Deciding whether it is a good idea for your pet to accompany you on a trip will depend, among other factors, on the type of animal or its ability to adapt and the legal requirements of the chosen destination and transport.
It is increasingly common for people to be encouraged to travel with their pets, especially dogs or cats. This, which is something that in Europe has been considered naturally for a long time, seems that it is beginning to make its way in Spain.
There are more and more pet-friendly accommodations and establishments that allow access to companion animals of your customers. Transport and the legality in this area have also evolved a lot, which has made things easier for those who do not want to give up the company of their pet on their travels. But, of course, traveling with an animal requires some preparation and information to avoid any type of problem.
So we tell you what you should consider before embarking on a trip, what your legal rights and obligations are, and what advice can help you when planning the trip.
Everything you need to travel with your pet
We better than anyone knows our pet, and we know if a trip can be a significant disorder for the animal or if, on the contrary, it will benefit him.
Unquestionably, who our pet is best with is us. However, this is not always possible, and sometimes it is not convenient; for example, if she is very old or sick, if she is a puppy, or if she gets very nervous about changes, it is better not to take her. So there are residences for animals or private caretakers who will take care of it to solve this problem.
When traveling, we must also take into account the type of animal (it is not the same to travel with a dog than with a cat, rabbit, ferret, bird), and the destination to which we are going, since not all animals can travel, not all goals are recommended depending on which pet.
So if we finally decide to go on a trip, we must continually assess the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, what we need to take with the animal, and the pre-trip procedures.
On the website of the European Commission, you can find all the information about its processing, but it is a matter of requesting it at our veterinary center. The objective of the Passport for Companion Animals is to unify the requirements when traveling with animals from all European states.
For the veterinarian to issue the passport, it will be essential to meet two fundamental needs: that the pet has the microchip and is vaccinated against rabies of the current year. In addition, if we are going to travel abroad, it is essential that we inform ourselves well, and in advance, of the requirements required for the animal to enter that country so that we avoid problems once we arrive at the destination.
Depending on the country and the passport, they can request extra vaccines or additional requirements. It also does not hurt to ask for a veterinary check-up before the trip to prevent possible health problems and order the medical history of our pet to take with us during the trip.
Tips for a happy trip with our pet
Having a pet at home does not have to be incompatible with traveling and continuing life before arrival. More and more places, hotels, and transport companies are looking favorably on the inclusion of pets in their businesses, something that makes their owners happy and makes things much easier for them.
When planning a trip with our pet, planning, information and anticipation are three tools that can help us enormously. First, we collect some tips for a happy journey with our pet:
- Make sure that your pet is ready and willing to travel. Not all animals take trips equally well, and we know better than anyone if it will be a positive experience for our pets.
- Traveling involves a series of obligations, and we must comply with them. Knowing the rules of coexistence in other countries is a good idea to not scare us or go through uncomfortable situations.
- Obtaining the Passport for Companion Animals and any other document takes time, so we must start with the procedures at least twenty days in advance to avoid surprises.
- We must verify that the vaccination record is up to date and that we have the document that proves that our pet has a microchip in the case of pets that legally require it. It is worth requesting a report from our veterinarian with the animal’s health status and clinical history.
- If we travel to other countries, it is essential to inform ourselves before the regulations that regulate the transport of animals and their access to premises and public transport. It is a good idea to have in writing the information that they have been able to offer us at the Consulate or Embassy, to avoid problems when we arrive at our destination.