International Pet Travel Country Questions

Pet Passport for International TravelTraveling internationally with a pet? Have questions about country requirements for entering with a pet?

  • Will my pet be quarantined?
  • What vaccinations does my pet need?
  • Will my pet need a passport?

Post your questions here and we will respond within 24 hours. You can also find information on international pet travel here: international pet travel

Airline Pet Policy Questions

airline pet policiesFlying with a pet?   Have questions regarding airline pet policy?

Need to know what type of carrier you will need?

What does your pet need to fly as cargo?

Will the airlines transfer your pet from one plane to another?

Post your questions here and we will respond within 24 hours. You can also find information here: airline pet policies.

The Best Dog Friendly Adventures in California

Dog Friendly California Destinations

With a fabulous collection of dog-friendly beaches, miles of beautiful hiking trails, and a wonderful array of dog-friendly restaurants, cafes and bars, California is one of the best places in the world to find adventure with your four-legged friend. Here are some of the best dog-friendly places to visit in California with your dog.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel simply loves dogs and will welcome them just as much as their two-legged visitors. For starters, take your pooch along the scenic path from Carmel River Beach to Carmel Beach for incredible views, and then head down to the beach itself. Carmel Beach allows dogs to play on the sand and frolic in the surf even when they are off-leash (as long as they are trained to respond well to voice commands)!

For more fun times, visit Carmel Plaza, Carmel River State Beach, Seventeen Mile Drive, Mission Trail Park, Carmel Walks and Garrapata State Park for numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure with your best friend. 

If you are not worn out, head to the Mission Trail Park, a 33-acre nature preserve with 5 miles of wonderful trails through pine and redwood trees to exercise your dog and soak up some nature along the way. Then head to Downtown Carmel, where shopkeepers offer dog biscuits, water bowls and even delicious gourmet doggie meals such as grilled chicken, biscuits, kibbles and steak. Many restaurants and cafes offer dogs and their owners both open-air and covered patios as well as a variety of indoor spaces to relax.

Done for the day? There are  many excellent dog friendly hotels and inns in Carmel, which will warmly welcome both you and your four-legged friend, even offering welcoming doggy packs! Just be sure you are aware of their pet policies and reserve a room for you both in advance.

Dog on beach in California

San Diego

This is another wonderful pet paradise in California full of dog-friendly adventures. San Diego’s weather is perfect for both people and their pets, and they have a fantastic collection of dog-friendly beaches (including the original dog beach!) and a plentiful supply of wide-open spaces.

San Diego also offers many excellent dog-friendly hotels, which even include pampering services. This city also offers all sorts of doggy-inspired events for your both to enjoy including the DogFest and Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise.

Sections of Del Mar Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado North to Mission Bay’s Fiesta Island are all  dog friendly, and there’s also a great selection of dog-friendly parks including Balboa Park’s two-dog parks. Have a super friendly dog? Make sure you head to one of the city’s summer events such as Imperial Beach’s Unleashed Surf Dog tournaments or the Hornblower cruise’s annual Pet Day on the Bay. Alternatively, just opt for some Doggie Yoga and Pup Paddle-boarding instead – yes really!

Lake Tahoe

The alpine paradise of Lake Tahoe is a scenic doggie heaven with lots of adventurous options for both dogs and their parents. Campers will find MacKerriecher State Park’s three campgrounds dog-friendly and ready, including Nevada Beach campground with a wonderful dog spot. You can even take your dog swimming at a dog-friendly beach like  Homewood’s Obexer General or hike in a lift at Squaw Valley’s aerial tram and Northstar’s lifts as long as your dog is leashed.

What dog-friendly adventure is complete without renting a raft like dozes of other summer  pet travelers and float  for miles down the Truckee River? You can also try out a dog-friendly canoe with spacious cockpits for a furry member and their parent at the Tahoe City Kayak. What fun for you both!

Summer estate outbuildings and homes are  plentiful too at the Tallac Historic Site where your dog is invited assuming it is leashed. [is this just for visiting or are there are pet friendly accommodations?]

Lake Tahoe has trails that span hundreds of miles and you and your dog will love exploring them as much as Tahoe City Lakeside Trail and Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

The area also has delightful treats for dogs in any of the diverse dog specialty stores, including spa treatment, dog toys among others.

Cannon Beach

Dog friendly adventure in Canon Beach

Cannon Beach will remind you of Carmel with its lush forest extended in a way that seems to meet the sea. You can hike local trails with your dog through tall trees as you observe your furry companion’s reaction to elk, deer, chipmunks and raccoon scents. Dogs are allowed at the beach without a leash, if well behaved.  Natural trails such as Elk Creek Nature Preserve is a special place to walk your furry pet. You can also enjoy the natural flora and fauna of Ecola State Park.

Local doggie stores in Cannon Beach offer both human and pet products as well as dog-friendly outdoor spaces and seating. Water bowls are abundant with most local hotels allowing pooches with hospitable pet services.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz offers both enjoyable pet outings and hearty dog-friendly adventures as well as dog-friendly resorts and restaurants, redwood hikes and pet-friendly beaches.

The county includes lots of picnic sections and campsites, natural hiking spots like the Big Basin Redwoods State Park or miles of paved surface along the North Escape Road. Others include an immense number of trails from the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to Byrne-Milliron Forest and Roaring Camp Railroads perfect for families and their furry companions.

If you fancy a picnic, then head for the Felton Covered Bridge Park and enjoy the San Lorenzo River together or enjoy the pet-friendly wineries and beaches in Santa Cruz where dogs are welcome.

Leashed dogs are allowed in downtown Santa Cruz while surfer points such as East Cliff Parkway is an enchanting point to watch surf duels and wave runners with your dog. Leashed dogs are also allowed in tide-pooling adventures, particularly around Live Oak’s Santa Maria Beach.

Newport Beach

Be sure not to miss Newport Beach, a unique pet-friendly place with dogs invited to so many places from high-end hotels such as the Island Hotel and Hyatt Regency Newport Beach to West Coast food and fashion locations like Fashion Island that are very friendly to well behaved pups and their companions,.

