Booking a Pet Friendly Holiday
Britain has a reputation for being a nation of animal lovers. So it may come as no surprise to find out that many Britons choose to holiday with their pets, both at home and abroad.
Holidaying with an animal can be easy or it can be incredibly difficult – it all depends on where you go and what kind of temperament your pet has. It also depends on what type of pet you have, as different creatures exhibit vastly different behaviours and requirements.
Deciding Whether to Take Your Pet on Holiday
If you’re trying to figure out whether or not you can bring your pet on holiday with you, the first thing you should do is figure out who this would benefit. Not all animals like to travel and some can become almost unbearable stressed when forced to do so. Some animals – such as hamsters or lizards – may not even notice if you went away for a couple of weeks, as long as you left them in capable hands during that time. Even cats, who can be just as sociable (if not more so) as dogs, have a tendency to not take well to enforced travel and unfamiliar environments. So before you decide whether or not to take your pet on holiday, make sure your decision to do so – or not – will be in their best interests.
Finding Pet Friendly Accommodation
When booking your pet friendly holiday you will need to take into account whether or not your accommodation will be suitable for an animal. There are many dog friendly holiday cottages & holidays to choose from within the UK and abroad, but not as many which would be suitable for exotic animals such as birds.
The best way to find out if your accommodation will accept animals is to speak to them directly. Give them all the details of your pet – its age, health and temperament – and make sure they know exactly when you’ll be coming and for how long. Some hotels allow pets during off seasons but not during the busy summer months, so make sure you check in advance before booking.
Travelling Abroad with a Pet
Going abroad with a pet requires some serious organisation and should never be undertaken lightly. The UK has a Pet Travel Scheme which allows dogs, cats and ferrets to enter and re-enter the UK from anywhere in the world, providing the criteria of the Scheme are met. If they are not, your pet could face a long spell in quarantine. For your pet’s benefit, make sure you’re acquainted with the scheme before you decide to travel.