Summer is traditionally a time for holidays, and for many people holidays are all about travelling. Why not travel with your four-legged friend?!? In this article, we’ll tell you what to consider when travelling with your dog.

When travelling, don’t forget…
When travelling, don’t forget to take the following items:
– Water
– Food and snacks
– Wet handkerchiefs
– Bowl
– Documents
– Toy box and/or lying mat/ dog house

Drinking water is one of the most important things to take on a trip. Bring plenty of water for you and your pet. And don’t forget to bring a hydration pack. When travelling, it’s particularly handy to use a silicone travel bag that doesn’t take up much space.

Food and snacksdog drinking bowl
It’s not a good idea to experiment with dog food and snacks before (or during) your trip. Bring food that your dog has eaten recently and is used to. If, for whatever reason, it is not possible to take enough food for the whole trip, make sure you have enough food for at least the days when longer journeys are planned. When you get there, you can buy your pet new food to get used to by the time you get back.

Before travelling with your dog, find out what the requirements are in one country or another. As a general rule, you can travel with your dog if your pet has a European pet passport and a microchip. Your four-legged friend must also be vaccinated against rabies. But if you are planning to go
Finland or Norway, the dog must be treated against alveococcal distemper [1] for up to 5 days before arrival. This must also be indicated in the European pet passport.

Toy box or dog nest
Remember that travelling is stressful for your dog anyway. To make sure your four-legged friend enjoys the trip and feels comfortable in a strange place, take his favourite toy bag and/or mat to sleep on at home. Familiar things will help him adapt more quickly.

laminate for dogs
Plan long journeys sensibly. Take breaks every 2-3 hours. It’s as much for you as it is for your four-legged friend. During breaks you can walk, stretch your legs, drink water and rest. If you have more time, you can discover beautiful places along the way to make your trip even more interesting.

Wishing you a pleasant journey
Kristina and Volk

[1] The requirement also applies to travel to Malta, Ireland and Northern Ireland (2022).