Travel experts provide tips for planning a holiday with our four-legged friends. On the occasion of the August 26th dog holiday, which is celebrated in the USA as National Dog Day, the vacation rental agent reveals “dream holiday apartments”what mistress and master should pay attention to and which travel destinations are particularly suitable.
A total of over 95,000 holiday apartments in around 70 countries are available on the brokerage platform, including over 45,000 dog-friendly accommodations in Europe alone. An evaluation of the filter use on Traum-Ferienwohnungen.de shows that dog owners do not want to do without their beloved four-legged friends on vacation either: The filter “with dog” is one of the most frequently used filters on the online holiday home portal: 65 percent of all search queries have selected this filter to find dog-friendly holiday homes and holiday apartments.
“In addition to suitable accommodation, we also offer vacationers and landlords a variety of information on topics such as the best travel destinations with dogs, tips for hiking or beach holidays with four-legged friends, holiday checklists and recommendations for vaccinations and insurance on our website,” says Franziska Frank, spokeswoman for Traum-Ferienwohnungen. For this purpose, the holiday home broker cooperates with insurers who offer dog health insurance and other additional services and are in close contact with veterinarians. So nothing stands in the way of a stress-free and safe holiday experience for people and animals.
The best travel destinations with dogs
The travel experts at Traum-Ferienwohnungen advise choosing a destination that is not too far away. “After all, you don’t want to expect your beloved four-legged friend to travel endlessly by car, train or plane. This is precisely why nearby travel destinations such as Germany, the Netherlands, Austria or Switzerland are recommended if you want to spend a relaxing holiday with your own furry friend.”says Frank.
Think carefully beforehand about what is reasonable for your dog. Does your dog like driving or does it make him nauseous? Is your dog in good health for the trip? If in doubt, have a health check carried out by your vet beforehand and discuss your plans in order to take any necessary measures to ensure that the trip is as carefree as possible. Your veterinarian will also advise you on all important vaccinations – depending on the destination – and can give you recommendations for a first-aid kit that is tailored to your dog.
The time of year also plays a crucial role in holiday planning. The off-season is ideal for most dogs. In terms of climate, there are big differences between the different breeds. Dogs with long fur and short muzzles don’t feel comfortable when the temperature is too hot, while small Chihuahuas don’t like padding through the icy snow. “Therefore, both the travel destination and the travel time should be adapted to the preferences of your own dog and chosen accordingly.”, advises Frank. It is also important to check which entry regulations exist in the preferred travel country. In some countries, for example, so-called list dogs may not be taken along at all.
The dog friendly accommodation
While many hotels and holiday resorts do not allow pets, holiday homes and apartments are a good alternative. “Many hosts at Traum-Ferienwohnungen have a four-legged friend themselves and therefore also offer their accommodation for holidays with dogs. Furthermore, most dog-friendly landlords already provide information on dog beaches or dog parks in the vicinity in their accommodation descriptions or can give appropriate tips.recommends Frank.
Prepared for all eventualities
Well thought-out holiday planning is particularly important for dog owners. Even if the change of scenery is usually an enrichment for humans and animals, it can also mean stress under certain circumstances. “The most important thing is to be vigilant and take unusual behavior and signs of illness or injury seriously. Be careful with salt water, by the way: it goes without saying that humans and dogs should not drink salt water, since salt water dehydrates the body in large quantities. It has also been observed several times that it can cause skin irritation in dogs. It is therefore advisable to rinse your four-legged friend with fresh water after having fun in the bath to remove any residue.”, advises expert Antonius Bigge from the independent insurance group HanseMerkur. In addition, make sure that your dog does not eat too much sand when playing to avoid sand colic. The animals then suffer from cramps in the stomach and intestines, which is expressed by loss of appetite, diarrhea or vomiting. The expert advises to take care of the animal, especially on vacation, and to obtain all the important information for emergencies before you start your journey.