International Pet Travel Country Questions

International Pet 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 Policy QuestionsFlying 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.

Keeping Your Pets Safe at Christmas

Cat looking at Christmas Lights
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Christmas is a beautiful time of year filled with lights, decorations, music parties and meals spent with friends and family. It is a time of distraction with lots to do and not as much time to relax and keep an eye on what everyone is up to.

Christmas is also a time of wonderment for your dog or cat with new things to explore that they do not normally see in their day-to-day lives. Glittery things, things that light up and blink, new smells from holiday candles and, of course, all of the goodies in the kitchen that go along with the holiday will appeal to their senses and encourage them to investigate and see how these things fit in their world and, of course, whether they are good to eat!

Keeping pets safe from Christmas decorations

Many of our typical holiday decorations can cause havoc on our dogs or cats’ digestive system if ingested, and many of them can cause serious illness to your pet and should be put in safe places away from curious minds.

Tinsel – can you imaging what this will do to a cat’s stomach and intestine if eaten? Eating or even licking tinsel can lead to a very unpleasant stomach.

Snow globes – many imported snow globes contain antifreeze which can cause kidney failure and even death. If you have them, put them where they cannot wind up broken on the floor.

Lights and Batteries – those beautiful fairy lights you use for decorating garlands and other decorations can be harmful to a cat or dog who decides they need to be chewed so as to understand how they work. Keep these out of reach of inquisitive minds.

Poinsettias, Mistletoe and Ivy – the leaves from poinsettias can cause your dog stomach upset and/or diarrhea if eaten in large quantity. Berries from mistletoe contain polysaccharides, alkaloids, and lectins. When eaten, mistletoe can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Eating ivy will cause the same symptoms. Certainly, this will go a long way in ruining Christmas.

Candles – light these only when you are in the room as they can be easily knocked over and cause a fire hazard. Keep these out of reach from larger dogs who tend to eat everything they come in contact with. Some Labs and Golden Retrievers are famous for this.

Salt and Dough Ornaments – although ornaments made from salt dough don’t smell particularly appealing to us, your dog or cat may think differently. Salt toxicosis can result from eating these ornaments, so hand them high on the tree.

Salt poisoning in dogs and cats can result in vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, lethargy, excessive thirst or urination and coordination issues. In severe cases, tremors, seizures, coma, and even death are possible. No salt for your furry friend, ever.

Wrapping Paper – clean up bits and pieces of ribbon and wrapping paper that hit the deck when you wrap gifts. If it looks pretty, it must taste good, right?

Keeping your pets safe from Christmas foods

Dog-with-Christmas-cookie

Making cookies and other Christmas goodies is part of a traditional holiday for many pet owners and, the smells that you create in the kitchen are simply irresistible to our furry friends. You can bet they will be waiting to taste your creations.

Here are foods that you need to keep away from your dog and cat to keep them safe at Christmas and here are the reasons why.

Artificial Sweeteners – many bakers cutting back on sugar will find or create recipes for Christmas cakes and cookies that use artificial sweeteners. These contain Xylitol which, even small amounts, can cause low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs. There are many recipes on the Internet for cookies that are safe for dogs at Christmas.

Chocolate – theo bromide, which is contained in chocolate, can cause muscle tremors, seizures, an irregular heartbeat, internal bleeding or a heart attack.

Grapes and Raisins – keep both of these far away from your dog and cat. Eating these can cause acute kidney failure and even death.

Garlic, Chives and Onions – garlic is a no-no as it is from the allium family and is poisonous to dogs and cats. Onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which is also toxic to cats and dogs. It can cause red blood cells in your dog or cat to burst. That certainly gets our attention, right?

Macadamia Nuts – these little jewels are so good and many pet owners splurge on them for the holidays. No slipping one to your dog or cat. Eating macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hypothermia in dogs.

Blue Cheese (such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Stilton, etc.) – aside from being high in fat and salt, blue cheese contains roque fortine, a mycotoxin that is naturally produced by various fungi. Why would we want to add mold to our pet’s diet?

Other tips for keeping your pets safe at Christmas

Make the rules clear to your guests: no feeding your pets anything except treats that you have made available for them. Bag up special treats for them before everyone arrives. Guests will love to give your pet a special treat, and it is great way to introduce them to your cat or dog. Whether a small piece of plain cheese, dog or cat treat, carrot or biscuit that you have broken up, it is better than your guests slipping them what they think will make your pet happy.

Christmas libations for your pets are out. Gather up any glasses left unattended and watch out for those punch bowls Alcohol can be deadly for a dog or cat.

Salty, spicy and fatty foods should stay on your plate. They are too rich for your dog or cat’s digestive system and who wants to clean that up in front of your guests while dressed in holiday garb?

Close garbage cans securely. Scavengers work fast and cleaning up garbage spilled all over your kitchen floor is no fun.

Make sure that your pet has a safe place to retreat to if things get overwhelming. Consider confining them if they are not properly trained to behave, hyper, aggressive, territorial or just plain shy around groups of people.

Exercise your pet before the gathering arrives, if possible. A tired dog will be more likely to be less active during the merriment.

Some simple adjustments can go a long way when keeping your pets safe at Christmas. No one wants to rush their best friend to an emergency hospital during the holidays or any other time for that matter.

What You Must Do Before Traveling With a Pet

Traveling with Dog and CatTraveling with a pet can be daunting, especially the first time you both leave home. Whether you are driving or flying, travel can be either stressful or it can be fun and exciting. Wouldn’t it be nice if your pet understood what was going on and did not shadow you looking unsure and anxious as soon as you pull out your suitcase?

Preparing your cat or dog for traveling is one of the most important things you can do to help them get through it. As for you, your worries about their welfare should subside a bit knowing that you have properly prepared them for the experience.

Getting good equipment like pet carriers for smaller pets and pet crates for larger pets to keep them safe is so important. Safety comes first and a carrier or crate that falls apart means your pet can escape which is never good.

