Pets

Dr Katrina Warren has 4 expert tips for travelling with pets

Create memories with the whole family (pet's included)!

By Holly Royce
Much-loved Australian vet, TV personality and pet travel expert, Dr Katrina Warren has travelled extensively with her dogs for work and relaxation.
"I find it more fun when I have them with me, and it is a great way to spend quality time
with them," she tells Now to Love.
"Having a dog with you great way to meet people and explore new outdoor areas."
Travelling with your pet can seem intimidating, but it could not be easier thanks to these tips from Dr Katrina Warren.
"Holidays are the perfect time to relax and create special holiday memories that include the four-legged family members too," she concluded.

What should I pack/bring when travelling with pets?

Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag with a contact number that works where you are staying. This is the quickest way to ensure you will be reunited with your pet if they get lost. Before you head off, make sure you also check that your pet’s microchip details are up to date with your current contact information.
Bring your dog’s regular food as you may not be able to buy it at your holiday destination and a sudden change of diet can cause tummy upsets.
Pack your dog’s own bedding for them to sleep on, so they have a familiar home comfort and you know it will be clean.
If you are travelling to a paralysis tick area, it is essential that you use a tick preventative and search your dog every day.

What sort of accommodation will my pet feel most comfortable in?

Your pet will feel most comfortable when they are with you and I recommend you bring a few home comforts like bed, toys and regular food.
These days many caravan parks are becoming pet-friendly, with camping, caravanning and cabin options to bring along your furry friend.
It’s a great way to explore your own backyard with the entire family in tow!

How can we make sure that travelling from A-B with our pet is as easy as possible?

When travelling in a car, you need to restrain your dog so they can’t be a distraction while you are driving.
Confine small dogs in a crate and make sure large dogs are harnessed or wearing a seat belt or sitting behind a barrier. This prevents them from becoming flying missiles, should you have an accident.
It’s also important to stop for regular toilet and water breaks. Make sure you always have your dog on a lead at these times as many dogs run away when they find themselves in a new environment.
Research in advance so you know where the dog-friendly parks and beaches are located at your destination.
Most National Parks do not allow dogs but some regional parks will permit a dog on a leash- the local council will be able to provide this information.

Do you have any safety tips for travelling with pets?

Your new environment may harbour fleas, so apply a flea preventative before you leave and apply as necessary on your travels.
If you are travelling to a coastal destination, phone ahead to the local vet at your destination and ask if paralysis ticks are prevalent in the area.
Paralysis ticks are deadly and you need to start preventative treatment prior to departing for your holiday and continue while on holiday.
Dr Katrina Warren will be at this year’s Melbourne Leisurefest(5th-8th October).
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