“My rabbit is going by train”, “the dog finds mushrooms”… They never leave without their animal

They don’t want to part with it even for a week. The bond that binds a master to his animal is sometimes so strong that it seems unimaginable to be far apart, especially during the summer holidays. But taking the dog Boby, the cat Grizou, the rabbit Titi or the parrot Coco in a suitcase requires a few compromises. And that’s what the readers of 20 minutes who told us about the special moments they share with their animals during the summer break.

“Travel is a major source of stress”

Before you can enjoy your stay with your pet(s), you must check the “Travel” box. Our readers have banned air travel and many are opting for the car. When Myriam is out with her 4-year-old cat, “she buys her tranquilizer droppers when she’s not relaxed,” explains her owner. “Travelling is a big stress factor,” says Nicolas, who prefers the train, which is faster, for his rabbit Auguste. Veterinarian Marc Veilly, spokesperson for the campaign they entrust to us at Mars Petcare, confirms that the trip can induce anxiety. He therefore advises transporting the animal “in the back of the car”, either “attached to a harness attached to the dog or cat seat belt” or in “a carrier to which it is accustomed”.

But that’s not all: The veterinarian recommends “not letting the animal travel on an empty stomach, but also not feeding it too much” to avoid vomiting. He also specifies that a veterinarian “can prescribe anti-nausea medication.” “If there is no air conditioning in the car, you have to open the windows, not too far, so that the animal doesn’t get an ear infection. And you must remember to stop every 2 hours to allow the dog to hydrate, stretch his pasta and do his business. And we don’t forget the golden rule: never leave an animal in the car. “In the passenger compartment, the temperature can rise by 1°C per minute.”

“If the campsite doesn’t accept dogs, we’ll find another”

When it comes to accommodation, our readers know how to organize themselves. “If the campsite doesn’t accept dogs, we’ll find another, just like the restaurants,” explains Angélique, who has two. Same requirement for Amandine: “We rent houses that take animals with a fenced yard and a freezer for their food,” explains Ighlander’s mistress. Especially when it comes to meals, Marc Veilly emphasizes that it is important “not to change the animal’s eating habits” on holiday.

Animals cling to things they are familiar with. This is certainly why Auguste – remember, Nicolas’ bunny – “does not leave his cage when he is allowed to be free in the living room of the accommodation”. Hence the need to let them leave their mark. “Animals need time to adjust. Especially cats, which are territorial animals,” says the specialist. When you arrive at his rental house with a garden, it is important “to leave the cat on a long leash for the first two days so that it can mark its territory.”

“We know he will love the hike”

And if it is possible to follow one’s masters to the holiday home, why not push further and participate in the activities? If Stella’s dog has the right to a “scooter ride,” well installed in a hanging basket, Vanessa’s pooch has the privilege of going on “hikes in the Auvergne and Pyrenees” with her adoptive parents, “in places dog-approved.” While still in the mountains, Manon can even count on Sir, her Cane Corso, to “look for fungus patches”.

It is more complicated for dogs, however, to be able to stick a snout into the sea. “Few beaches accept them in the middle of summer. We’re waiting for September to go to the sea with them,” confides Marie-Line. But Océane always finds a beach for Jeny “at the right time”. But be careful, because if your companion gets a chance to make the foufou in the water, once it comes out, you must “rinse it well with fresh water and clean the inside of its pads to remove the salt and sand.” that irritate,” says Marc Veilly. And no need to shampoo it! Finally, beware of sunstroke. For this, “we avoid taking the animals out in the hottest hours and protect them from the sun”. Like the whole family.

And paper plane?

If you are planning to take your pet on vacation, make sure you read the information below. First you need to have your dog identified, either by microchip or tattoo. This can be of great help to you in the event of loss as its identification will be placed on the national file accessible to veterinarians, firefighters and town halls.

There is no vaccination required except for dogs, cats and ferrets crossing the border. In this case, they must be vaccinated against rabies. You should also know that a vaccine is only valid for 21 days from the date of injection. If the two previous criteria are met, your animal will receive its European passport.

Veterinarian Marc Veilly invites you to contact the consulate of the country to which you intend to travel to find out the conditions for the entry of an animal into the territory or to consult the AniVetVoyage website. For example, “some countries require health certificates”. Finally, in the event of the loss of your animal, Marc Veilly advises contacting I-CAD (National File for the Identification of Domestic Carnivores), notifying the nearest animal shelters and veterinarians, filing a loss report with the police station and placing a placard with the merchants.

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