A stress free guide to taking your pet on holiday in the UK

For many people, a holiday simply isn’t complete without their pet but thankfully, pet friendly accommodation and venues are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. However, while you may find your UK holiday is more enjoyable with your pet by your side, it is essential that you do everything in your power to keep stress levels to a minimum for your furry friend. Here are a few things to consider when taking your pet on holiday in the UK with you.

Do your Research

There are many pet friendly hotels and attractions in the UK and the first step to ensuring that you choose the right one for you and your pet is to do some research online. You can use the web to find the hotel and venues online that offers the best pet friendly facilities at the best price from the comfort of your own home. You may think that many places simply wont cater for your pet, but they do. A recent survey undertaken by CompareStonehengeTours.com found that 23% of visitors mistakenly think pets are not allowed in venues when in fact they are – albeit with rules applied.

Choose a Suitable Method of Travel

Once you have chosen a hotel or venue, it is time to make suitable travel arrangements. There are a number of options including a plane, a train, a ferry or you could go by car depending on your particular destination. No option is completely hassle free but if you plan to travel by ferry or plane, the arrangements will be more complex. Call the airline or the ferry company and inform them that you are travelling with a pet and take any information they provide you into account.

Be Prepared

However you plan to get to your destination, preparation is it key. Plan exactly what you will need a few days before you depart and research the area to plan an itinerary for your stay. Take all of the essentials such as a pet bed, food, water bowls and a lead. If you have never taken your pet on holiday, it is wise to pack things that will help your pet settle in. Toys and a blanket can make an unfamiliar place less daunting for your pet and will provide comfort if you ever leave them alone during your stay. It is important to remember that while your hotel is a pet friendly zone, there are many places such as local pubs and beaches that are not.

Don’t Forget ID

You wouldn’t travel without ID and it’s the same for your pet. Before you set off, make sure that your pet has an ID tag in the event that he or she should run off while you are in an unfamiliar city. If your dog is travelling in a cage, make sure that tags are attached to this also just to be on the safe side. While it is unlikely that you will become separated from your pet, it is wise to take prepare for any event.