Hurray for the summer holiday! But just because you’re heading off on holiday, doesn’t mean your four-legged friend should be left behind. We’ve put together a top tip holiday guide to include the whole family and don’t forget to tick off the checklist.

Travelling do’s and don’ts


  • Take note of your dog’s microchip number and check that all details are up to date.
  • Make sure your dog has a ventilated area to travel in and is restrained by using a car harness, travel create or dog guard.
  • Pack your dog’s water bowl and give your dog fresh water at regular intervals.
  • For dogs who are poor travellers, use a suitable product such as Digestive Tablets given an hour or so before setting off. This will help settle the stomach before travelling. 
  • In cases where travel sickness is anxiety based, Scullcap & Valerian Tablets can be used in two doses in the 12 hours prior to travelling. In many cases its best to work on anxiety based problems several months before travelling to help build confidence and this is especially useful with dogs which have had a problem for a while. See some helpful tips from behaviourist Karen Wild
  • Discovering new places might mean your dog may eat something unfamiliar or drink too much sea water. For upset tummies make sure you pack Tree Barks Powder, which can soothe any upset.
  • Never leave your dog in a parked car!

Pawfect staycation


Why not make the most of what the UK has to offer? From mile long walks, award winning beaches and dog friendly pubs and cottages, all you need for your doggy staycation is on your doorstep. Here are some great guides for dog friendly accommodation, days out and beaches.

Where to stay

Many pubs now offer pet-friendly facilities. Explore the stunning countryside where your dog can run and walk for miles. A light up LED lead and collar might also be a good idea, so you can spot your dog in unknown locations.

With dog friendly cottages located all over the country, you can enjoy the holidays stress free. Search by region and there are even last-minute deals!

Doggy day out

That’s the accommodation sorted, now time to plan day time trips!

Search for the best dog-friendly places all over the UK!

If ice cream and a dip in the sea screams summer holiday, then your dog can join in too or just enjoy a run along the sand

See which beaches let your dog have a swim too. 

Going Abroad?

If you are travelling abroad and are concerned about the pet passport/ pet travel scheme or quarantine, please follow this link to the Defra web site. 

www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

The Kennel club Website also shares lots of information about travelling with your pet abroad.

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/8245/travelling_abroad.pdf

Doggy checklist:

  • Collar & name tag
  • Lead (long& short)
  • Bed
  • Dog food & water bowl
  • Dog food
  • Poo bags
  • Medicine & local vet details
  • Brush and towel
  • Pet insurance
  • Useful contacts and addresses.

If your pet is not joining you on your holidays and going into a kennel or cattery, don’t forget to pack some Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Valerian Compound to keep them calm and happy during their stay.

Or read about how to prepare them for a pet sitter here.