The open sea is always a delight for every dog walker and owner where Duffy boats are perfect for pooches and their parents who love their cocktail cruises just right. The water’s edge is a perfect place to wind down with your dog by watching the sunset and making evening runs along the way.

Mornings along Newport beaches are truly special, including hikes along El Moro Canyon or Back Bay with your pet. Be sure and check out beaches from Newport Beach Dog Park, Municipal Beach to Crystal Cove State Park. Doggy day care and shopping centers open for dogs including Fashion Island, Petco, Charlie & Me to Russo’s Pets are fun places to bring your best friend.

Groom your  dog at a dozen of places such as Paw Spa, Ace Pet to One Bark Avenue.

Newport Beach includes lots of pet friendly resorts and hotels that welcome dogs with great fanfare including treats and water bowls.

Half Moon Bay

Dog friendly Half Moon Bay

Like in most of dog-friendly California and nearby areas, beaches are all the rage in Half Moon Bay such as Half Moon Bay’s State Beach and Poplar Beach, perfect places for ball tossing and picnics. Right off Wavecrest Road is Half Moon Bay Dog Park, a community funded and supported park where furry friend meet-ups are aplenty. Enjoy scenic biking, running and leisure strolls with your leashed dog in the Coastal Trail.

Half Moon Bay includes dog-friendly hotels and motels, posh packages for pooches and tight budget options for those with dogs in local inns. Overall, Half Moon Bay is largely a dog-friendly area with top natural surroundings and commercial establishments with their doors open to both pooches and people.

So, no matter what you and your dog are up for, whether enjoying the outdoors or shopping in unique pet boutiques or sharing a spa experience, California will not disappoint. There are truly all sorts of dog-friendly adventures here.

Becky Moore is a semi nomadic traveller and owner of Global Grasshopper – an award winning blog. Here she writes about under the radar destinations and dog friendly travel. 

10 Mistakes to Avoid when Traveling with Your Dog

Traveling with a dog
Photo Courtesy of Joseph Ken

Traveling with a dog can be an enjoyable experience if you prepare properly. Having problems during your trip can ruin your vacation as well as end it abruptly. Here are ten essential tips to help you get the most out of your shared traveling experience.

Not booking your airline and pet friendly hotel well in advance

Booking in advance is essential when you are traveling with a pet, not just in terms of the accommodation you will use at the end of the journey, but in securing the best means of travel. Booking well in advance give you ample time to follow all the steps on this list, allowing you to select the most comfortable means of travel for your pet, and giving you the preparation time you need to avoid last-minute stresses. You should contact your airline or pet friendly hotel to make a reservation for your pet.

Not checking travel policies and procedures

Before you travel, it is essential that you consider all the policies and procedures that cover traveling with a pet. Whether it is by auto, airline, bus, train or boat, if you are using a public service, there will be strict pet regulations that you must adhere to. Read up on everything, and check if there is anything that you are unsure about. The last thing you want to happen is to arrive at the airport, for example, and find that your pet is not allowed to travel because of some oversight you made during your research on traveling with your pet.

Not ensuring you have the right documentation

Speaking of air travel, it is now essential that, when traveling internationally, pets should be transported with the correct pet health certification. Pet insurance is not mandatory to fly, but is highly recommended if it is available. Is your dog or cat microchipped? Many countries will require this. Almost all countries will require that your dog or cat be vaccinated for rabies. Does your pet have a pet passport? You didn’t know you needed one?! You see how things can happen. Simply ensure that you are up to speed with all the requirements, and don’t get caught unprepared.

Not training and socializing your pet

If you are traveling with a dog, it is highly recommended that you start to train them before you depart on your journey. If you are going on a long road trip, for example, and your dog never accompanies you in your car, that is not good preparation, so start to take your dog on shorter trips leading up to the event to get them used to the experience. Train your dog to behave during the trip by employing a rewards process in these practice runs too.

Likewise, if your dog is rarely or never in a public environment, but you are about to set off on a long bus or train journey, or take them on the subway, this foreign experience could provoke fear. Instead, take them to a nearby dog park or pet friendly restaurant. Get your animal accustomed to people bit by bit, and train them in all of the necessary manners you would expect of an animal traveling in a public space. Other people will thank you for it, and it could help immeasurably reduce your stress levels too.

Failing to keep your pet adequately fed and watered

This is common sense, but your animal may become agitated if they are not adequately cared for during the trip. Although you should reduce their food intake prior to travel, do not limit their access to water and plan for those necessary toilet breaks. Which leads us to…

Failing to pack properly

Your dog’s needs will involve plenty of pre-planning, so ensure that you pack for every eventuality. Your dog will need to take a toilet break, as will you during the journey, so ensure you have all the necessary equipment, including a sturdy leash, from a hygiene perspective (also making sure you conform to airline rules with regards to what you can and cannot bring with you). Pack treats, toys, towels and any necessary medication. It’s just like packing for yourself, just give it a different perspective.

Not adequately securing your dog during travel

Have you checked up on all the rule stipulating how your animal must be secured during travel? From crates to carriers to leads to harnesses, restraints and even seat belts, there are a number of regulations surrounding the transport of your animal, so don’t get caught running afoul of the law, which could lead to a hefty penalty and even separation from your animal, which can cause distress on both sides.

Choose the wrong time of day to travel

Avoid the heat of the day by traveling in the cooler mornings or evenings. If your pet is nocturnal, day travel might be better. Just think about what suits best in terms of their comfort and security.

Not updating tags / microchips / contact information

If your pet has a tag or microchip, now is the time to make sure everything is completely up to date. Names, cell phone numbers, email addresses and what to do in case of an emergency should all be detailed clearly so, if a separation should occur, you can be safely and quickly reunited with your beloved pet. Considering microchipping your pet as it is the best protection you can give your pet when traveling.

