Beach, plane, highway … What you need to know when you vacation with your dog

While the summer season, similar to the holidays, has only just begun for many people, it is not always easy to know what is possible to do or not with your pet. Especially if it happens to be a dog.

Is it aurotic to take it on a plane? Are some of its beaches closed? Here is a summary of what you need to know before vacationing with your pet:

Flying with your dog

Traveling by plane with your dog is not easy. In fact, it takes a lot of preparation. First, this trip can put a lot of stress on his dog. This is the reason why it is advisable to take care of your pet when leaving for a stay equal to or less than two weeks. Similarly, it is not recommended to use a sedative with your dog during travel, especially since the effects of this type of product, combined with changes in pressure during flight, can cause some health problems (heart, hearing, blood pressure, etc.). So it is better to seek the advice of a veterinarian before leaving.

Second point on which to ask: the rules established by airlines and government. As Air France reminds us, for example this “ compulsory “to bring his dog to a” approved cage “. Your dog’s species should also be considered. Category 1 dogs – Staffordshire Terriers (pit bulls), American Staffordshire Terriers (pit bulls), Mastiffs (Bœrboels), Tosas – are therefore prohibited from carrying cabin, such as holding or by cargo “. 2nd category dogs – Staffordshire Terrier with pedigree, American Staffordshire Terrier with pedigree, Tosas with pedigree, etc. – are allowed on flights operated by Air France.

Note that guide dogs, which accompany the blind, for example, are subject to an exemption and are allowed in the cabin. The only condition was that they would not occupy a seat, but they would remain at the feet of their master.

Take care of your dog on a highway trip

On a long highway trip, it’s not just the driver who needs a break. A dog really needs to constantly stretch its legs and hydrate itself. So it is important to take plenty of rest. When driving on the highway, the areas it allows are rest areas. Only, some of them are banned by canines.

To avoid unpleasant surprises, several methods have been put in place to allow travelers to plan their rest according to availability. The APRR network, for example, offers an interactive map that allows you to select rest areas with canine areas. The Vinci network shows on their website that “ some service areas such as the Montélimar Est area on the A7 offer canine areas with games and obstacle courses for your partner “. However, it is not possible to find them on maps shared on the same site.

Take your dog to the beach, precautions to be taken

Unlike an airplane, a building or a motorway rest area, the beach is an open and usually wide area. However, like enclosed areas, beaches are governed by specific rules about dogs – and even more so for pets. A specific one can be due to many factors, from crowds to methods available to local authorities, including area.

Therefore, there are several categories of beaches:

– Those who allow (without special conditions) dogs.

– Those who only allow dogs on a leash.

– Those who have hours set aside for dog walking.

– Those with a predetermined zone allowed for dogs.

– Those that are completely forbidden to dogs.

So it’s possible to find yourself on a beach that is forbidden to canines. Especially in seaside resorts and large cities, where high abundance is not able to meet the necessary conditions for the presence of pets. To make no mistake, the complete list of beaches that are authorized or not for canids is available on the SPA website.

Finally, it is important to take care of your dog when it comes to the beach with you. Carrying a bowl full of water is necessary, as it is advised to stand in the shade to avoid excessive exposure to heat. You should also remember to clean your dog when you get home, to avoid any complications due to salt or sand.

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