Research reveals that a third (33 per cent) of Brits have missed out on going on holiday because of their pet, with 41% feeling guilt when they do travel away. As a result, the British travel industry is losing out on an estimated £324 million a year by not catering to the needs of pet owners who don’t want to leave their furry family member at home.

However, with pet friendly hotels and accommodation on the rise across Europe, it’s no longer the case that we have to leave our canine companions behind when we go on vacation. To help pet owners enjoy a happy holiday or staycation with their dogs, Eukanuba‘s Veterinary Training Manager Kellie Ceccarelli has some helpful tips for taking care of your dog to ensure you make the most of your holiday together.

Stick to a routine

First and foremost, it’s important to keep your dog as settled as possible by ensuring minimum disruption to their usual routine. Remember to keep to your dog’s regular feeding times and try to walk them at the same time you would each day. To make sure they settle as quickly as possible in a new environment don’t forget to bring along their favourite blanket or toy to help them relax once you arrive at your destination.

Don’t give into puppy dog eyes

Remember that simply because you’re on holiday and enjoying plenty of meals out and naughty treats it doesn’t mean your pet’s diet should change too. Although puppy dog eyes might be hard to resist during a family meal, feeding your dog tit bits of human food can result in an upset stomach. Instead, ensure your dog receives a 100 per cent complete and balanced diet which will keep their digestion healthy. Look for an advanced nutrition such as EUKANUBA, which combines high quality animal protein including fresh chicken for great taste and digestibility. It’s also carefully tailored to support optimal body condition for each life stage so you and your dog can enjoy a happy and healthy life together.

Keep them hydrated

Just like us, dogs get thirsty when they’re travelling – especially in hot weather. Take a water bottle and fold up bowl with you if you’re going out for the day as although many pubs and cafes will usually have a dog bowl available this will ensure your pet remains hydrated throughout the day.

Be prepared

If your dog takes any medication make sure you have everything you need when you leave home and take note of the nearest vet’s contact details before you head off. Check your dog’s identification tag is also up to date as although by law they should be chipped this will quickly help in reuniting you should your dog get a little overexcited in its new surroundings and run off during a walk.

Enjoy your time together

Finally, make sure to unwind and enjoy some quality time together. Explore new areas, go for long walks on the beach and get the family involved in ball games. Lots of dogs will love being in the sea and it is great exercise for them. Just remember to check dogs are allowed in the water where you are as many beaches have restrictions during the summer months and take some quick safety precautions before you jump in. For example, are you comfortable with the tide and do you know your dog’s limitations? Once you’ve enjoyed a dip remember to give your dog a good rinse off as salt and minerals in sea water can cause damage to their coat.

To find out more about EUKANUBA’s full range, please visit https://www.eukanuba.co.uk/

This is a guest essay by Kellie Ceccarelli. Want to write for us? Visit www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/essay-submission or email editorial@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk

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