Failing to plan in case of emergencies

A bit like planning in the case where you and your pet getting separated, no one wants to think about emergency scenarios, but it is just good planning to make sure that you do give every scenario ample consideration. If you are flying, consider what the emergency procedures are in airports and what type of policies airlines themselves employ. If you are going on a long road trip, it’s a good idea to consider options for vets along the route, as well as your final destination. If your pet has medical requirements, make sure these are covered on your pet’s tag or microchip too so they can be adequately cared for in the interim. It probably won’t happen, but you’ll be grateful you prepared if it does.

Traveling with a dog is certainly worth all the effort. A few simple steps ahead of time will go a long way in ensuring a safe and happy trip for everyone.

Animal trainer and writer Joel Syder can be found at Originwritings and PhdKingdom. Assisting in the care and development of your pet is Joel’s passion, and you can also find his insights at AcademicBrits.

Pet Travel: 6 Ways to Deal with an Anxious Dog

Pet Travel Anxious Dog
How to deal with an anxious dog when traveling

Calming your dog’s anxiety can be nearly impossible when you don’t know how, and seeing them in a state of panic can leave you feeling anxious too. New experiences, environments, and the unknown can combine to create an uneasy situation for both you and your dog. Don’t despair! Following these 6 anxiety-relieving methods should equip you with everything you need to calm an anxious dog in no time!

Stay Cool

Have you ever come home excited and full of energy? Chances are that your dog was just as happy and excited as you were! That’s not because your dog got the e-mail about how you’d been promoted at work; it was because you were excited, it made them excited. Conversely, if you slumped open the door and groggily entered your home completely unenthusiastically, your dog would slowly but surely start to feel sad alongside you, attempting to comfort you and might even begin whimpering.

This same principle applies to anxiety as well. If you’re anxious – they’re anxious, and, if they’re afraid and confused and you react explosively, it only amplifies their fear. So, remember to maintain control of your emotions, even if you’re anxious, and your dog will likely mimic your composure.

Crate Training

There are so many benefits to crate training that it’s no wonder practically any dog trainer worth their salt recommends it. When a dog is feeling anxious, having a safe place for it to retreat and settle down is crucial. Try placing their crate in the corner of a room with a blanket wrapped around it to block out light. Put items in the crate that are familiar to them such as bedding, favorite chews or a “used” t-shirt of yours, the scent of which will comfort them.

Having their crate associated with safety and with the darkness blocking out any excess stimuli, it becomes the perfect place for an anxious dog to go. When traveling, especially in the car, bring the crate along! It will make the dog feel more at home, and help you have more control over your anxious dog.

travel with anxious dog
Keeping your dog calm when traveling

Don’t Reward Bad Behavior

We’ve probably all done it at some point. Your dog’s been barking for ten minutes straight at your neighbor moving the lawn, and you give them a treat so they’ll stop. Maybe they were scared, and you just leaned down to pet them. Sound familiar? While it may be convenient or comforting for us to have these quick fixes, it teaches our pet that their behavior isn’t just okay—but we approve of it, even reward it.

But just because you shouldn’t give them positive reinforcement doesn’t mean you should ignore them either. It’s especially important to have a handle on your dog’s behavior while traveling. Airports and new places can be overstimulating environments, and you can easily lose control of your animal if they have no discipline and do not respond to your commands.

Train Your Dog

There are quite a few resources for training your best pal, and spending at least 30 minutes a day training them is never a bad idea. The saying “old dogs can’t learn new tricks” isn’t exactly true – it would be more accurate to say, “old dogs rarely break old habits on their own.” Regardless of the age of your dog, you can always begin training. Hiring a trainer is never a bad idea, especially if you don’t have the time or energy to fully train your dog. That way, when they’re feeling anxious, you can regain control and have their undivided attention on you instead of the object of their anxiety.

Desensitize Them

If they’re anxious around other dogs—socialize them. Bring your dog to doggy playdates and slowly work up towards going to the dog park. Driving in cars are scary? Simple—take them on short one- or two-minute rides and reward them frequently with treats, slowly working up to longer drives.

The idea is this: find what provokes anxiety in your dog and slowly expose them to those situations until they realize there’s nothing to be afraid of. With travel, it can be hard to familiarize them to places like airports, but finding similar situations can work just fine. Taking them to a busy outdoor shopping center, or a place with lots of action will work just fine.

pet travel training for anxious dog
Keep your dog calm when traveling

Alternative Treatments

If you’re still having a difficult time calming your dog’s anxiety, consider seeing a vet and asking about other options, including Benadryl, CBD oils, all-natural pet calmers, and prescription anti-anxiety medication. Your vet may not recommend some of these treatments because of legal restrictions (namely, the FDA hasn’t approved some), but there is a growing pool of anecdotal evidence that natural remedies like CBD oils do the trick.

CBD has no known potential for overdose, but its effects in dogs aren’t thoroughly-researched yet. However, since CBD can’t get your dog (or anyone) high, and there have been zero documented cases of bad side effects, it doesn’t hurt to try it out! Test it at home before you travel with your dog to make sure you know the optimum dosage, because too much can make your dog sleepy, which is no good if it’s too big to carry through an airport!

Traveling with a pet is almost like traveling with a child: you need to keep an eye on them, they require extra luggage and planning, but they can make your trip a lot more worthwhile and memorable. If you follow these tips, you are sure to have a more relaxed and enjoyable trip.

Madison Adams is a beauty and lifestyle blogger who is just as focused on her next lavender latte as she is on writing. Using her psychology degree, she likes to draw on human insights to make her writing (and life) more impactful. When she’s not writing, Madison can be found being walked by her giant labradoodle, Grover. 

CR 82 Crate Requirements for Flying Pit Bull and Other Dog Breeds

Pit Bulls to fly in CR 82 pet crates
Courtesy of Joe Stoltz, Pixabay

Many dog breeds have enjoyed much popularity over the years for their extreme loyalty and also for their abilities to guard property as well as their owners and their families. Although breeds such as the German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Boxer, Cane Corso and Mastiff have risen and fallen slightly in popularity, these breeds are still included as popular dog breeds worldwide.

In recent years, Pit Bull Terrier breeds have become more popular. Actually, a Pit Bull is a term referring to several breeds, mainly the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. All of these breeds can be raised as great family dogs if they are properly trained and socialized; however, they are extremely strong and can cause a lot of damage if stressed.

