PET CARE: According to RSPCA Pet Insurance, only 19 per cent of dog owners take their dog on holidays.
PET CARE: According to RSPCA Pet Insurance, only 19 per cent of dog owners take their dog on holidays.

Pets on holiday: Do they stay or do they go?

WITH school holidays only a month away, parents have probably already began planning their family trips.

However, something that people often leave until last minute are the plans for their pets.

According to RSPCA Pet Insurance, only 19 per cent of dog owners take their dog on holidays, while only two per cent of cat owners bring their cat along.

Despite the low percentage, that doesn't mean you can't take your animals along with you.

But there are many different preparation methods depending on what type of animal you are taking, and by what means you're travelling.

For example, whether you're travelling by plane, car, train, bus or ferry, there are many different steps you might want as a guide, all which can be found on the RSPCA Pet Insurance website.

Otherwise, here are some quick tips on what you can start preparing in the meantime.

1. Make sure your pet has all its immunisations and do a health check-up before you go

2. Clean your pet before the trip

3. Bring a bag filled with all your pet's needs, including a leash, toys, food, water, medications and bedding

4. Familiarise yourself with the emergency vet's number in the area that you're travelling to

5. Have your pet insurance details on hand in case of any issues

However, although pet travel is possible, to avoid your pet getting too anxious, cat owners are advised to get a pet-sitter if only travelling a month or less due to their territorial nature.

For more tips for caring for your pets on a holiday, here are some things to remember:

1. Never leave your pet in a car unattended

2. Always carry around extra bottles of water and a bowl

3. Bring things to help distract your pet, including toys and treats

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