The focus here will be how to mentally prepare your pet for traveling, whether by car or air. This preparation is crucial to lessen the stress that your pet may feel on travel day.

There are two major reasons why your dog or cat may be anxious when traveling. First, you are removing them from their known environment in which they have explored and feel comfortable. Second, and especially when flying, they will be separated from you during this time and cannot draw support from your presence. There are ways that you can address both of these fears before hitting the road, but it will take some time.

How do pets learn?

How do dogs and cats learn

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Let’s take a brief moment to look at how dogs and cats learn. The first way is through social cues such as smells, body language and verbal commands. This form of learning is useful to help your pet make day-to-day decisions about things they encounter; however, this information comes to them primarily from their surroundings and not so much learned from humans. And, in most animals, scents and smells will trump verbal commands. This is because scent is an extremely important part of learning to your dog or cat. More on that later.

The second form of learning is referred to as conditioning. This type of learning is imposed on your pet from humans and is used a lot in behavioral training. Conditioning is a crucial tool that can be used to lessen stress for your pet when traveling, and it will result in  building experiences well ahead of travel.

How can you use this technique of conditioning to prepare your pet for traveling? Simply put, when you take the steps to introduce your pet to its crate or carrier and to being removed from its environment (and maybe you), you create experiences for your dog or cat to remember. That is why dogs and cats who have traveled previously are better travelers; because they have the prior experience to draw upon. And they know that, in the end, they will be happily reunited with you because you will practice doing that over and over again.

The time and steps it takes to complete the process depends on your pet, its personality and its willingness or interest to learn. If you are lucky enough to skip a step, that is awesome. If you are not lucky, you may have to back up a step and try again. Either way, set aside time each day to work on conditioning your dog or cat to travel.  Patience is paramount here. Stay strong, positive and consistent. The payoff will be worth the effort.

Get good equipment

cat traveling in crateStart by getting your equipment early. If you have a small dog or cat, it may be able to travel in a pet carrier. If your pet is larger or your airline requires it, your pet will travel in a pet crate. Either way, it is important to introduce this new home to them as early as possible. Making a last-minute decision to travel with a pet is not a good idea unless your dog or cat is a seasoned traveler.

First Experience: introducing the new home

Once you have received your carrier or crate, put it in a place where it is easily accessible and as close to where you and your pet spend your day as possible. Take time to introduce the crate or carrier. Keep all access available; zippers open and flaps up and only use the bottom half of the crate.

Put a pet pad, favorite toys and a treat or two inside the crate. Also, include a “used” t-shirt or towel of yours so that your pet will smell your scent when in the carrier or crate. (hence the reference in the paragraph about social cues above). Personalize the crate or carrier to them and make it their second home – their safe place.

Spend time each day encouraging your pet to venture inside the carrier or crate. Feed them there if room permits. Encourage them to sleep in their carrier or crate by putting their bedding in it if room allows. Remember that conditioning your dog or cat for traveling involves rewarding them for good behavior, so treats and attention at every step of the way are crucial for success.

Don’t get discouraged if your pet is slow to take to its new home. Remember that your pet  learns also from your body language. Stay upbeat and try various methods to encourage them to stay inside the crate. (new toys, catnip, etc.)

When some level of comfort is achieved, then put the top half of the crate and the door on, but leave the door open. Note if their willingness changes. More time and attention may be needed at this point.

Second Experience: closing doors

Once your dog or cat is comfortable in the carrier or crate, close it while your pet is in it; however, stay with them and offer verbal encouragement. This step should be performed multiple times for longer periods. Should your pet object when the door is closed, keep it open for a while before closing it.

Third Experience: home alone

Next, move them to a place where they cannot see you. Again, do this for short periods at first, then longer periods and always, when returning, reward them for their good behavior with treats and attention.

Fourth Experience: introducing the car

dogs in car

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Now it’s time to introduce the car. Whether you are flying or driving, you will likely start your travels in a car. It is better to have your pet in the carrier before leaving the house, but may not be possible for larger dogs.

If you hear objections to this step the first time, don’t start the car. Just put them in, wait for 5 or 10 minutes with them, take them back in the house and let them out. If you do not sense signs of stress, start the car and either just let it idle or drive around the block. Short trips, then longer trips. Each time, remember to reward good behavior and never punish bad behavior.

If one of the few times your pet has been in the car is to go to the veterinarian, you will need to undo this experience as it certainly was not a happy experience for them. Creating happy experiences will go a long way in conditioning your pet for traveling.

Fifth Experience: go somewhere fun

Next step is to take your dog or cat to somewhere fun: the dog park, a pet store or the home of a pet-friendly friend or relative. Again, lots of “good boys” or “good girls” when you get home and don’t forget the treats.

This step may be a bit difficult with cats, so you may want to take them to a pet friendly restaurant or anywhere where your cat can stay with you while in its carrier. The more your pet is removed from their environment, the better. After all,the goal is to build experiences for them, right?.

Sixth Experience: the cargo hold

Dog in Crate at AirportIf your pet is flying in the cargo hold of an airplane, it is hard to create the environment they will be in. One thing you can do is to put them in a dimly-lit location in your home while in their crate for a time.

Also, try accompanying them through an old-fashioned car wash while in their crate. All the while, reassure them that you are there and closely observe their reaction. When you feel they are ready, send them through on their own. You will have the cleanest car in town and your pet will have another experience to draw on.

Seventh Experience: travel day

If you have done a good job with the first 5 or 6 steps, then travel day will be like another outing and the experiences you have created for your pets will be what they draw upon for assurance. Certainly, they should know that you will rejoin them as soon as they finish their new experience because you have done that every step of the way.

Traveling with a pet does not need to be as stressful as it seems if you take the time to condition your dog to travel. The payoff for both of you will be significant.








