Taking your Beagle on holidays with you sounds like a good idea, but the hound’s welfare must be your primary concern.
It is important to think about where you are going,and what the conditions will be like, both the journey and when you get there. Think about the accommodation, not just for yourself, but for your hound.
Long journeys can be just as stressful for animals as they are for humans. Before you travel, check on the temperature and humidity at your destination, which may be quite different from that at home and could be unsuitable for your hound.
Don’t forget that sudden changes in environment can cause your hound to become distressed or ill. Caring for your hound when you get to your destination may not be easy. They are not allowed in almost all apartments, hotels and on many beaches, so it is very important to check before leaving that your hound will be welcome.
Your hound is part of the family and it is very tempting to take them on holidays with you, but please think carefully before taking them, they may be much happier left in a good boarding kennel.
Planning Your Journey with your Beagle Dog
Before you get too excited at the prospect of taking your hound on holidays, you should reflect on the how travelling with your hound will affect you, your family and above all your dog.
Holiday Check List to pack for your Beagle
- Annual Vaccinations up to date
- Telephone Number of your normal Vet
- Lead & pooper scooper or waste bags
- Supply of usual food, feed bowls & treats
- Water bowl & plastic bottle of water for journey
- Dog bed & blankets
- Favourite toys
- Doggy first aid kit
- Parasite control
- Travel sickness pills (if required)
- Shampoo, towels and grooming kit (in case your hound rolls in something smelly)
- Adequate supply of any medication your pet may need
- Kaolin suspension in case of diarrhoea
Dogs are not always welcome and you may find that your activities are restricted, limiting your ability to enjoy yourself.
There may not be anywhere for your dog to stay when you arrive at your destination.
Older dogs with impaired vision and hearing may find it the unexpected change in their routine stressful.
Long journeys and hot weather can be uncomfortable, distressing and sometimes dangerous for your dog.
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