After years of collecting statistics on dog aggression and incidents of dog bites, some dog breeds and their mixes have been classified as “dangerous” by many commercial airlines, and, as such, they are either banned from transport or must fly in a container that is stronger than commercial plastic crates commercial plastic crates.

In the effort to secure safe passage of these breeds, several airlines have imposed restrictions on the crates they can fly in and require what is known as a CR 82 crate. The specifications of this crate are defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It is a container that will ensure the safety of dog breeds known for their strength and also powerful jaw during air transport.

Due to international shipping costs, many pet owners need to have these types of crates custom made. Here are some of the specifications required by IATA for custom crates that are CR 82 compliant.

CR 82 pet crate specifications for dangerous dogs

Your dog’s crate must be measured properly, allowing your dog to stand up with head extended and turn around in the crate easily without touching the sides or top of the crate. Snub-nosed breeds such as Boxers will need generous sizing.

Your dog’s crate must be made from non-toxic materials such as untreated wood or metal that is suited for this use. The bottom of the crate must be waterproof and absorbent padding should be placed in the bottom of the crate. All sides must be made from solid wood or metal.

Food and water containers must be provided and either attached to the door or fixed inside the crate with access for refilling by airline staff.

Your dog’s crate must allow for easy handling with a minimum of 2 inch (5 cm) thick forklift spacers on the sides that allow for lifting, whether manual or forklift.

Your dog’s crate must have adequate ventilation on three sides (domestic flights) and 4 sides (international flights) which is not blocked in any way. The ventilation openings should be 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and cover the top third of the sides and the entire back of the crate, spaced 4 inches apart. Openings must not allow any part of your dog to protrude from the crate.

The door of the crate must be constructed of metal mesh and it must be escape-proof and include a lock that cannot be opened by your dog. No part of your dog should be able to protrude between the bars of the door. A sliding piece of wood or metal with larger (4 inch – 10 cm) and smaller ventilation holes (1 inch – 2.5 cm) that can raise and lower should cover the door.

The frame of the crate must be solid wood or metal and all parts must be bolted or screwed. Additional metal bracing must be added if the weight of the crate and your dog will exceed 132 pounds (60 kg).

There can be nothing protruding on the inside of the crate (nails, screws, etc.) which could cause injury to your pet.

The crate must be extremely sturdy and rigid. It must be able to withstand freight damage. All joints must be secure and gnaw-proof.

The crate must be able to fit in the cargo door of the aircraft that serves your route. It is extremely important that you contact your airline to confirm that your dog’s CR 82 crate can fit through the cargo door of the aircraft that serves your route.

Remember that these regulations are in place to secure the safety of your dog. Your dog’s temperament can change drastically when in the active and noisy environment of a cargo facility at the airport. The bottom line is keeping your dog from escaping its crate as that is when it is most vulnerable and subject to harm.

Click to see a crate that can be modified to be IATA CR 82 compliant with the addition of a door and brace.

You can also check your airline’s pet policies on dangerous dog breeds here.

You can also check your airline’s pet policies on dangerous dog breeds here.

Pet Travel: Driving Route 66 with a Larger Dog

Discover Route 66 with your dog

Americans spent over $72 billion on their pets in 2018. With figures like that, it’s no wonder more and more hotels, restaurants, and other services are opening their doors to furry guests. While air pet travel may be difficult due to restrictions for larger dogs, road trips with your bigger fur babies can be quite enjoyable. If you are looking to experience some of America’s most nostalgic locations with your dog, look no further than Route 66, where the journey truly is the destination.

Route 66 is over 2,400 miles, stretching from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, established in 1926 as one of the first roads in the U.S. Highway System. There are hundreds of historic buildings and sites along the route, many of which can be enjoyed with four-legged travel companions with a bit of forward planning, even the largest ones. Once you’ve decided where to begin and how far to go, a little research and the right gear will go a long way in creating an unforgettable vacation for you and your large-breed dogs (for all the right reasons).

Map Your Route

Before starting any road trip, you will have to map your route. Knowing your dog’s temperament is important when deciding how far you will be able to drive, in total and each day. You will also need to take into account yours and your dog’s physical abilities when planning your adventures, and in your decision as to what time of year you will take your trip. If you and your dog are up for hiking, all are welcome to hike the trails at Tuzigoot National Monument, an ancient pueblo built by the Sinagua people prior to 1400 CE. If a trail hike isn’t your speed, the incredible architecture along Route 66 can be enjoyed on a stroll through the towns connecting the road.

Research and Call Ahead for a Pet Friendly Hotel

Once you’ve planned where you will go, you can start researching pet-friendly hotels and restaurants along the way. Many accommodations will have websites that advertise being pet-friendly, but calling ahead to ensure your dog will be welcome, or inquiring if you don’t see a specific call out for pet-friendly service may result in surprising outcomes, making your trip all the better. This goes for monuments and parks, as well, and will ensure that you aren’t missing any great dog-friendly attractions, and that you have all the gear you need to enjoy everything.

Like many other tourist attractions, there will be some places along the historic route that are off limits to your pooch. Much of what there is to see, however, are historic buildings, included, but most definitely not limited to, gas stations from the 1930’s, office buildings, and Art Deco structures that can be viewed from the car or the street. If architecture and engineering interest you, there are no less than ten bridges along Route 66, each a structural feat in their own right, and each of these can be enjoyed from the car with the whole family, and some even on foot if your dog is leashed.

Be Prepared

Before you leave, make a checklist of what you’ll need for your trip. If you will be crossing state lines, you’ll want to be sure you have your dog’s veterinary records with vaccination dates. You will need to pack whatever your dog needs to be comfortable in the car, as well as in strange hotels along the way, whether that includes a bed or a special blanket, toys, etc. Regardless of which directions you’re headed, be sure to book a night at Wigwam Village #7 in San Bernardino, CA. Originally a hotel chain with seven locations between Chicago and Santa Monica, two locations have survived along the route, and #7 is pet friendly.