Why and How You Need to Address Your Pet’s Health for Travel

Why pet health is important for travel.Are you planning to travel with your pet? Do you want to make sure that you have everything packed and ready? Before the trip, you carefully monitor your health and your children’s health, but don’t forget about your pet’s health! Traveling, indeed, is such a fun and exciting thing to do; however, it does involve many preparations and things to be taken care of. This whole process becomes more challenging when you have a pet as a travel companion.

Aside from all the essential must-haves, you should also not forget about the health of your pets. Traveling is stressful, and your dog or cat should be in good health before leaving home. Health can be something vital and can require immediate attention. As an example, you should not travel knowing your dog has an ear infection.

Here are some steps that you should take to address your pet’s health before traveling.

Visit your vet’s office
Vet Visit for Healthy Pet TravelThere are many things you want to make sure are set before you get on the road with your pet. Visiting the vet’s office is the first and most important step to take. Before you travel you must know that your pet’s health is good and your pet will be able to handle the stress of travel. In order to know whether or not your pet is healthy enough to travel, make sure to have your vet administer many of the fundamental tests and treatments required for pets. Here is a sample:

  • Microchips
  • Rabies and other healthy pet vaccinations
  • Blood tests (required for entering some countries)
  • Check for parasites (fleas, ticks and worms)

Essential documents, such as health certificates, are must-haves when traveling internationally and also require a trip to your veterinarian. Also, it is a good opportunity for you to stock up on any medications that your dog or cat is currently taking.

Microchip implantation
Microchip for Pet Health and TravelImplanting microchips is a must! Not only are microchips required to enter most countries, they are essential for pet identification. Should you be separated from your pet, neither you nor your pet have any understanding of the roads, the neighborhoods or the local animal enforcement, and this will limit the possibility of finding each other. Dogs and cats can be very high strung in a new environment, hence, the probability of losing your pet is pretty high, and you cannot be very attentive to them 24/7. For instance, if your pet is a dog it might follow some animal or even bolt out the door when opened and get lost. Situations can be different; the best way is to be sure that, no matter what, you will be able to find your furry friend. Make sure to register the microchip with your current contact information. Once everything is set, you can be sure that you will be safe during the trip with your pet.

Vaccinations
First of all, even without traveling, pets must get their vaccinations. Proof of current rabies vaccination is essential for dogs and cats entering any country worldwide. As to other vaccinations like distemper, parvo virus and kennel cough, you need to talk to your pet’s veterinarian in order to discuss how long you will be absent and whether or not you should have these vaccinations administered before traveling if your destination country does not require them. Vaccinations are essential for the health and protection of your pet, especially when they may be exposed to diseases that are not active their home country.

Blood tests
Secondly, the blood tests are vital for knowing everything is good with your pet’s health and they are healthy enough to travel. Some countries will require Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization (FAVN) blood tests to measure the level of rabies antibodies in your pet’s blood before allowing pets to enter the country. In many cases, this test must be done as much as 3 months in advance and, to enter Australia, 6 months in advance!

Check for Parasites

Ticks are not part of healthy pet travel.There are two types of common parasites: internal and external. Some internal parasites that can affect your pet’s health are hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms and Giardia. All kinds of worms may affect your dog in their own way and some of them can be passed to humans. Dogs infected by worms might have symptoms like weight loss, vomiting and more. There might even be cases when you do not recognize any obvious symptoms. That is why it is best to have your veterinarian take a test and make sure it should not be treated for these parasites.

External parasites include fleas, which are bloodsucking bugs. The existence of these bugs results in itching, biting, scratching and even hair loss. Other types of external parasites are ticks, which are arachnids and also bloodsucking. The dangerous thing about this is that they can be carriers of serious diseases.  Thus, it would be best to treat your dog against such things as fleas and ticks with either natural methods or products such as Advantage, Frontline. NexGard before travel.

Time to Diet?
Obese cat not healthy for pet travelAn overweight pet is not a healthy pet. Not only does excess weight affect a pet’s mobility, it can also affect lead to diabetes, osteoarthritis and even your pet’s breathing. And the effects of obesity can also affect your pet emotionally. If you are planning to travel, and your pet’s weight is not what it should be, then plan to cut back on food intake slowly and supplement with vegetables like green beans and small bits of carrots. You can discuss a dietary plan with your veterinarian. In the end, your pet will be more prepared to weather the stress of traveling after losing those excess pounds.

A Trip to the Groomer
Trip to the groomer for pet healthA clean pet is a better traveler. If you take your pet to the groomer, schedule a visit before traveling. Get them a bath, haircut and get their nails clipped. If you do not have a groomer, get out in the backyard, shower or bathtub with your pet shampoo and brush and have fun. Look out for any ticks or fleas or wounds that your pet may have and get them attended to.

Have all the essential backups
It is very important for you to do your research and be sure that nothing will affect the health of your pet during the trip. No matter all the preparations you do, there are very many external factors that can affect your pet’s health. Obviously, you want to escape from things like that, which is why there are a few things you should do.

Dog drinking waterIt is very common that pets get sick because of the water they drink. Let’s face it. They have been used to drinking one type of water, and now suddenly you give them something else. This can result in health issues. This is a very common issue that pet owners face while travelling which is why you should be careful for your pet not to suffer for pain during the trip. You can take water from home with you so as not to face digestive issues like this. The water can be tap water or bottled water, whichever you prefer. However, this is one way to make sure you will not be facing any problems and will be focusing on enjoying your trip.

It is also a good idea to bring an ample supply of your pet’s food with you. Not only you not have to shop for their food when you get to your destination, it will also prevent the introduction of a new food which can also cause digestive upset. This is especially important if your pet is on a special diet. If you are traveling internationally, be sure your destination country will permit the import of dog or cat food. It will need to be sealed in the original packaging at a minimum and, with many countries, it depends on the ingredients.

The rest of the things that you can do highly depends on the country you are planning to visit. You can find pet import regulations for over 200 countries here.

