Top 3 tips for a dog friendly holiday abroad

Is your dog part of the family? Couldn’t face two weeks without them? Would your kids be sad to have to leave them at home? There’s no need.

You can have a dog friendly holiday with Stena Line:

Your dog can travel for free either in your car or in one of our designated kennels onboard. You can also bring as much as you need to keep your pet entertained for the duration of the journey.

Here are some things you need to know before setting sail with your pup.

1. Before you go

  • Your pet must be microchipped.
  • They must have an EU pet passport or Veterinary Certificate. This can take 4-5 working days.
  • Your dog must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before you travel.
  • They must be treated for tapeworm 24 hours to 5 days before travel. The date and time must be stated on their passport.
  • Motorbike, bicycle and foot passengers must book their pets into the Stena Line dog kennels or they will not be permitted to travel.
  • Let us know in advance of travelling that you wish to book your pet into a kennel.
  • It might also be worth taking your pet to see a vet a few weeks before you travel so you know they are healthy and well.

2. Plan ahead

  • Make sure you research your destination thoroughly before you leave to ensure:
  1. Accommodation
  2. Activities
  3. Transport

Are all dog friendly.

When you are travelling with your pooch it is worth considering self-catering accommodation. Having a house or apartment may mean your furry friend has a place to stay for a few hours if you need some pup free time. Choose your location carefully, especially if you need transport most public transport in Europe will not allow pets. Think about staying centrally or hiring a car.

3. On board

  • Make sure that your dog is comfortable while travelling – bring their bed and a blanket to make their kennel more comfortable.
  • If you are not booking your pet into a kennel, bring plenty of water for the car.
  • On the day of sailing only give your pet a light breakfast and only handfuls of food along the way so they are not too full
  • Allow time for a long walk before you board so your dog is tired before the journey
  • Make sure that the car is well ventilated
  • Bring plenty of toys or bones for your pet to keep them occupied

Dog friendly holiday checklist

  • Lead
  • Extra collar with up to date information
  • Water/ Food/ Bowls
  • Familiar blanket or bed
  • Treats & Toys
  • Any medication that is required (bring extra in case of delays)
  • Brush
  • Waste bags
  • Old towels
  • Vaccination records

We look forward to welcoming you onboard! For more information, don’t forget to check out our website for some great offers

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