By Nazli Kreft from the Pointer Clinic, in Estepona
• Check the regulations for the country you are travelling to. You might require a registered microchip, European passport, rabies vaccination which you will need to be done at least 21 days before travelling and be valid for one year.
Some countries require de-worming within five days of entering the UK. The phone numbers on the microchip registration must contain a mobile number.
• If your dog has a medical condition take enough medication and have his medical reports with you.
• In the car the dog must have enough room to lie down and sit comfortably. He must be attached with a safety belt or in a transporting cage attached to the car or behind a screen in the car. Even with air conditioning, the back of the car can get very hot so blinds on the back side windows will be necessary in the summer. Check the car for exhaust fume leakage in the back.
• If you spend a night in a hotel check before travelling that it allows dogs.
• Take a canister of water that your dog normally drinks as he might not want to drink other water and bring enough food for the trip and your stay.
• Have a pit stop at least every two hours. Make sure your dog stays on the lead and cannot run off. Take him out for a stretch to do his business for at least 15 minutes.
• Upon arrival your dog will need to check out his new territory. Examine the area for possible hazards.
Wishing you a safe trip and a pleasurable stay