Final Thoughts
dog in carTraveling itself can be fun, but it becomes even more enjoyable when you have such wonderful travel companions as pets you own. Once you decide to take them on a trip with you, you start realizing the problems you might face. Dealing with veterinary paperwork is very essential, hence, pet health is the most important thing to deal with before you travel. You want to make sure that nothing goes wrong during your vacation, as your greatest focus should be is to relax and not worry about anything and prepare for everything.

Besides all the above-mentioned steps needed to take before you leave on a trip, you also should consider taking a health certificate with you just in case if something goes wrong and you need to visit the vet. Also, make sure that you do your research and find the closest veterinarian offices available in the country you are planning to visit in case of an emergency.

If you follow all the above-mentioned steps, you should be able to enjoy your trip. If there are any doubts connected with your pet’s health it would be better to leave them with a trusted friend or family member. Otherwise, if your pet turns out to be fully healthy, then you will be able to enjoy a very exciting trip with your travel companion!

Contributing to this article is Maria Harutyunian, the PR team lead at Vet Organics. She writes about dogs and pets in general to help pet owners like her take better care furry family members.








Dog Friendly Beaches in Northumberland United Kingdom

Northumberland is a truly spectacular place. Found in the northeast corner of the UK, the county is famous for historical monuments and castles, miles of stunning beaches, many of them dog-friendly, and a majestic and unspoilt National Park. Northumberland is a fantastic place for a wide range of holidays, none more so than one with your dog.

With miles of walking routes, plenty of dog friendly accommodation and a fantastic range of things to do, the county is the perfect destination to visit with your pet pooch. Along with Cottages in Northumberland, a leading provider of holiday cottages, including dog-friendly cottages, across Northumberland, we’re going to take a look at some of the best dog-friendly beaches in Northumberland that you can explore.

Dog Friendly Alnmouth Beach

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Alnmouth Beach

Siting at the mouth of the River Aln, Alnmouth beach is a wide sandy bay perfect for your dog to stretch their legs. With the village of Alnmouth backing right onto the beach, there are plenty of things to do when you finished your beach walkies. Head to the part of the beach that is south of the estuary as it is generally a bit quieter, offering you even more space.

 

Pet Friendly Bamburgh Castle

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Bamburgh Castle

The beach in front of Bamburgh Castle, an ancient Norman stronghold, is arguably one of the most picturesque in the UK. The castle overlooks a magnificent sandy beach backed by sand dunes, offering the perfect wide-open space and dog-friendly beach for your four-legged friend to enjoy. The beach is also a great surfing spot if you fancy riding the waves.

Dog Friendly Fishermans Haven

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Fisherman’s Haven

This sandy beach has built its reputation as one of the cleanest beaches in the area, making it perfect for a safe and enjoyable walk with your pet pooch. There are a choice of paths leading down to the beach through the rocks and grassy cliffs. In fact, the beach is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, highlighting just how wonderful it truly is. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, just make sure your dog doesn’t chase them!

 

Dog Friendly Newton Haven

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Newton Haven Beach

Just nine miles from Alnwick you will find Newton Haven Beach, a vast beach made up of sandy areas and rocky areas, giving a nice balance of landscapes. A relatively sheltered bay makes it perfect for long dog walks, while there is also an abundance of wildlife in the area as well. You and your pooch certainly won’t be bored of the great range of coastal walks in this area.

 

These beaches are just a handful of the many fantastic dog-friendly beaches that can be found all along Northumberland’s incredible coastline. If you fancy a trip away with your dog, Northumberland is the perfect place to go!

To travel to Northumberland from within the United Kingdom, the closest airport is Newcastle or you can take a dog-friendly train. Dogs entering the United Kingdom from other EU Member States or other countries must do so at London Heathrow or Gatwick and take a domestic flight to Newcastle.

You can find requirements to bring your dog to the United Kingdom here.

 








Can I Rescue a Street Dog or Cat While on Vacation and Bring It Home?

Rescue Dog

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It happens so often. You are traveling on vacation in a foreign country, walking down the street or sitting at a cafe and you spy the beautiful face of a dog or cat looking scared and hungry. It can be an abondoned kitten or a dog that somehow manages to stay alive while living on the street. You cannot help wanting to rescue it, change its life, take it home and love and care for it.

No one can blame you for how you feel, but the important thing to know is how you can accomplish bringing this soul, that has stolen your heart, home safely and within current laws on pet import to avoid quarantine or refusal at customs.

All countries worldwide base their pet import regulations based on diseases that can be contageous to other animals or humans, particularly rabies. This is a brutal disease that kills nearly 60,000 people a year* from bites from dogs, cats, racoons, foxes, ferrets and other warm-blooded mammals that can carry the rabies virus.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before rescuing a dog or cat in a foreign country.

What country are you visiting?

Let’s first consider the country that you are visiting. Many of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world are classified by the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) as high-rabies countries as they don’t have structured programs in place to control rabies. Some examples of high-rabies countries are Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and China.  Depending on your home country, it could take 4 months or more and multiple veterinary visits before bringing your rescued dog or cat home. Click here for countries considered to be high-rabies.

Oftentimes, regulations are less stringent when importing a dog or cat from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country.

Where is your home?

If you don’t own a pet already, you may not be aware of the requirements that will be imposed on your rescue pet when entering your country.

Here are some examples of pet import regulations when importing a dog or cat from a high-rabies country:

Home Country: European Union Member State

Pet Import Regulations from high-rabies country: microchip, proof of rabies vaccination, 30 day wait after vaccination, rabies titer test (FAVN), 3 calendar month wait before travel, EU health certificate

Pet Import Regulations from other countries: microchip, rabies vaccination, 21 day wait, health certificate or EU Pet Passport

Home Country: United States

Pet Import Regulations (all countries): proof of rabies vaccination administered no sooner than 30 days before travel, health certificate, screwworm inspection (when entering from some countries)

Home Country: Canada

Pet Import Regulations (all countries): proof of current rabies vaccination (no wait after vaccination), health certificate. If imported unaccompanied, microchip, health certificate and import permit

Home Country: South Africa

Pet Import Regulations (all countries): microchip, proof of rabies vaccination (minimum 30 days in advance), blood tests (dogs), import permit, 14 days of quarantine (dogs)

Home Country: Australia

Pet Regulations (all countries): microchip, rabies vaccination, rabies titer test (FAVN) 180 days before import, import permit, blood tests, parasite treatments, health certificate. Pets can be imported directly from approved countries otherwise pets must be moved to an approved country about 6 weeks before import.

