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Traveling to Europe with Your Pet

Traveling to Europe with Your Pet

What sounds more exciting than experiencing a trip of a lifetime to Europe? Unfortunately, many people never make the trip across the pond because they don’t have anyone to travel with. But, there aren’t any rules that say your traveling companion needs to be a person.

If you’ve got the travel bug but don’t want to go on any European adventures alone, consider bringing your furry friend along for the trip. 

If it sounds crazy, it shouldn’t! More places around the globe are becoming pet-friendly. With a few tips in mind, you can bring your four-legged friend to a completely different continent and enjoy every experience with them. Think of all the Instagrammable moments you’ll share!

Not sure where to get started? Let’s dive into how you can effectively travel to Europe with your furry best friend, so it’s a smooth experience for both of you.

Planning Ahead

The best thing you can do to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch is to plan ahead. The basics of planning a trip to Europe should include:

  • Getting your passport in order
  • Creating a budget
  • Picking one (or several) destinations
  • Making an itinerary
  • Packing the right things
  • Booking local transportation
  • Investing in travel insurance

Whether you want to experience a relaxing retreat, taste all of Europe’s rich cuisine, or go backpacking and camping, a solid plan will make it easier. But, that’s only half the battle. It’s just as important to plan for your pet since they can’t do it on their own.

Planning for your four-legged friend should include things like having their medical records on hand and getting them checked out by a vet ahead of time. Pets can (and should) receive vaccinations the same way people do. They can be highly susceptible to certain diseases, including Lyme disease and rabies. Making sure they’re up-to-date with their shots before you go will give you comfort in knowing they’re adequately protected.

Your plan should also include getting your pet used to travel. You can do that by taking shorter trips with them, getting them used to a crate, and using positive reinforcement to help them enjoy the travel experience.

Additionally, your pet planning should include having the right supplies on hand! The last thing you want is to run out of your pet’s favorite food, treats, or toys when you’re halfway across the globe. Is it a little more work? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

Keeping Your Pet Safe

No matter what your trip looks like, your pet’s safety should be your biggest concern. Purchasing pet insurance can give you peace of mind in knowing you’ll be able to afford medical attention for them if needed. But, no one wants to think about their dog or cat getting injured in any way.

Accidents happen, of course. But, doing what you can to keep your pet safe while you’re traveling can reduce the risk of them getting hurt or sick. The ASPCA’s travel safety tips for pets include:

  • Booking a direct flight whenever possible
  • Keeping your pet in a well-ventilated carrier
  • Preparing a pet-friendly travel kit
  • Never leaving your animal alone

Taking extra precautions and giving yourself extra time on your travels will keep both you and your pet safer. Once you’re actually in Europe, you can continue to take steps to protect them, especially if you’re spending a lot of time camping or adventuring. Having a first-aid kit, bringing their essential items, and making sure they are well-trained to sit and stay near you are all fantastic ways to ensure their safety.

Going on a Permanent Vacation

There are plenty of reasons to fall in love with Europe, no matter where you’re staying. You might end up loving it so much that you choose to extend your stay. Thanks to the popularity of remote working, it’s easier than ever to live almost anywhere and still make a living.

Moving with your pet, however, is a bit different than taking a short trip. Some of the planning basics are the same. You’ll want to ensure your pet is safe, comfortable, and kept in a quiet and secure place.

Once you actually make the move, though, your priority should be introducing your pet to their new home. Check out local dog parks and other pet-friendly areas in your neighborhood. Let them explore your house or flat on a room-by-room basis, and make sure to have some toys they’re familiar with around to provide them comfort. Use treats to reinforce good behaviors and to let them know that moving is a good thing!

If you’ve never considered heading to Europe with your four-legged friend before, now is a perfect time. Visiting this colossal continent will be an incredible experience, no matter what, but getting to share that experience with your constant companion will be something you never forget.

About the author:

Frankie Wallace is a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest. She writes about a variety of topics, and spends most of her free time in her garden. 

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Frankie Wallace is a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest. She writes about a variety of topics, and spends most of her free time in her garden. 

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