Do you have a trip planned and want your four-legged friend to join you? There’s a series of requirements to travel with the dog that you have to live up to. Whether you’re driving or flying, to the next town or across the pond. In this post we show you what papers you must have in order and the steps to follow to travel with your dog.
Your pet, just like ourselves, needs to have its own papers in order when it comes to travel. The basic documentation that can be required anywhere is:
Updated health booklet
It must be official and stamped by a registered veterinarian. This card shows all the vaccinations your dog has received. They will pay special attention to the rabies vaccine. Remember that you will have to vaccinate him against rabies with at least 21 days in advance.
Passport for pets
This document contains your dog’s details. Like our passport, it is unique and non-transferable and totally necessary to leave the country. The dog will not be able to get this document until getting three months old. This means that until then he will not be able to leave the country.
Certificate of good health
One or two weeks before departure You should go to your vet and ask them to issue this certificate, which states that your dog is in good health and has nothing that could endanger the inhabitants of the destination.
Since 2005, the microchip is mandatory for dogs cats and ferrets.
Antiparasitic drugs against tapeworm
Most countries require the intake of the antiparasitic tapeworm at most three days before the trip. The antiparasitic drug must be sealed by the veterinarian, determining the date and time of the intake.
Dog travelling by car
Travelling with the dog by car is not as easy as telling him to just stay still. Dogs usually get restless when they’ve been in the car for a while, and this can cause distractions for the driver. As we could not control it in any other way, traffic regulations oblige us to carry them in the car so that they cannot fall, move or compromise the stability of the car. For this purpose, we can choose between wearing it in a carrier or cage. Attach it with a belt strap or install nets or bars to separate the driver’s seat from the rear..
Remember to rest every two hours and give her a walk to ventilate and de-stress. Never leave it alone in the car, especially in summer, because the dog could suffer heat stroke..
If you see your dog salivate too much. It’s one of the symptoms they show when they feel queasy. Ask your vet for products to prevent dizziness. These products usually make them a little numb, which will also make the journey easier.
If you are leaving your country, you will need to find out about the requirements for travelling with your dog by car in each country you visit, as they may be different.
Requirements to travel with your dog by train
In different countries different rules, which can be summarized in the following points:
- Pets are welcome as long as they are comply with hygiene, health and safety regulations. Bring your valid documents and do not disturb other passengers.
- Guide dogs and dogs of trainers and socializing agents will travel gratis provided they are properly identified.
- It is admitted only one dog per person and will travel with a muzzle, at the feet of his owner.
- In medium and long distance services, only dogs will be admitted less than 10 kg weight that travel inside your carrier, whose measures must be 60x35x35 cm.
- The price of the dog’s ticket usually is 25 % of the price of the passenger’s economy class ticket.
Requirements for travelling with your dog by plane
Each company has its own rules regarding travel with pets, but they all tend to agree on the following:
- The dog will be able to travel with you if it does not exceed 6 kg and go in your statutory carrier.
- If the dog weighs more than 6 kg, it will have to go in the cargo compartment. If this is the case, the carrier must comply with the company’s measurement and sealing requirements, so you will have to buy it in a specialized store or request it from the same company.
- The price of your dog’s ticket will vary according to your weight and the weight of the carrier together as it counts as excess hand luggage.
Dogs in your carrier
It is important that you spend some time choosing the right carrier for your dog. First, it should be sized to match your pet’s size and have plenty of ventilation. If your dog is travelling in the cargo area, it can become overwhelmed, so good ventilation is essential. The floor of the carrier should be prepared for urine and faeces, both on short and long journeys. Check with your vet if you can give your dog some medicine to keep him from getting dizzy and relaxing, especially if your dog is very nervous. A trip can cause a lot of stress, as it’s many hours locked up in a very small space.
Requirements to travel with your dog by boat
Just like on a plane, each company has its own regulations. Normally, boats have a pet-friendly area with individual kennels. The owners will be able to visit them and give them a tour of the boat, always with leash and muzzle and in transport in the case of the smallest ones. In the case of guide dogs, they may accompany their owners at all times, always with their leash and muzzle on.
Of course, all of the above documentation will be required.
It is necessary that you plan your trip in advance. This is especially true if you are going to travel abroad, as each country has its own regulations. Some countries even prohibit the entry of certain breeds. That’s why, prior consultation with companies you’re going to travel in case of train, plane or boat, find out more about the regulations at the place of destination and ask your vet what is best for your dog to have the best time possible.