No matter what country you are bringing your rescue home to, we would urdge you to research current and detailed pet import regulations by clicking here.

You must be able to allot the time involved to meet your home country requirements for pet import. If you cannot do that, then you need to make arrangements for their care and veterinary visits until either you can come back to get them or fly them as unaccompanied air cargo to you. This will take coordination with veterinarians and someone to check your dog or cat in at your airline’s cargo facility.

Another consideration is the airline you have booked your round trip ticket with. Many airlines do not accept pets for transport such as Ryan Air, Jet Airways and AirAsia. Many other airlines will only transport pets as air cargo through the services of an agent like British Airways and SAS. If your ticket is booked on an airline that does not accept pets, then your pet will need to fly as unaccompanied air cargo which is more expensive than it  would be if you fly with your rescue.

It all sounds daunting, right? Well, actually, it can be. Sometimes, it is better to try and find an abondoned animal care and adoption in the country where you find it instead of bringing it home. There are rescue organizations in so many countries that may be able to help. Oftentimes pet stores, veterinarians, government agencies responsible for animal control or animal hospitals are aware of rescue organizations in the country you are visiting.

Before falling in love with an abondoned puppy or kitten, consider how difficult (or easy) it would be to take your rescue home with you. We would all agree that saving a life is worth every minute and every dollar spent. Dogs and cats (as well as all animals that can be domesticated) deserve a chance to live in a safe and loving environment, and there are a lot of volunteers and organizations who strive towards that goal. You are simply taking part in that effort.

*Reference: http://www.oie.int/en/animal-health-in-the-world/rabies-portal/








Dog Friendly Beaches in the Canary Islands

Pet Friendly Beaches Canary IslandsBringing your dog to the Canary Islands for a short or long vacation is a good decision as the Canarian government opens more of its island’s doors to our furry friends. The Islands display a warm welcome for dogs enjoying their vacation with their family. A lot of pet friendly hotels on the islands are also willing to accommodate visitors who have pets with them. You could also find some few inns that provide welcome kits for your pet.

Just do not forget to comply with the pet rules that already exist on the islands, especially on their dog friendly beaches. Most public places require that some dog breeds be leashed and/or muzzled, proper pet waste management, and don’t forget to bring their vaccination record and ID card. There appears to be also veterinary clinics available on the islands in case vet help is needed.

The popular dog friendly beaches along the Canarian coast are known to pet lovers because you can bring them for a walk or have fun swimming with them. Some beaches also allow dogs to run free.

Dog Friendly Beaches in the Canary Islands

Pet Friendly Beaches in the Canary IslandsLos Guirres Beach
Situated in Tazacorte, a few kilometers to the north of the Puerto Naos. Half of the northern stony dark sand beach is dedicated for animals. One of the best beach to visit with dogs and on the top of the list of things to do in La Palma.

Playa del Puertito
Situated to the side of the Club Náutico Puertito de Güímar in 2013, Playa del Puertito is the first dog friendly beach in Tenerife and second in the Canary Islands. The southern corner of the dark sand beach is the area that is dedicated for dogs.

El Cabezo Beach
El Médano is located in the municipality of San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife. It is situated in the northern town of Punta de la Jarquita. Alternating big rocks and dark sand make this a fun beach to explore. It is very close to El Medano.

El Confital Beach
Situated at the south end of the La Tejita Beach, in the municipality of San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife, El Confital Beach is a small, sandy spot of about 150 meters of length exclusively for tourists visiting with their dogs. The beach has adopted services like waste repository.

Boca Barranco Beach
The beach of Boca Barranco in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the first beach for dogs in all of the Canary Islands. This dark sand beach is at the end of a small narrow steep-sided valley.

Tres Peos Beach
The Tres Peos beach situated in the municipality of Aguimes, Gran Canaria. It is situated near the southern corner of the Vargas Beach and considered a windsurf sanctuary around the world.

Beach of Los Cuervitos
The beach is also in the municipality of Agüímes, Gran Canaria. There is a small rocky cove in the south of Tres Peos beach where dogs can play.

Las Coloradas Beach
Las Coloradas Beach (El Afre) in Yaiza, Lanzarote. A “half dog friendly” beach where there there are certain periods the dogs are allowed on the beach. This is an alternating rock and sand beach in the middle of the urban area of Playa Blanca.

Playa de Las Teresitas
This beach is situated in the north of Tenerife and will be joining the list of Canary island dog friendly beaches. Situated in a small village of San Andres, this fine white sand beach has a splendid view of the Anaga Mountains along its shoreline. The waves here are calm due to the breakwaters built parallel to its shoreline. This is an ideal beach for families with both young and old children. Family members can enjoy water sports activities like paddle boarding and kayaking.

There is an area dedicated for dogs toward the end of the beach, either the shore end or by the boat side. However, the Municipality of Sta. Cruz forbids dogs to run free amongst the people present at the beach, so you should consider leashing your dog.

Pet Friendly Beaches in the Canary IslandsWhenever you’re planning to travel with your pet to the Canary Islands, always take into consideration a few things before leaving home. Make sure that you research and book pet friendly accommodations where dogs are allowed. There seem to be many top-class hotels or villas that are pet friendly in the Island, and some of them offer small welcome kits with all the basics for your vacation. Remember to get your pet microchipped, bring your pet’s passport, health certificate from your vet, vaccination record and ID card, and other travel documents that may be needed upon entry of the islands.