Many people shy away from traveling with larger dogs, but if you’re able to drive wherever you’re going, taking your dog may be easier than you think. Sure, it takes more planning and more gear, but getting to experience an adventure with your dog makes it all worthwhile. Before you go, review a list of Route 66 attractions and check websites or make some calls to find out whether your dog can join in on the fun. Much of the excitement of Route 66 is reliving the era in which the road was built, and luckily architecture can be enjoyed from the car or at a distance on a leash. If you are a planner, figuring out where you and your pup will be welcome is a cinch that will pay dividends in the end for both of you.

Jane Sandwood is a freelance writer and editor who has spent over a decade in the tourism industry.

Brexit – How will it affect pet travel between the United Kingdom and the European Union

English Bulldog and Brexit
Courtesy of Alian Audet, Pixabay

There is no arguing that Brexit will have a substantial effect on many aspects of British trade and relations with the European Union (EU). Since the inception of the EU in 1993, the United Kingdom (UK) has enjoyed a congenial relationship with the EU in terms of trade and commerce. This includes regulations for pet import and export which are currently set by EU legislation. This relationship will come to an end unless another extension is agreed to by the EU Commission and UK Parliament or the UK votes a change in Article 50 Brexit process to remain in the EU.

Currently, the UK has been granted an extension to exercise Article 50 until October 31, 2019. Until that time, as long Article 50 is not exercised sooner, current regulations regarding the import of live animals between the UK and the EU will preside. UK Pet Passports issued to UK-resident pets will be honored in the EU (and visa versa). Proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip is implanted and more than 21 days before travel is basically all that is required to enter the EU from the UK.

Things are going to change soon. As the largest animal welfare charity in the UK, the RSPCA, warns, a no-deal scenario (see option 3 below) will cause significant issues when it comes to pet travel.

Basically, one of three things can happen that will affect pet transport regulations between the UK and EU differently:

  1. The UK will reach a ratified deal with the EU which classifies them as a “Part 1 listed country.” If this is the case, the regulations will remain basically the same to import your pet to the EU from the UK. The UK Pet Passport will remain recognized as an authorized document in the EU. The bad news is that indications are not favorable for this option at the moment.
  2. The UK will reach a ratified deal with the EU which classifies them as a “Part 2 listed country” or “Third country” similar to other rabies-controlled countries outside of the EU like the United States or Canada. If this is the case, pets entering the EU from the UK will require, in addition to a microchip and rabies vaccination, an EU health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian in the UK and endorsed by a government veterinarian within 10 days of import. The form will be valid to enter any EU Member State for 4 months or until your pet’s rabies vaccination expires, whichever comes first*. This option is likely if a ratified deal is met.

    *Note that several EU Member States have additional tapeworm requirements. (UK, Ireland, Norway, Finland and Malta)
  3. The UK withdraws from the EU with no ratified deal. In this case, the UK becomes a “non-listed country.” This is definitely a worst-case scenario for pet owners because it will require that all dogs, cats and ferrets entering the EU from the UK will require a rabies titer test (FAVN) done no sooner than 30 days after microchip and rabies vaccination and no less than 3 months prior to entering the EU. If your pet is not currently chipped or vaccinated for rabies, it will take 4 months to prepare!

    One bright bit of good news for EU-resident pets wanting to visit the UK and return to the EU. If you get the FAVN test done before leaving the EU and have the results recorded in your pet’s EU Pet Passport, then the 3 month wait will not apply.

    Another bit if good news: the FAVN test is valid for the life of your pet as long as done according to EU regulations, the sample is processed in an EU-approved laboratory and rabies vaccinations do not expire before booster vaccinations are administered.

Regardless of which option occurs, the UK has indicated few changes to their import regulations. EU Pet Passports will still be honored in the UK. For pets entering the UK from outside of the EU, a UK health certificate will be required which, to date, has not yet been published.

It appears that most ferry and train travel between the UK and the EU will continue to be an approved method of entering the UK.

How Brexit will evolve is anyone’s guess. The only thing that is we know is that changes are coming and, as a responsible pet owner, you should be prepared for these changes, especially if your travel is after October, 2019.

Pet import regulations to enter the UK and over 200 countries worldwide can be found at www.pettravel.com.

Traveling with an Anxious Pet in the Car: How to Make Things Easier for Both of You

Pet dog in car

Dogs, cats, and all sorts of our furry friends can make great traveling companions, and, to be honest, it is always hard to leave them behind when you head off on a road trip. However, it’s not always smooth sailing (or driving) when traveling with a pet. Even the most laid back and well adjusted animals can find long-distance travel disturbing or uncomfortable, and if your pet is already prone to nerves or anxiety, their stress will only be exacerbated.

The last thing you want to do is make things worse for your pets, and the physical side effects of having an anxious animal in the car with you can make for a fairly unpleasant traveling atmosphere! Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do when planning a holiday to make life better for your pets, both short-term alleviation of things like motion sickness or travel anxiety, and for your animal’s long term mental health as well.

Read on for a few of the best ways to make traveling with your pet in the car easier for both of you!

Know what symptoms to look out for

Knowing the signs of distress in your pet can give you a huge head start in helping them get through it. Obvious things like crying or shaking are easy to spot, but there are a number of other symptoms and warning signs that can indicate anxiety or motion sickness.

If your pup or cat has a glazed-over look to their eyes, if they are licking themselves excessively, pacing, or constantly shaking themselves as if they were wet, then it’s likely that they are distressed in some way. Comforting them, speaking calmly and soothingly, and keeping them from looking out of the window can go a long way towards helping, particularly if you catch the signs early.

Keep the air conditioning on and the windows closed. A stable environment will make the changes around them less intimidating for your pet.

Get them traveling early

In the long run, getting your pets used to traveling from an early age, as part of their early training, is the best way to help you and them. Long-term conditioning will help ward off anxiety, and make traveling just another comfortable part of their lives! So travel early, and travel often.

