Want to take Fido to Paris or on that luxury cruise Make sure you check out our top 10 doggy travel Q&A first
17:31 GMT, 29 October 2012
Jet setter: Every traveling pooch will need a Pet Passport which gives a record of his rabies vaccinations
It is no secret that us Britons are pet mad, and no animal elicits our love quite like our dogs.
Accordingly, since the advent of the pet passport removed the six month quarantine previously required when dogs travelled over-seas, more and more of us are choosing to holiday with our canine friends.
Here is a guide of how to travel with your pooch, where to go, and how to get there from pet networking site petspyjamas.com.
1. What are the new travel rules involving pets
Since 1st October 2004, dogs have to be accompanied by a passport to move between EU member states.
A pet passport confirms your pet has been micro chipped and vaccinated against rabies and enables you both to travel to an EU or listed country without the hassle of quarantine.
2.Can I travel on Eurostar with my pet
Sadly, at present, no dogs, except guide dogs, are allowed on Eurostar, and a representative for the company says at present there are no plans to change this policy.
3. Can I take my dog to Paris with me if not on Eurostar
Yes, it is perfectly find to take your pooch to Paris. Provided he has a valid pet passport he can travel with you on the Eurotunnel for 15. Dogs can even stay at Hotel Costes, a sumptuous four star hotel in the centre of the capital
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4. Where can I take my dog for a winter weekend break
If you are worried that the colder weather might be bringing your fluffy friend’s spirits down and want to treat him to a get-away there are several options available to you.
At the fabulously pet-friendly country house hotel Coombe House in Devon there is a dedicated pet book with local dog walks. Your pet is allowed in the sitting room, bar and great hall and gets his very own doggie bed and essentials.
Other choices include The Swan hotel – by the sea in Southwold which is great for bracing walks with your dog and the Burleigh Court Hotel in Minchinhampton.
5. Where can I take my dog for Christmas
If you are looking to book somewhere for this Yuletide, there is still room at the inn.
The pet-friendly Coombe House Hotel, Devon still has a few spaces, or The Swan Hotel in Southwold also still has availability. Website PetsPyjamas.com offers a Pet Concierge service through which luxury breaks for you and your pet can be booked to your specifications.
6. Can I take my dog on a skiing holiday with me
The good news for powder loving pooches is that lots of chalets allow dogs. Mountainexposure luxury chalets in Zermatt and Saas Fee are very happy to take dogs.
7. Can my dog travel with me in the cabin of a plane
Understandably few airlines offer this service as it is hard to guarantee that all your fellow passengers will be amenable to Fido on their flight.
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Delta and American Airlines do allow dogs in the passenger cabin but you must begin your journey in Paris and only small dogs are allowed.
We imagine the dogs reaction to the uncomfortable ear popping experienced with altitude change is probably left unheard.
8. Which ferries allow pets on board
P&O and Brittany ferries allow passengers to travel with dogs, letting your four legged companion embrace his sea-legs and join you on your travels.
9. Can I take my pet with me on a Cruise
Yes, you can take your pet on some cruises. The Queen Mary to New York provides 12 deluxe kennels and a full time ‘pet master’ to care for your pet.
Traveling dogs receive a complimentary gift pack and a logo-ed coat. They can be visited frequently by their owners.
10. What should I take with me when traveling with my pet in a car
Plenty of water, a few dog biscuits and a warm blanket to lie on are all good staples when chauffeuring your dog around town.
Some pooches may prefer a carrier for the journey, which can also stop them being thrown around by the movements of the car (and thus reduce the chances of travel sickness kicking in).
For the more discerning and fashion conscious canine the Hunter tweed Danish design travel blanket 12.53, Sleepypod carrier and car seat 170, an H 2o water bottle 14.99 all available from PetsPyjamas.