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Packing pooch?

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BARK FOR THE BORDER Whether you plan to bring your pet with you on holiday or leave them at home, there are plenty of options.

Ask the vet

Esther Van Luipen

Are you planning a holiday? What are you going to do with your beloved pet? There are lots of options, whether you plan to bring them with you or leave them at home.
If you are planning a holiday in Ireland it may be a good idea to look for accommodation that allows you to bring your pet. If you are planning to go abroad, you will need a pet passport for your pet.
When it comes to health, there are a few things to consider. Your pet will need a rabies vaccination at least three weeks before the departure date if you are going to England. When travelling on the continent, the rabies vaccination needs to be given at least three weeks before coming back to Ireland. If you’re travelling south of Europe talk to your vet about worm and tick treatment. In Mediterranean countries there are mosquitoes, flies and ticks that can cause different diseases that are not known in Ireland. Make sure your pet is well protected.
Boarding kennels are an alternative option. Plan far ahead and book as early as you can. The best kennels are booked out earliest, so if you want to have a choice and you have a special preference, it is important to book early. Ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date before going to kennels. For most kennels the vaccination against kennel cough is mandatory. This should be given at least ten days before going to kennels. I’d also advise that you treat your pet with a good flea and tick treatment before going into kennels and to give a worm treatment when coming back from the kennels. This way you make sure your pet won’t be coming home with unwanted parasites.

In-home care
If possible, your pet would probably prefer to be in a ‘home away from home’. Maybe a friend or family member would be able to look after your pet when you are away, or find a reliable pet sitter. On a website like www.housemydog.com you can find somebody that can look after your pet in their own house. This is often much more enjoyable for pets than going to a boarding kennel. You could also try www.petsittersireland.com.
If you have more than one pet it can be very pricey to leave them in kennels or with a pet sitter. On www.trustedhousesitters.com, you can find a person that could come to your house to babysit your dogs and cats for free. A trusted person can come to your house and look after your animals while you are gone. Vice versa, if you don’t mind looking after other people’s pets, you can find a house abroad or in Ireland on this website where you could have a holiday whilst looking after somebody else’s pets.

Esther van Luipen is a veterinary surgeon in Claremorris Small Animal Practice. She can be contacted at 094 9373955 or at living@mayonews.ie.