Initially you’ll want to go slow, as the longer you can give young animals to adapt the better. Get them used to sitting in a parked car, then with the engine running, then on short trips and finally on a genuine night away from home. Bringing familiar objects, smells or toys with you to make a holiday feel more comfortable and normal is a great way to desensitize and condition your pet.

Choose the right holiday

If you know your pet is prone to anxiety, there are still ways you can make traveling more comfortable for them. It goes without saying that picking the right sort of vacation, and the right sort of transportation, is key. If you know they are happy in your car, but can’t handle the stress of air travel, go for a road trip!

You might need to research things like doggy daycare in a new city when you travel. If you’re cruising from Fort Lauderdale, for example, be sure to look up places your pet can stay while you’re off on your cruise adventure. You’ll rest assured knowing your pet is in safe hands while you set off on the high seas, and catch a bit of sun without exposing your furry friend to stressful airports, constant changes, or bumpy roads.

Pick the right accommodation

Finding somewhere to stay that doesn’t disturb your pets is another consideration. Picking pet-friendly hotels, or finding an Airbnb that can accommodate them without fuss or bother is well worth a little extra effort. If they are used to outside space, make sure your accommodation has a garden, or a park nearby. If they aren’t used to tower blocks or elevators, ensure you stay on the ground floor. A little research—and a little foresight—goes a long way.

Try aromatherapy

Aromatherapy and calming scents can have a huge impact on your pet, and it’s kind of a lovely thing for you too! If you accustom your pet to something like heavily diluted lavender oil, with its relaxing and soporific qualities, in the weeks leading up to your trip, things may go a lot smoother. Make sure your pet doesn’t digest lavender oil, however. Try rubbing the oil on your hands before feeding or playing with your cat or dog. They’ll associate the scent with good things, and when you pet them during your trip with lavender-scented fingers, that should do the trick!

Traveling with an anxious pet is always going to be tricky business, but there are a load of things that you can do to make it go more smoothly. Most of all, make sure you are always calm and relaxed – if you aren’t having a good time, what hope does your pet have? Enjoy yourself, and pamper your little buddy a little, and they’ll be an intrepid traveler in no time!

Andrea Barnhill is the Founder and Editor of Weekend Wander Club, a travel blog for young professionals. She loves sharing her tips on how to make the most out of only a few days out of office to explore the world.

 

Why are Rabies Vaccinations Important for Pet Travel?

Rabies vaccination for cat and dog

Rabies kills approximately 59,000 people every year and that’s why it is considered a major health concern worldwide. Of all the neglected tropical diseases, especially in under-developed countries, rabies ranks as one of the highest and it is a killer disease. 

While most rabies cases happen to mammals in the wild, bites from rabies-infected dogs are still the cause of most rabies death cases in humans. Other animals commonly held as pets that can contract rabies are cats and ferrets.

There is no cure for rabies once transmitted from an animal to a human, and, unless post-bite treatment is quickly administered, the death is slow and painful.

The good news is that rabies is 100% preventable through vaccination. Prevention is the keyword. Rabies vaccinations will not cure rabies; they will only protect your pets from getting rabies.

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to vaccinate your pets to ensure that they remain healthy and don’t pose a risk to others, humans and animals alike. When traveling with a pet to foreign countries, your pet can be exposed to new environments where rabies may or may not be controlled.

Here are 3 important things you need to know about rabies vaccinations for your pet when even if they are not traveling.

  1. Not all countries have rabies vaccination programs; however, in some places, it is the law.

There are still countries that do not have a sufficiently developed animal control and vaccination program. However, those that do have experienced a lesser number of human cases of rabies. In the United States, rabies vaccination for pets is required by law in most but not all states. It is then important for you to find out what the laws are for your State. You can ask your veterinarian for this information.

When traveling abroad, especially to a country that is considered a high-rabies country, then a rabies vaccination before your pet travels is essential.

There are several types of vaccines with corresponding schedules that are recommended for pets. The rabies vaccine is a core dog vaccine and also a core cat vaccine. For dogs, there are 1-year and 3-year vaccines available. Both of them can be administered as a single dose as early as 3 months of age. However, the 1-year vaccine requires annual boosters while the 3-year vaccine requires a second dose after one year plus boosters every 3 years. Note that not all countries will accept the 3 year rabies vaccine unless it was administered within 12 months of entry.

Cats, on the other hand, can receive 2 doses at 12 months apart, and as early as 8 weeks of age depending on the vaccine. Boosters may be required annually or every 3 years depending on regulations. If your cat is traveling; however, most countries will not recognize vaccinations that were administered before 3 months of age.

It is also important to know that it takes approximately 21-30 days for rabies antibodies to build up in your pet’s blood after receiving a rabies vaccination. After this time, they are protected from contracting the disease from a rabid animal. That is why every country (except Canada) will require a wait time after vaccination before traveling.

  • Rabies vaccination may be required for traveling pets.

Airlines and countries vary in terms of rules and requirements for traveling pets. Usually, they are required to have proper identification, such as a permanent ID affixed to their leather collars. Depending on where your destination, your pets might also need traveling documents as well as a health certificate that details vaccinations taken, including rabies.

When your veterinarian administers a rabies vaccination, they will give you a signed rabies certificate. When your pet travels from the United States, the rabies certificate should be valid for the entire duration of your trip. They also require that you wait 28 days before traveling if your dog just had his first rabies vaccination. This is to allow for the vaccine to take effect. However, if you have an adult dog or cat with a current rabies vaccination, there is no 28-day waiting period after a booster is administered. 

Vaccination doesn’t guarantee your pet will never get the disease because an animal’s immune responses to vaccines are influenced by different factors. For some, the vaccine may only minimize the side effects of the disease. There are also non-responders, who no matter how many vaccines they receive, never respond at all. Still, this doesn’t render vaccination any less important. In fact, it actually helps protect not just your pet from this dreadful disease, but others as well.

Originally from the U.S., Rana Tarakji is the founder of One SEO, author of Off-site SEO guide: A Hands-On SEO Tutorial For Beginners & Dummies, and a web content specialist who now lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Rana’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications in print and online, including Life Hacker, Upwork, Christian Today, Newswire, and many other outlets.

