Transport & Kenneling

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Transporting your pet to the airport

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes pet owners responsible for the welfare of their pets which includes being in a vehicle of any sort. If you’re transporting your pet by car to the airport or a kennel then there’s a few steps you’ll need to take to ensure their comfortable and security.

Safety first
According to the Highway Code pets need to be restrained so they aren’t a distraction to the driver, will not become injured or injure the driver if the vehicle was to stop quickly and unexpectedly. Possible restrains to use are pet carriers, cages, harnesses or guards.

Plan your journey
Think about the following:

  • How long will the journey take?
  • What needs might your pet have along the way?
    • Animal first aid kit.
    • Enough water to last the whole journey.
    • Snacks.
    • Toys.
    • Extra blankets.
  • How will your pet be most comfortable?
  • What extra care measures will you need to take if your pet is injured or has medical conditions?
  • Your pet shouldn’t travel if they are:
    • Seriously injured or ill.
    • A new-born with an unhealed navel.
    • Unable to feed themselves and unaccompanied by its mother.
    • Given birth in the last 48 hours.
    • Heavily pregnant.

Test drive
In the days running up to your travel date it's always a good idea to get your pet used to the car and travelling so they’re less stressed for the big journey.

Avoid accidents
Before setting off try and encourage your pet to go to the toilet and if you have a dog try again closer to your departure destination – this will reduce the number of accidents along the way.

Not too much food
Avoid giving your pet a large meal before traveling as this can reduce car sickness and allow your pet to feel a little more comfortable without a full stomach.

Take a break
Take a fifteen minute break from driving every two hours, this will give your pet time to relax and will give the driver a well-deserved break too.

Never alone
Never leave your pet alone in the car. Even on a cool day, your car can become as hot as an oven within an hour. If you see a dog in distress, please call 999.

Kenneling your pet before or after your travel

Many people use kennels for different reasons but when travelling long distances they can be used to help reduce the stress of travel for your pet. Whether you’re moving away to a new destination or just taking your pet on a fun filled family holiday, kennels can be a great option to use.

For most pets, travelling is a new and scary experience; meeting new people, going into new environments and smelling lots of new smells. It can be nerve-racking as they don’t understand what’s going on and why everything is changing, so kennels can be a great option in reducing this stress while owners are able to organise travel arrangements, pack bags and get the rest of the family ready for travel. They can be used before or after travel and are usually located near large airports for easy access.

Kennels offer a safe and loving environment for your pet, with pet friendly accommodation and room to stretch their legs after a long journey. To find kennelling near your travel destination, search ‘pet kennelling’.

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