Travel - Taking your pet with you on holiday

Some important tips and reminders for taking your pet with you on your well earned holiday.

Your pet's current health status

A pre-departure holiday health check is recommended for all your pets young or old. This will allow them to get a full clinical examination and ensure they are up to date with any necessary vaccinations (in case of emergency boarding, hospitalisation), worming or parasite control.

If your pet is on medication, special diets or fussy about such things as cat litter, make sure you have sufficient supplies for the duration of your holiday.

Local veterinarians

Find out the contact details of the local vet clinic nearest to your holiday destination. Also take our details in case they need to speak to us about your pet's medical history.

Parasite control and creepy crawlies

Use the correct flea/tick control and heartworm prevention for the region you are travelling in. If your pet has not been using heartworm protection then we will perform a blood test prior to recommending the best prevention method.

Find out if your holiday destination is a paralysis tick area or is home to venomous snakes. We can advise the best ways to prevent and avoid these potential problems.

Going to Tasmania?

If you are travelling to Tasmania with your dog, then veterinary certification is required for worm treatment. This is to protect Tasmania's hydatid free status.

Time to stretch

Long road trips can be just as tiresome for pets as they are on us. Regular breaks for food, water, toileting and leg stretching will make the journey less stressful.

Space, restraint and ventilation

Make sure there is adequate space in your car for your pet and that you have good safety restraints such as a car safety harness for dogs (see our separate article), or a cat box that can be secured. Make sure there is good ventilation especially in hot weather. Remember it is hotter on the floor of the car and in the back of the station wagon,

Travel sickness

If your pet suffers from travel sickness then ask us for advice on medications and other tips to suit your pet and keep your pet happy and well during the trip.

Air travel

Check airline check-in times, the crate or box is secure and conforms to airline standards. Sedatives may be required for some pets to make travel more comfortable. See our related link for more details.

Identification a must

As well as clearly marked pet tags it is a very good idea to Microchip your pet before you go. They will be in unfamiliar territory and if they do sneak off for an adventure you need to make sure you can be located. If your pet already has a Microchip make sure your details are up to date with the central microchip registry.

Finding pet friendly accommodation

To find accommodation such as Motels, B&Bs and Caravan Parks that will allow pets we recommend: "Holidaying With Dogs". This is a "Life Be In It" publication available at book stores and RACV shops. The internet has a number of good sites also that offer pet friendly accommodation and there are more websites listed under "useful links" on our website.

Don't forget...

Food, bowls, leads, toys, bedding, kitty litter, dog and cat faeces disposal bags and water for the road.



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