

Take into account where you are travelling. If it’s too hot or too cold, or if the local culture isn’t very dog friendly, it might be best to leave your dog at home.

Taking Your Dog on Holiday: How to Prepare

If you’ve decided you and your dog are up for the challenge of traveling together, there are several ways you can prepare for the journey.

Take Your Dog on a Trial Run

Especially if you are driving, you should take your dog on a trial run. Make sure they are used to and comfortable with their crate. If you are driving in a car, take them for some drives to see if they get carsick; you may need to get some medication for nausea before your big trip.

If your dog has not travelled yet, first try a weekend away and see how it goes.

Do Your Research

Going on holiday with your dog requires a lot of preparation. Here is a checklist of things you should have done before traveling with your pet. You may need to add things that pertain to your specific situation.


  • Go to the vet – make an appointment with your local veterinarian well in advance of your trip. You will want to make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations (especially rabies!)and depending on the country you are going to, you may need to treat your dog for tapeworms between 24 and 120 hours before your departure