If you’re taking a short trip or are driving on a long-distance journey, you may have found that your dog isn’t a great fan of travelling. Your dog’s distress may make it tempting to sit them in the footwell at the front of your vehicle, or loosely in the boot. But, L'élianne has a set rule on travelling with your dog in the car.
THE LAW ON TRAVELLING IN THE CAR
If you take your pet with you, you have to comply with a number of rules and take into account a number of risks. Apart from the treatment of parasites, the following measures are mandatory.
According to The Highway Code with regards to Rules about Animals, it is the driver’s responsibility to:
“Make sure dogs are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves if you stop quickly.”
With these regulations in place, if you were in an accident caused by your dog distracting you while driving, this could be considered as ‘dangerous driving’. Car insurance providers may also require you to restrain your pet, so it’s best to check your policy and use a dog car seat to keep your dog from distracting you while traveling.
- You must be in possession of a European pet passport that records the vaccinations and treatments your animal has had;
- You must have a very recent health certificate of your pet;
- Your pet must be identified by a chip
When you travel abroad you'll need a passport for your trip, and your pet might, too. While required travel documentation for dogs, cats and other animals varies from destination to destination, following these steps will help ensure your pet has all the right papers to breeze through customs and avoid quarantines
An EU animal passport is necessary if you travel with the dog. For travel through Europe, your animal needs an European animal passport. A EU pet passport aims to reduce the susceptibility to fraud.
A rabies vaccination is obligated for travelling with your dog in Europe. The vaccin will protect the dog from getting rabies for three years. Your dog needs to be chipped as well. This vaccination must be given at least three weeks before departure and may not be older than one year upon departure. Some countries even want you to show by means of a blood test result that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies.
Abroad there are all kinds of animals and diseases, which do not occur here in the Netherlands, but which an unprotected pet can suffer from. Ask us how you can best protect your pet against the animals that spread these parasites, such as heartworm mosquitoes, sand flies, ticks and fleas.
Please note that the legislation for travelling with pets is constantly changing and differs from country to country. Some measures take a long time to implement, sometimes more than six months. Link: https://ambassade.startpagina.nl/
- Compulsory travel documents (European pet passport, rabies certificate and any health certificate)
- Required vaccinations
- Collar with your holiday address or telephone number
- Anti-flea and anti-tick remedy
- Tick forceps
- Treatment against (heart) worms
- If necessary, medicine against travel sickness
- Good transport car seat
- Fresh drinking water for on the way
- Your pet's own (diet) food. Suddenly changing the food can cause gastrointestinal problems
- Food and drink bowls
- A basket and/or blanket for dogs and a litter tray for cats
- Dog waste scoop and bags
- Brush, shampoo and other grooming products
- Possibly a muzzle, an extra leash and toys.
- Any medication your pet is taking