Beach, plane, highway … What to know when you go on vacation with your dog

While the summer period, which is synonymous with vacation, has just begun for many people, it is not always easy to know what is possible to do or not with your pet. Especially when it happens to be a dog.

Is it aurotic to take it on a plane? Are certain beaches closed to them? Here is an overview of what you need to know before you go on holiday with your pet:

To fly with your dog

Traveling by plane with your dog is far from easy. In fact, it requires more preparation. First, this walk can cause great stress in his dogs. This is why it is advisable to keep your pet when you leave for a stay equal to or less than two weeks. Similarly, it is not recommended to use sedatives on your dog during the trip, especially because the effects of this type of product, combined with pressure changes during a flight, can cause certain health problems (heart, hearing, blood pressure, etc.). It is therefore better to seek the advice of a veterinarian before leaving.

Second point to inquire into: the rules laid down by airlines and governments. As Air France reminds us, it is e.g. mandatory “To transport his dog in a” approved cage The nature of your dog must also be taken into account. Category 1 dogs – Staffordshire Terrier (pitbull), American Staffordshire Terrier (pitbull), Mastiff (Bœrboels), Tosas – are thus prohibited from transporting in cabin, as in the hold or with freight “. 2nd category dogs – Staffordshire Terriers with pedigree, American Staffordshire Terriers with pedigree, Tosas with pedigree, etc. – are approved on flights operated by Air France.

Note that guide dogs, such as accompanies the blind, is subject to a dispensation and is allowed in the cabin. The only condition is that they do not occupy a seat, but that they remain at the foot of their master.

Taking care of your dog on a highway trip

On a long highway ride, the driver is not the only one who needs rest. In fact, a dog regularly needs to stretch its paws and hydrate itself. It is therefore important to take several breaks. When driving on the motorway, the only areas that allow this are rest areas. Only some of them are banned for dogs.

To avoid unpleasant surprises, several means have been introduced so that travelers can plan their rest according to availability. For example, the APRR network offers an interactive map that allows you to select rest areas equipped with dog areas. The Vinci Network states on its website that ” certain service areas such as the Montélimar Est area on the A7 offer dog areas equipped with games and obstacle courses for your companion However, it is not possible to find them on the cards shared on the same page.

Take your dog to the beach, the precautions you need to take

Unlike an airplane, a building or a rest area on the highway, the beach is an open and generally large place. But as with enclosed spaces, beaches are subject to specific rules regarding dogs – and more generally pets. A specificity that can be due to many factors, from the crowds to the funds made available by the local authorities, including the area.

Thus, there are several categories of beaches:

Those who allow (without special conditions) dogs.

– Those who only allow dogs on a leash.

– Those who have hours reserved for dog walks.

– Those who have only a predefined zone approved for dogs.

– Those that are totally banned for dogs.

It is therefore possible to find yourself on a beach forbidden for canines. Especially in seaside resorts and large cities, where the high prosperity does not make it possible to meet the necessary conditions for the presence of pets. To avoid making mistakes, the complete list of beaches approved or not for dogs is available on the SPA website.

Finally, it is important to take care of your dog when it accompanies you to the beach. It is important to bring a bowl filled with water, while it is advisable to stand in the shade to avoid excessive exposure to heat. You should also remember to clean your dog when you get home, to avoid complications due to salt or sand.

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