You can learn more about importing your pet to the Canary Islands here.

Katarina Vancroft is a travel and destination blogger and content contributing editor.








Five Pet Friendly Beaches in Vietnam to Enjoy with Your Dog

The beaches in Vietnam are so beautiful, and they’ve long been hidden under a shroud of secrecy. Luckily, this is no longer the case, and the breathtaking coastline is waiting to be discovered.

If you are planning to travel with your dog to Vietnam, then you need to check out these pet friendly, white, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. With the tropical climate and all that space for running, you and your dog will have a great time.

Here are five Vietnam beaches where dogs are welcome so that you don’t miss any of these beautiful places. If you decide one of these beaches is for you, be aware that all of them come with specific regulations which must be respected. After all, you don’t want to end up paying a fine on your vacation.

Pet Friendly Nha Trang BeachNha Trang Beach, Nha Trang 

The Nha Trang beach is located around a beach resort city and has a six-kilometer stretch of pure bliss. Because of this, you can enjoy the sightseeing while your dog soaks his paws in the powdery sand.

Honestly, this is the most beautiful bay in all of Vietnam, and the beach serves as the connection to numerous islands. However, you should be very careful about going in the water if you aren’t a seasoned swimmer since it’s very deep.

Overall, dogs love the Nha Trang beach and atmosphere it embodies. However, since it’s a very busy beach, your dog will need to wear a muzzle and be leashed at all times.

Pet Friendly Ly Son BeachLy Son Beach, Quang Ngai 

Ly Son is an island situated 2 hours from the mainland, and it offers peace and quiet with untouched nature. However, if you or your pooch suffer from sea sickness, taking a pill before the ferry ride is a must.

Besides the beaches, you can take your dog for a hike or rent a bike and explore the serene surroundings. Additionally, the Thoi Loi Peak offers a magnificent view of crystal blue sea and coral ridges.

Lastly, your dog will appreciate no specific rules and enjoy getting into the sea without a leash or a muzzle. Plus, the parking is free.

Pet Friendly Phu Quoc BeachLong Beach, Phu Quoc Island 

Phu Quoc is the largest island situated in southern Vietnam, and it’s famous for a dog breed called Phu Quoc Ridgeback. This breed has a ridge hair that grows in the opposite direction of the rest of its coat, and it is a fun thing to see.

Your dog will love exploring the national forest, and the yellow sandy beaches without any restraints. But, you will have to pay some attention while in or close to the water as the island experiences some problems with trash.

Still, the water is lovely, the sand is soft, and the topography of the island gives you an opportunity for endless hikes and activities. During these hikes, your dog will love sniffing around, and when they get tired, there is no shortage of places to lie down.

Pet Friendly My Khe BeachMy Khe Beach, Da Nang Province 

Since the My Khe beach is very long and wide, it offers plenty of opportunities for a relaxing day with your dog. The beach is open 24/7, and there’s no shortage of space if you want to watch the sunset with your pooch.

Once you are rested and relaxed, you can take your pup for a run near the water line with the muzzle on. If a muzzle stresses your dog, you can opt for a leash.

Additionally, this beach offers amenities like showers which is a great thing for when you have a pooch that is covered in sand. Plus, parking is also available, and it only costs .01$.

Pet Friendly Mui Ne BeachMui Ne Beach, Phan Thiet Province 

The Mui Ne beach is a long stretch of sand that was once deserted and is now becoming full of beach resorts. However, it’s still unfamiliar to tourists and can be a great getaway for people and pooches alike.

If you want to relax and spend time with your dog, this pet friendly beach is great because it isn’t a very urban place. In fact, pooches can be taken to the beach without a leash and are allowed to explore everything in sight.

More importantly, the nature around this beach is lovely and gives you a chance to take a hike or check volcanic waterfalls. Also, the parking is free. However, make sure to bring water since there’s a shortage of fountains.

No matter where you travel with your dog, we advise that you bring his favorite dog food with you. Some dogs experience intestinal upset from the local cuisine, so bringing your own will ensure a happy vacation for everyone.

These five beaches don’t have strict dog policies, and it would be a shame not to visit them while you’re in Vietnam. When present, rules and regulations are there to ensure the safety of your dog and other travelers, so do your best to follow them.

Find pet passport information for transporting your dog to Vietnam.








How to Crate Train Your Puppy for Travel

How to Crate Train Your Puppy for Travel
Traveling with a new puppy can be an exciting experience, but it’s important to have them settled in and ready prepared before you go. If flying, all dogs and cats must travel in IATA-compliant pet crates or carriers. It is always recommended to restrain your pet when driving, not only for its safety but for the safety of the driver and passengers as well.

Crate training your puppy can help give it a space of its own and will let them feel safe when traveling and also secure in a new location.

Puppies will naturally try to find a space for themselves that’s secure and enclosed, where they can rest and feel safe. Crate training a puppy can help to meet that need by giving your puppy their own private area, as well as letting you establish boundaries early on.

Why Crate Train Your Puppy

Crate training is a popular method for many reasons:

  • Makes travelling with your puppy easier
  • Encourages good behaviour
  • Affordable and easy for your puppy to understand
  • Helps your puppy settle into a new location
  • Keeps your puppy safe when unsupervised or when you have visitors
  • Reassures your dog that they are behaving well
  • Can help your puppy feel safe during storms

Training Your Puppy

Crate training a puppy takes time and patience, but by going slowly, your puppy should become gradually more comfortable with staying in the crate. It’s important to make crate training a positive experience for your puppy. Giving them treats for going to the crate and staying inside can reward and encourage their behaviour. Making the crate comfortable and throwing in some toys and a “used” t-shirt with your scent on it, can also help to make it an appealing space. Be sure and keep the door open until your puppy has used the crate for several weeks.

Crate Train a PuppyYou can try playing some fun games with your puppy using the crate. This will let them know that the crate isn’t just for being left alone in but can also be a different type of space. Bringing your puppy away from loud environments to the crate can also help them to associate the crate as a peaceful and relaxing space.

