Posted 12th Jul 2017
Summer is fast approaching and with staycations up almost 25% since 2016 many people are opting to pass up on trips to foreign shores in favour of staying closer to home for the holidays. Whether it’s for a short break, to explore an unseen area of the country or to visit friends and family, taking a vacation in the UK gives you the perfect chance to spend plenty of quality time with your pet.
So, if you’re considering staying in the UK this year, Eukanuba’s Veterinary Training Manager Kellie Ceccarelli has some helpful tips for taking care of your dog to ensure you make the most of your holiday together.
Stick to a routine
First and foremost, it’s important to keep your dog as settled as possible by ensuring minimum disruption to their usual routine. Remember to keep to your dog’s regular feeding times and try to walk them at the same time you would each day. To make sure they settle as quickly as possible in a new environment don’t forget to bring along their favourite blanket or toy to help them relax once you arrive at your destination.
Don’t give into puppy dog eyes
Remember that simply because you’re on holiday and enjoying plenty of meals out and naughty treats it doesn’t mean your pet’s diet should change too. Although puppy dog eyes might be hard to resist during a family meal, feeding your dog tit bits of human food can result in an upset stomach. Instead, ensure your dog receives a 100% complete and balanced diet which will keep their digestion healthy and provide visible benefits with a lifelong impact. Eukanuba’s NaturePlus+ combines naturally sourced ingredients with a range of added health benefits.
In addition, it also has no added wheat, artificial flavours, colourants or GMOs, you can trust that your dog is being fed a diet with all the goodness they need to stay healthy on holiday.
Keep them hydrated
Just like us, dogs get thirsty when they’re travelling – especially in hot weather. Take a water bottle and fold up bowl with you if you’re going out for the day as although many pubs and cafes will usually have a dog bowl available this will ensure your pet remains hydrated throughout the day.
If your dog takes any medication make sure you have everything you need when you leave home and take note of the nearest vet’s contact details before you head off. Check your dog’s identification tag is also up to date as although by law they should be chipped this will quickly help in reuniting you should your dog get a little overexcited in its new surroundings and run off during a walk.
Enjoy your time together
Finally, make sure to unwind and enjoy some quality time together. Explore new areas, go for long walks on the beach and get the family involved in ball games. Lots of dogs will love being in the sea and it is great exercise for them. Just remember to check dogs are allowed in the water where you are as many beaches have restrictions during the summer months and take some quick safety precautions before you jump in. For example, are you comfortable with the tide and do you know your dog’s limitations? Once you’ve enjoyed a dip remember to give your dog a good rinse off as salt and minerals in sea water can cause damage to their coat.
To find out more about Eukanuba NaturePlus+, including its full range, please visit www.eukanuba.co.uk/natureplus.