She’s also a popular speaker in universities and startup events, such as Startup Turkey, and the American University of Beirut.

10 Dog Friendly Places in Athens Georgia

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Enjoy good times with your pet in Athens


Athens, Georgia is located about 70 mi (113 km) northeast of downtown Atlanta and is the home of the University of Georgia. It is known for its beautiful antebellum architecture, but the coolest thing about this bustling town is its dog-friendly cafes, restaurants and trails. Offering a variety of animal-adapted amenities, these places will make your trip with your dog quite a memorable experience.

So, let’s take some of pet-friendly places for exploring in Athens.

Dog-friendly Parks and Trails

  1. Sandy Creek Park: Sandy Creek Park is a beautiful Park where you can enjoy outdoor recreation with your dog. The 782-acre park, which surrounds 260-acre Lake Chapman is a perfect place to spend fun-filled weekend with your furry friend. There are four fenced off-leash areas in Sandy Creek Park, where your dog can play to its heart’s content without any worries. In one standard park, the entry for dogs is free but in other three, the entry is by reservation only.
  2. North Oconee River Greenway: The North Oconee River Greenway is a linear park system, which is 3.5 miles long and 10 feet wide.  This paved multi-use path is open to all types of non-motorized uses. It runs from Sandy Creek Nature Center, following the North Oconee River south to Dudley Park. Canine buddies are allowed on the trails but they have to be kept on-leash. If you like to watch your pooch have fun off-leash, there is a designated dog park that allows friendships to form and legs to run off-leash.
  3. Dudley Park: Dudley Park is a 24-acre park, which is a tract of tranquil woods. It is nestled in the confluence of Trail Creek and the North Oconee River. All the trails are free to use for both humans and their pets; but dogs must be on-leash at all times.
  4. Southeast Clarke Park: There is a very nice dog park at Southeast Clarke Park where you can watch your dog happily run around. The dog parks can be accessed from the Whit Davis Parking Area or through an entry from the sidewalk adjacent to Whit Davis. The park provides engaging and sustainable environment to dogs, which they absolutely love.

Important Trail safety rules & etiquettes

Carry lots of water: Georgia has a warm climate so dehydration can easily occur. So, make sure to pack plenty of water for both you and your dog.

Put your dog on leash: Keeping your dog on a leash not just keeps your dog safe but also provides safety and assurance to other hikers and their dogs.

Plan ahead and start small: If your dog is new to the trail, start with shorter hikes so that he or she gets used to it. Gradually increase the trail length and difficulty as your dog becomes more trail savvy. Different breeds have different fitness levels, therefore choose the trail distances and conditions based on your dog’s breed.

Dog-friendly cafes and restaurants

  1. Mama’s Boy Restaurant: If you are looking for a restaurant in Athens where you can enjoy sweet and savory Southern breakfast and lunch pet foods with your dogs then Mama’s Boy Restaurant is the place to be. The restaurant offers dog-friendly outdoor seating and the staff is very nice to the dogs.
  2. Cali-n-Tito’s: Cali-n-Tito’s located at La Puerta Del Sol is one of the best pet-friendly places to visit in Athens, Georgia. It has four pet-friendly outdoor tables where you can enjoy great Cuban food with your canine companion. This is an eclectic, counter-service shack style place which is sure to make both you and your furry happy.
  3. De Palma: De Palma is an Italian café in Athens, GA that welcomes people with their pets. It has an outdoor seating area where you can savor some of the finest Italian dishes with your furry friend. The café requires you to contact them in advance if you wish to visit with your canine buddy so that there is ample space for you and your buddy.
  4. Big City Bread Café: It is a family run business in Athens, GA that serves locally served food and home baked items. It has a fabulous outdoor seating area where you can have great time with your furry friend. The dog friendly café also has dog bowls scattered around the courtyard for your pooch to have a drink while you eat. 
  5. Last Resort Grill: This is a critically acclaimed restaurant situated in downtown Athens. If you enjoy dining out with your canine friend, this quaint and elegant setting along with the sumptuous food is sure to win your heart. You can bring your canine friend and enjoy the outdoor seating at this place. Make sure to inform the restaurant in advance to avoid inconvenience.
  6. Terrapin Brewery Tours: Most of Athens’ local breweries allow you to visit them with your furies. You can let your pup run around at Terrapin Beer Co. while enjoying deliciously crafted brews. So, visit this amazingly beautiful place for freshly brewed beer, or just to spend some quiet and relaxing time with your furry friend.

Rules for dogs at cafes and restaurants

To have the best time with your pets at cafes and restaurants, here are some etiquette and rules you and your pet should follow:

  • Call ahead first
  • Keep your canine companion leashed at all times.
  • Don’t allow your dog to bark
  • Don’t allow them to beg
  • Make sure they doesn’t jump at others and disturb them
  • No sitting on chairs, tables or benches
  • No eating off the table
  • Do not allow your pet to enter the inside of the restaurant.
  • Make sure your pet is vaccinated and has an identification tag
  • Make sure to bring your own food dish and water bowl to feed your pet.
  • Get your pet to sit as close to the table base as possible to reduce the chances of anyone tripping over him.

There is no better feeling than to look at your dog’s face when they experience something exciting and new. So get outside, find pet friendly places to enjoy with your canine buddy and appreciate the many fields, trails, lakes and greats hotels and cafes that Athens has to offer!

You can find pet friendly hotels in Athens by clicking here.

Harsh Arora is a proud father of four rescued dogs and a leopard gecko. Besides being a full-time dog father, he is a freelance content writer/blogger and an educationist, with more than 6 years experience in the field of content writing.

RV Travel Tips for Pet Lovers

Being a “dog mom” or “cat dad” has many benefits, but it also comes with great responsibility – one of which is knowing how to safely and lovingly care for your pet when it’s time to travel.

While full of excitement and possibility, traveling can bring trepidation to pet owners. For starters, leaving your furry friends behind takes away from the joy of the getaway. And, your options for not bringing Fido along are bad and, well, bad. Either give a stranger access to your home on the hope that they will care for your pets in the same fashion that you do or find a “pet resort” (kennel) and essentially put your pets in jail for a week or two! You may have even considered flying with your pet, but it’s just too scary if they need to fly in the cargo hold.

