If you have plans this summer, make sure they do too.

With the arrival of summer and the easing of COVID restrictions in Victoria, lots of people are keen to get away. Whether it’s a road trip, a week down the coast or a long weekend to recharge your batteries, we’re out of lockdown and ready to enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends. 

Still, if you’re making plans for summer, you need to make sure you make plans for your pet as well. Whether your furry friends join you on holiday or remain at home, there are some important things to consider so that your pet remains happy and healthy during the holiday season. 

Holidaying with your pet

Taking your pet on holiday with you can be a great way to build your bond and a sure-fire way to ensure your break is enjoyable. Still, it's important to take some time and prepare for your trip so that your holiday is safe and relaxing for both of you. 

It's best to ensure your dog is healthy enough to travel and is up to date on all vaccinations, worming and flea treatments before heading off. You should also pack a first aid kit, confirm any accommodation booked is pet friendly, and be aware of any specific pest or health concerns related to your destination. 

Check out the below guides for more information and tips to make your holiday memorable for all the right reasons.

     Road tripping 

>Check out the fact sheet and our easy-to-follow checklist 
     
 

  Travelling via air

>Check out the fact sheet and our easy-to-follow checklist
    

Leaving your pet at home

 

Before you head off on holidays, ensure that your pet’s microchip and council registration details are up-to-date. Learn more about updating microchip details here.

There are many options for taking care of your pet in your absence, whether it’s leaving them with family and friends, boarding your animal at a cattery or kennel or utilising a pet-sitting service.

If you’re leaving your pet at home and have arranged for someone to visit, feed or walk your animal, check in with your neighbour and let them know. RSPCA Victoria receives a spike in reports of abandoned animals during summer, and sometimes it all comes down to lack of communication. If your neighbour knows you’ve gone away but sees you’ve left your animal behind, it’s rational they would be concerned. Nip those worries in the bud and let them know once you’ve made the necessary arrangements for your pet. 

Still, while such arrangements may be suitable for some animals, please keep in mind that animals such as cats or dogs are social animals and they require affection, attention and care. If you’re going away for an extended period of time you may want to consider other options (or bring your pet with you!)

Check out the below guides for more information and tips to make your holiday (and theirs) memorable for all the right reasons.

  Making alternative arrangements for your dog

>Check out the fact sheet and our easy-to-follow checklist

 Making alternative arrangements for your cat

>Check out the fact sheet and our easy-to-follow checklist 


Place a clam shell pool in the shade and fill it with water so your dog can wade in the water to keep cool. If your pet's share your yard with children, remember to have all necessary precautions in place, including fencing, in order to keep children safe.

Place a clam shell pool in the shade and fill it with water so your dog can wade in the water to keep cool. If your pet's share your yard with children, remember to have all necessary precautions in place, including fencing, in order to keep children safe.

Place a clam shell pool in the shade and fill it with water so your dog can wade in the water to keep cool. If your pet's share your yard with children, remember to have all necessary precautions in place, including fencing, in order to keep children safe.

Place a clam shell pool in the shade and fill it with water so your dog can wade in the water to keep cool. If your pet's share your yard with children, remember to have all necessary precautions in place, including fencing, in order to keep children safe.

Place a clam shell pool in the shade and fill it with water so your dog can wade in the water to keep cool. If your pet's share your yard with children, remember to have all necessary precautions in place, including fencing, in order to keep children safe.
NEVER leave your pet in the car in warm weather. It takes only minutes for an animal to suffer an agonising death if left in a hot car. If you see an animal locked in a hot car, immediately phone police on 000Learn more here.