They don’t want to part with it, even for a week. The bond that binds a master to his pet is sometimes so strong that it seems inconceivably far from each other, especially during the summer holidays. But getting Boby dog, Grizou cat, Titi rabbit or Coco parrot in your suitcases takes some compromise. And this is what readers say 20 minutes who told us about the special moments they shared with their animals during the summer holidays.
“Traveling is a great source of stress”
Before you can enjoy staying with your pet (s), you need to go through the “travel” box. Our readers are forbidden to travel by air and many opt for the car. When Myriam brings her 4-year-old cat on the road, she “buys her calming pipettes if she doesn’t relax”, her owner explained. “Traveling is a huge source of stress,” said Nicolas, who favored the train, which is faster, for his rabbit Auguste. Veterinarian Marc Veilly, campaign spokesman they left us with from Mars Petcare, confirmed the trip could be a source of concern. He therefore advises making the animal travel “in the back of the car”, be it “attached to a harness attached to the seat belt for a dog or cat”, or in “a transport box to which it is accustomed”.
But that’s not all: the veterinarian recommends “don’t travel your animal on an empty stomach, but also don’t feed it”, to avoid vomiting. He also determined that a veterinarian “can prescribe antinauseants”. “If there is no air conditioning in the car, you have to open the windows, not too much, so that the animal does not get caught in the ear. And you have to remember to stop every 2 hours, so that the dog can hydrate, stretch the pasta and do its business. ”And let’s not forget the golden rule: don’t leave a pet in the car.” In the passenger compartment , the temperature can rise by 1 ° C per minute “.
“If the campsite doesn’t accept a dog, we’ll find another one”
In terms of accommodation, our readers know how to organize themselves. “If the camp doesn’t accept a dog, we find another one, like restaurants,” explains Angélique, who has two. Same requirement for Amandine: “We rent houses that accept animals, with a closed garden and freezer for her food,” Ighlander’s mistress explained. Appropriate for diets, Marc Veilly emphasizes the importance of not “changing animal eating habits” on holiday.
Animals hold on to things that are familiar to them. This is exactly the reason why Auguste – remember, Nicolas ’rabbit -“ will not get out of his cage if he is allowed to be free from the living room of the accommodation ”. Hence the need to allow them to get their marks. “Animals need time to acclimatize. Especially cats, which are territorial animals, ”said the specialist. When arriving at his rented house with a garden, it is important to “leave the cat attached to a large leash for the first two days, so that he can mark his territory”.
“We knew he wanted to hike”
And if it is possible to follow his masters to the holiday home, why not go further and participate in activities? If Stella’s dog is entitled to a “scooter ride”, well installed in a hanging basket, Vanessa’s dog has the privilege of going on a “hike in Auvergne and the Pyrenees” with his adoptive parents, “in areas where dogs are allowed. Still in the mountains, Manon can still rely on Sir, his cane corso, to” find mushroom spots “.
It’s more complicated for dogs, on the other hand, to be able to break a muzzle in the ocean. “Few beaches will receive it in the middle of summer. We are waiting for September to go to the beach with them, ”Marie-Line said. But Océane, she always finds the beach “at the right times” for Jeny. But be careful, because if your partner has a chance to make foufou in water, you need to “wash it well with fresh water and clean the inside of the pads” when it comes out, ”to get the salt out. and sand., which are irritating ”, says Marc Veilly. And don’t need to shampoo it! Finally, watch out for sunstroke. For this,“ we avoid taking animals in the hottest hours and we protect them from day ”. Like the whole family.
And role level?
If you are planning to take your pet on vacation, make sure you have read the following information. First of all, you need to identify your dog, either by microchip or by tattoo. It will be very helpful to you if you lose it, because its identification will be entered in the national file, which veterinarians, firefighters and municipalities have access to.
No vaccination is mandatory, except for dogs, cats and ferrets crossing the border. In this case, they should be vaccinated against rabies. You should also know that a vaccine can only be valid for 21 days after the date of injection. Upon meeting the previous two criteria, your pet will hold its European passport.
Veterinarian Marc Veilly invites you to contact the consulate of the country where you plan to go to find out the conditions for the entry of an animal into the territory, or to consult the AniVetVoyage site. For example, “some countries require health certificates”. Finally, in case of loss of your animal, Marc Veilly advises contacting I-CAD (National File for the Identification of Domestic Carnivores), to notify the nearest pound and veterinarians, to make a declaration of loss to the police station and to put up a poster of the traders.