Does that mean responsible pet lovers are supposed to refrain from traveling or simply leave our best friend at home? Absolutely not! Instead, imagine going on an adventure in an RV with your furry friends right by your side — happy without confinement or sedatives — just tails wagging enjoying what the open road holds.

Dog in RV drivers seat

Traveling by RV offers many benefits for not only you, but also your pet. Some hotels strictly prohibit pets or have non-refundable pet fees; however, depending on the size of the RV, you’ll have a bed for at least two plus plenty of space for your dog or cat to sleep comfortably. There are also plenty of windows for your furry friend to enjoy the views while you’re driving along the open road. Does your pet require a special diet or need refrigerated medicines? RVs have both a cook top and refrigerator to ensure you can travel peacefully knowing you’ll be able to easily accommodate your pet’s needs. You’ll even have the option to give your cherished companion a quick cleaning if a nature walk or bathroom break gets too dirty as most RVs are equipped with a shower, and sometimes a bathtub in the master suite.

You get the idea – an RV comes equipped as your home-away-from-home with all of the comforts you’re used to plus the added bonus of taking the amenities with you. If you’re considering a full commitment to the travel-warrior lifestyle through purchasing an RV, renting one first is a great way to test if RVing is the right form of travel for both you and your pet. Many companies, including Allstar Coaches, offer pet-friendly RVs you can rent for your next getaway.

Here are a few things to keep in mind before hitting the road in an RV with your pet in tow:

Location. Location. Location: First, consider your location. There are three main points to examine before traveling to your destination with your pet:

  1. Make sure the location is pet-friendly and accepts your dog’s breed (pit bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers can be restricted).
  2. Be aware of the area’s natural predators and poisonous plants that could harm your pet.
  3. Know the area’s climate. You can’t leave your pet unattended for extended periods of time inside or out, however, you do have the ability to control the indoor temperature in an RV.

Food & Water: Before you depart, you need to understand how your pet handles fast-moving vehicles. Just like humans, pets can get motion sickness. While traveling, make sure to keep pets on the same diet to avoid upset stomachs. Also feed them at the same time every day to maintain consistency. This should go without saying; but be sure to always give your pet plenty of water.

dog-with-collar

Collars & Leashes: No matter where you are going, keep your pet’s collar on them at all times and bring multiple leashes. Some state and national parks, as well as campgrounds, have specific leash guidelines that might require your pet to be leashed at all times. You also never know how your pet will respond in an unfamiliar environment, and by always having a collar and leash on your pet, you can relax knowing they will remain under your safe supervision.

Special Cat Consideration: If you’re traveling with a cat, make sure it is wearing a collar at all times and buy a special cat leash and harness. However, be extra cautious when taking Fluffy outdoors as she might get overwhelmed and run in an unfamiliar setting. If you’re not sure how your cat will react, it might be best to leave her inside the RV. Alternatively, you can purchase a cat hammock to stick to a window so your cat can lounge and enjoy the view of the birds without ever taking her outside.

Additionally, ensure your pet has identification tags on their harness or collar listing your cell phone number. (Home phone is no good when you are on the road, right?) You may also consider getting your pet microchipped so you can be quickly reunited if your pet goes missing. Don’t forget to register your information in your manufacturer’s database.

Documentation: Be sure to bring current records on your pet’s vaccinations, medical history, and registration as well as any medication they may be taking. Some campgrounds and parks may require this information before your stay.

In-Motion Safety: If you aren’t sure how your pet handles fast-moving vehicles, talk with your veterinarian about prescribing nausea or anxiety medication. You can also opt for an all-natural pet calmer. Use a crate or pet seat belt for active pets while the RV is moving. Even calm pets should be put in a safe place with blankets and padding. If at first your pet is showing signs of anxiety (pacing, drooling, panting), do not fret; it may take a few miles before they get comfortable in their new environment.

Noise: Abide by the park’s quiet hours to avoid noise violations and fines. For the most part, inappropriate noise stems from bored or nervous animals. Treats and toys add a sense of comfort and familiarity, creating a happy environment for your pet. If you do leave your pet unattended, play music while you are gone or tire them out with plenty of exercise beforehand.

Cleanliness & Sanitation: While you may have access to a bathroom 24/7 (another advantage of RV travel) that’s not the case for your pets. Let dogs go to the bathroom at least three to five times a day – consider it a nice stretch break. Always clean up and dispose of your pet’s waste properly. Parks and campgrounds require it and can potentially fine you for failing to comply, so bring waste disposal bags. For other pets, bring all the proper cleaning and sanitation supplies – you both have to live in there after all.

And lastly, remember half the fun of RV travel is the journey. And you’ll never have to leave your pet home alone during vacation, ever again.

Dog on RV trip looking at lake

The founder and CEO of Allstar Coaches, the largest luxury RV rental company in the U.S., Rob Tischler is committed to helping Americans experience the perfect road trip adventure

Not sure where to start? Here are some of our favorite RV Parks that welcome pets!

Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, Foley, AL

Riverside Campground and Cabin, Big Sur, CA

Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, CA

Springs at Borrego RV resort, Borrego Springs, CA

Garden of the Gods RV Resort, Colorado Springs, CO

Disney Camp Wilderness, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Bluewater Key, Key West, FL

Aztec RV Resort, Margate, FL

Beaver Dam Campground, Berwick, ME

Normandy Farms family Camping Resort, Foxboro, MA

Oak Grove Campground/Resort, Holland, MI

Polson Motorcoach and RV resort, Polson, MT

Solstice Motorcoach Resort, Mesqute, NV

Lake George RV Park, Lake George, NY

Four Paws Kingdom, Rutherforton, NC

Evergreen Park RV Resort, Dundee, OH

Gettysburg Campground, Gettysburg, PA

Twin Grove RV Resort & Cottages, Pine Grove, PA

Mill Creek Ranch resort, Mill Creek, TX