Once your puppy is familiar with the crate you can start slowly increasing the time they spend inside, making sure to give plenty of treats for good behavour. Eventually you can have them spend a night sleeping in the crate, but be prepared to let them out to pee first thing in the morning. As a general rule, puppies can hold themselves for up to one hour for every month of age, although play and excitement can reduce this time.

Choosing a Crate

Your dog’s size is one of the most important considerations when selecting a crate. The ideal crate size is small enough that your pet won’t urinate in it but large enough so that they can stand up and comfortably turn around. When buying a crate for your puppy, make sure to purchase one that will accommodate its size when it’s fully-grown. While they’re growing you can reduce the space inside the crate by adding a divider.

Travel crates are great option for training your puppy, as they will eventually become comfortable with the crate and won’t be as worried when it is used for travel.

The ideal location for your dog’s crate while training is in a room where your family spends a lot of time together, such as the kitchen or living room. You can also shift it to your bedroom when you go to sleep at night.

What Not to Do

It’s important to never use the crate as punishment, as you want it to become known as a positive place. If your dog associates the crate with a bad experience they will avoid it as much as possible.

Remember not to leave your dog in their crate for longer than necessary. They’re social animals and need breaks to stretch their legs. Plan to let your dog out for several bathroom breaks during the day as well as during play and feeding times.

While crate training can help your puppy adjust to travelling, it’s not a fix for issues like barking or separation anxiety. If your puppy experiences these issues, it’s important not to rely on crate training as a solution and instead consult a professional dog behaviourist.

Crate training can be a great method for encouraging good behaviour as well as protecting your pet. With the right preparation and a little persistence, your pet’s crate can become their favourite place.

Daniel Defendi is a writer and blogger from Perth, Western Australia. You can catch him on Google+ to discuss this piece.








Tips for Traveling with a Disabled Pet

Airline pet policies can be difficult enough to navigate when you’re simply traveling with a pet, so traveling with a disabled pet often poses even further complications that require extensive knowledge, research, and paperwork. Recent pet-related airline controversies have centered on disabled individuals that attempt to board a plane with a support animal. But, what happens when the shoe is on the other foot and you’re a pet owner traveling with an animal that has accessibility issues?

Fortunately, while there are still numerous considerations and restrictions, there are also many resources available for making traveling easier for disabled pets.

1. Invest in mobility products. Pet wheelchairs and harnesses make getting around easier than ever for your four-legged friends. They come in different sizes, meaning you can find just the right fit for your pet and don’t have to worry about carrying them around along with your other baggage. Just let their wheels do the work! These are primarily useful for road trips or ground travel with pets and may not exactly be of use for airline travel, but are nonetheless a must-have. What’s more, they help your pet experience all the travel-related adventures they can without worrying about physical drawbacks. They can explore rough terrains, accompany you on hikes, and do more with less effort.

2. Get a larger soft-sided carrier for traveling with your disabled pet. Pets traveling on domestic flights can fly in-cabin, but are usually required to be kept in pet carriers. If your dog has a disability, you’ll want to get them a maximum-sized soft carrier. Hard-sided carriers are restricting, and disabled animals need room to splay out and relax their ailing limbs. While there are varying size restrictions for carriers based on airline (Southwest, for example, does not allow carriers larger than 18.5” x 8.5” x 13.5”), you’ll want to see if you can stick to the maximum size restrictions. Much like flying in Economy class can be space-inhibiting for humans, restricting carriers can cause severe distress for handicapped pets.

3. Confirm their veterinary health. Notify your veterinarian if you plan to travel with a disabled animal, and make sure to get an expert opinion on whether or not this travel will be possible through the issuance of a health certificate. If your pet’s condition is severe, extended travel could cause them serious distress. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure your pet is fully-vaccinated, as most airlines will not allow pets on board without this. Your vet may also be able to prescribe a supplement, such as melatonin or other relaxants/pain killers, to calm your disabled pet during the flight and ensure the overall experience is pain-free.

4. Call your airline and find the right means of travel. Notify the airline of your pet’s size, breed, and condition. This way, they can inform you whether they’re eligible for in-cabin travel (and under what circumstances) or if it’s best they be boarded as accompanied checked baggage or air cargo and sent to the destination through a third-party shipper. Larger dogs may sometimes be boarded as live animal cargo, and professional pet shippers are expertly trained in finding airlines that allow this, helping you compile the necessary paperwork, and ensuring the pets are as comfortable as possible. Pet-shippers are specifically trained to work with pets and understand the stress that moving/traveling can cause on their psyche. Many will even track your pet’s flight, arrange for the shortest layovers possible, and transport your pet to/from the airport. Note, however, that as larger dogs must fly as cargo, they fly unaccompanied and therefore must not require too much medical attention. That being said, this area is typically temperature-controlled and pressurized for optimal comfort. Lastly, your pet will need to be removed from its crate or carrier when clearing security (for in-cabin travel) or checking in as cargo, so you will need to be prepared to do this if your pet has physical restrictions. Using a professional pet shipping service is one of the best options for international travel, and organizations like the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association can help owners find the best provider for their situation.

5. Reconsider traveling with your disabled pet. If your pet’s disability/ailment is at an advanced stage and they experience frequent discomfort, you may want to just leave them at home. Remember also that if your pet requires any medication or attention in-flight, this cannot be administered while they fly as cargo. Unless it’s a long-term or permanent relocation, finding a pet-sitter may be a more cost-effective and comfortable option for your pet. Sure, it’s wonderful to bring our pets on vacation with us and we want them to explore new places as much as we do, but mobility issues in a pet may make this more of a task than a pleasure for them. Your pet’s desire to explore new places should be honored within reasonable means. Maybe you can’t take them on your overseas trip, but that shouldn’t stop you from equipping them with a high-quality wheelchair and hitting the road with them in your passenger seat. Modern advancements and the ever-growing market of pet products allow disabled pets to get as much satisfaction out of life as able-bodied ones. As their owner and favorite companion, you’ll find this satisfaction is, in fact, a two-way street.

