Travelling With Pets

"Travelling with pets is becoming increasingly popular in Australia."

Many of us can’t bear to leave our beloved pets behind while we go off and have all the fun. Travelling with pets can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. You know your pet better than anyone and you know their limits as far as behaviour, noise and what they can cope with.

If your pet is generally well behaved and enjoys time in the car, as most do, then there are ways around the non-pet friendly areas and if you love your pet and want him with you you’ll do your best to work around it.

Restrictions & Responsibilities When Travelling With Pets

National Parks are the obvious hurdle as most don’t allow domestic animals. We’ve found if we want to visit a certain park then there is generally some sort of kennel or pet sitter within reasonable distance. You may just have to backtrack to collect your pet afterwards. We've used many dog boarding kennels and veterinary clinics on our travels which specifically cater for people travelling with pets. It's nice to know registered and reputable kennels are taking care of your pet while you are visiting areas they cannot.

Outside national parks your pet should be welcome in many places to walk and explore the sights with you, just remember to take your doggy doo bags. There are also many pet friendly caravan parks around the country and if we all show some consideration and pick up after our pets they'll continue to welcome us and our pets.

When travelling with pets, be aware that there are poisonous baits used to kill feral animals in bush land and on stations. Keep your pet close by and on a lead at all times. If he consumes some suspect meat in the bush induce vomiting immediately and make tracks to the nearest vet. If you do the right thing and keep your pet in check this should not happen as baits are generally set further in to the scrub and not close to camping areas or walking trails.

Consult your vet prior to leaving and pack a first aid kit for your pet to take travelling, we always take one just in case. Obtain prescription medications prior to leaving and make sure the annual vaccinations are up to date including the C5 shot. Your pet will not be allowed to stay at a kennel without it and you are required to produce the vaccination certificate as proof.

Pet Basic First Aid Kit

Frontline – Controls fleas and ticks (apply monthly to prevent fleas and ticks and fortnightly in Paralysis Tick country).

All Wormer – Controls Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm and Tapeworm (administer every 3 months)

Tick Collar – Helps deter Paralysis Ticks

Antibiotic tablets – Skin infections, wounds and allergic reactions

Cortisone tablets – Itchy skin and bites

Neocort Cream – Ear infections, skin rashes, bites and grazes

Panadol – Bruised muscles and broken legs, ½ tablet every 8 hours (available at Chemist)

Polarimine – Insect bites and allergies, 1 tablet every 12 hours (available at Chemist)

Ipecacuanha Syrup – Induces vomiting for post bait ingestion (available at Chemist)

Bandages and splint (wooden ruler) – Wounds and broken limbs

Yes apparently our pets can take some human medications such as Panadol and Polarimine. Take note that the suggested dosage is different for our smaller furry friends. On a couple of occasions Polarimine has worked wonders, curing our dog of hives after finding his way into the cake tin.

Beware of Paralysis Ticks

If you are travelling along the east coast (even 100km inland) make sure you invest in a Paralysis Tick collar from your local vet, apply Frontline fortnightly and check your pet regularly for ticks while travelling in the area. These deadly ticks are surprisingly toxic for their size. Check all areas of your pet, including inside the ears, under the tail and between toes. You never know where these ticks will attach themselves. Run your hands along your pet’s coat and if you feel the slightest bump check it out for your own sake and most importantly for your beloved pets. A tip to get the tick off is to cover it in Vasaline so it can’t breathe and will detach itself from your pet. Then you can kill it knowing all of the tick has been removed from your pet.

Pet Identification

Holiday destinations are unfamiliar territory for your pet so ensure he has sufficient identification in case he goes wandering. Secure his council registration tag and also an ID tag to his collar including your mobile number, a friend’s contact number who knows your itinerary, home address and even your car’s make, model and registration number. Collars and tags can come loose so consider having your pet micro-chipped, which is a quick and easy injection beneath their coat and a permanent form of identification. Travelling with pets is so much fun and they enjoy it just as much as we do, with all those new and exciting places. If you take the rules into consideration as well as your pet’s general well being it’ll be a fantastic holiday for all.

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