Where to go with your dog or cat when you go on holiday? Many prefer to take their pet with them. However, owners should inquire about the rules in good time.
It's holiday season, and some people want to take their cat or dog with them on holiday. Why not? Especially the holiday with the dog is popular. Not only numerous hotels or guesthouses are prepared for the four-legged friends, but also many campsites. But owners must take a few important precautions before traveling with the animal in good time.
Many would like to have their dog with them on holiday. © ingimage/Imago
1. Rabies vaccination and pet passport are required
If you are travelling with your dog or cat within the EU as well as Norway and Northern Ireland, you need an EU pet passport. This is pointed out by the European Consumer Centre, as the German Press Agency (dpa) writes. A valid rabies vaccination must be noted on the passport, as well as the microchip or tattoo number of the animal. It is important that the rabies vaccination must be at least 21 days ago, as BR24 describes on the subject.
2. Going on holiday with animals: special regulations depending on the country
In addition, according to the dpa report, it may be that other regulations apply in a country: For example, depending on the EU member state, the dog breeds classified as dangerous that may not be taken may not be taken vary depending on the EU member state. Some countries also have stricter requirements regarding tapeworm treatment. In any case, pet owners should inform themselves in good time about the applicable regulations, which can be found on the website of the embassy of the respective destination country. Meeting the deadlines is important. "With a lack of vaccination protection, a dog can be transported back, for example, at the expense of the pet owner, or it has to be vaccinated on site for a fee and is quarantined," writes dpa on the possible consequences that could otherwise threaten pet owners. More tips for a holiday with your dog.
3. Travelling with a dog or cat: What applies to airlines, train and bus companies?
If you have to travel at least short distances by ferry, train or even plane, there are other questions to be clarified. According to the BR24 report, Karolina Wojtal of the European Consumer Centre explained that there is no EU-wide regulation that standardises travelling: "Animals are not allowed to be taken with many transport companies without registration. Unfortunately, many masters and mistresses still assume this." Rather, the options are given by the airlines, train and bus companies and are often based on goodwill, it goes on to say on BR.de.
Each airline has its own regulations that you should inquire about before booking. In addition, there are other important things to consider when flying with a dog. Even on the train or on the bus, special rules sometimes apply in the destination country, as dpa writes in the article, "for example, a transport box or a muzzle may be mandatory".
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You should avoid long journeys anyway if you are planning a holiday with your four-legged friend. And also take a lot of breaks when traveling by car and, of course, provide enough drink, food and exercise for the animals. Is the safety of the dog guaranteed when driving or transporting? You should also clarify this question beforehand. If you find a nice destination for a holiday with your four-legged friend nearby, where the animal is welcome and has plenty of space to play and romp, you are doing yourself and the animal a favour and a relaxing holiday can begin.