Ellie Batchiyska is a writer for Handicapped Pets, your most trusted source for pet wheelchairs, harnesses, and back braces.








Best Dog Walks in Baltimore

Throughout the Baltimore area, dogs are welcome to take a hike with their favorite humans. In the city and within an hour’s drive are all the fun places a dog could dream of for outdoor fun. Whether you live in the region or are visiting, here are some of the best hiking choices.

Photo Credit: Kurt Jacobson

Baltimore Inner City

Best Dog Walks in Baltimore - Inner City

Starting at Boston St. and South East Street is where you’ll find Canton Waterfront Park that makes for an excellent starting place. After parking, take in the big views of the Inner Harbor as you walk towards the water’s edge. A well-marked path leads you towards the city skyline to start your hike. Of course, Fido will want to sniff and leave messages for the other canines in the area. This park has plenty of grass for such doggy actions. From this spot, you can walk all the way to the Rusty Scupper on one of America’s best harbor pathways. Along the way, some restaurants put out water bowls for dogs to quench their thirst. If you walk all the way to the Rusty Scupper, consider hiking up to Federal Hill and get a view of Baltimore’s skyline from the top of this historic mound. If you don’t want to walk all the way back the Water Taxi runs from the Domino Sugar site back to Canton Waterfront Park.

Best Dog Walks in Baltimore - Gunther and Company

After your walk, if it’s the second Tuesday of the month, Gunther & Company throws a party for dogs and their owners called Yappier Hour. Even if you miss this event, the deck is open for well-behaved dogs and their thirsty humans most of the year. Gunther & Company is just a few short blocks from Canton Waterfront Park.

 

Best Dog Walks in Baltimore - Inner Harbor Trail

A bit farther on the Inner Harbor Trail is one of the most historic dog walks. Even though the trail ends past the Rusty Scupper, you could either continue walking on safe sidewalks to Fort McHenry or drive there. The path around the fort is perfect for a shorter dog walk of about a half mile (0.8 km). There is also plenty of grassy lawn areas to take a step on the soft side. Smaller dogs that don’t have the endurance for a long walk so take a break at this historic site where a significant battle took place during the war of 1812.

Patterson Park is located in the Highlands neighborhood of Baltimore. On days when the weather is fine, there’s always plenty of happy dogs wagging tails at a chance to bark in the park. A hike up the hill to the Pagoda tower delivers a healthy walk and excellent views. Circumnavigate the park for the longest walk enjoying a look at one of Baltimore’s best-known working-class neighborhoods.

Best Dog Walks in Baltimore - Lake Roland Park

Lake Roland Park is north of downtown Baltimore and has several trails for you and man’s best friend. Take Jones Falls Road to Lakeside Drive and find a parking place. Head towards the lake and cross over the stream then head up past Paw Point Dog Park. This dog park is popular with locals and requires submitting an application and payment for membership. Don’t worry if you aren’t a member; you can still walk your dog in and around Lake Roland Park on several miles of trails in the woods and beyond. There are places where your dog can wade in the stream on hot days.

Best Dog Walks in Baltimore - NCR Trail

Take a drive north on York Road towards Cockeysville where the NCR Trail caters to hikers, bikers, and dog walkers all year long. The NCR is one of the best trails in Maryland offering miles of riverside beauty. There are several ways to get to the NCR Trail. If you’re driving north from Baltimore City on York Road, take a right turn on Ashland Road which becomes Paper Mill Road and look for the trailhead parking lot on the left. This lot is one of many NCR Trail parking areas. This old railway route was converted into a hiking trail with help from the Rails To Trails organization. The NCR Trail can be quite busy on weekends during summer as city residents find the shaded trial a respite from the heat and humidity of Baltimore. As long as you can find a place to park the crowds are well spread out, and it’s easy to enjoy the NCR Trail on even the busiest days.

Several places on the NCR Trail further north offer wading and tubing in the Little Gunpowder River. This scenic trail goes all the way to the Pennsylvania state line, a distance of 19.5 miles (31.3 km). Even though there are a few places along the path to get water, it’s best to pack some of your own if you aren’t familiar with the safe drinking spots. The old Monkton train station has a drinking fountain with a dog water bowl at its base, as does the Paper Mill Road parking area. Note that these watering stations are only functional in warm weather months.

Also north of Baltimore City find the Gunpowder Falls Trail in Perry Hall. This favorite trail is located just before reaching Kingsville. Take Belair Road north until you cross the Gunpowder River, and turn right into the parking area. If this parking area is full, and it often is on weekends in warm weather, park off of Belair Road like the locals do and walk to the parking lot to access the trail. Here on the Gunpowder River you and Fido will find several safe places to enter the water, and most agree the water is safe for dogs to drink. If you head upstream and hike for about 20 minutes, you’ll come to a spot where a smaller trail follows the river to a deep spot with a little waterfall. The waterfall area is a fun place for you and your pooch to take a dip in the fresh waters of the Gunpowder Falls. A word of caution is in order; there are snakes occasionally seen on the trail, but the chances are remote that the snake is poisonous.

For all of these walks, it’s recommended to bring poo pickup bags to keep the trails clean and fun for everyone. Looking for a day trip out with your best friend? Check out Trip101’s top day trips from Baltimore, or accommodation reviews, hotels and vacation rentals.

Kurt Jacobson is a travel writer for Trip101, a one-stop guide for travel enthusiasts around the world. He is a former chef traveling the world in search of great food, interesting people, fine wine, nature, fishing and skiing. New Zealand, Japan and Europe are his favorite international destinations. He has visited all 50 US states and constantly explores hidden gems. When not writing on his blog, or Trip101.com he posts to Facebook, and Twitter often.