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On vacation with cat or dog: you need to know

In the holiday season, many pet owners are facing a choice: to leave a pet in a Zoo hotels, with relatives or take with you. In this article we will look at the latest version of both the main and tell you what you need for a good trip.

Where can I go

If you are going with a dog or cat abroad rather than to the country or to the village to the grandmother, then in Australia, for example, will leave your pet upon arrival in the quarantine zone for up to 2 months! Similarly, it will be with animals arriving in New Zealand, Ireland, as well as on the island of Cyprus and Malta. In Cuba and Taiwan quarantine lasts 14 weeks in Singapore - 1 month, and in Thailand - 1 week. You also need to take into account that quarantine content is not free. The cost depends on the country can cost up to 150 500 from US dollars. In the countries of the Schengen Agreement of dogs and cats accept without quarantine subject of simple conditions, which we describe below.

Train or plane?

Let's start with the most difficult - transportation of the animal on the plane. There are several possible options: transportation in the cabin or in special containers in the luggage compartment. Not every airline allows the carriage in the cabin. Maximum weight of the animal, which you can bring in the cabin, can vary from up to 6 8 kg together with the container, depending on the airline. Also for pet transportation in the cabin must meet its requirements to the size of carry - as a rule, the restriction in 115 cm in sum of three dimensions.

Animals whose mass together with the container is more than 8 kg, can fly only in the luggage compartment. Regardless of where the fly your pet, you will have to pay for his passage of airline fares.
Warn airline that you plan to carry with them the animal, as well as to report the exact weight and size of the container is required in advance. Of course, the flight with the pet can be quite troublesome, but each airline has the appropriate experts to help you choose the most appropriate route taking into consideration all the required restrictions

Galina Omarova
Veterinarian name Skryabin Veterinary Innovation Center, an expert brand Farmina Pet Foods

Traveling with a pet to train a little bit easier. First of all, you need to consider that the requirements are the same, since only one company in Russia, which is engaged in railway transport. And all of the requirements listed on the official website of Russian Railways. Chief among them: for the transport of animals a separate fee is charged, the animal must be provided for the whole journey diapers and amenities, large and medium-sized dog with a muzzle and be transported only with a leash. If you are traveling with a dog in suburban trains, there is also the need to pay for their passage. But if the dog is still large, then go on vacation she would have only vestibule of the car.


You came to Europe for the car and the dog? Or decided to go to the neighboring region to the grandmother with a pet cat? Then remember the main rule: before the trip is not desirable to feed the animal. To dog did not seasick on the way, the gap between the ride and feeding must be at least 4 hours. However, to fulfill this rule you will succeed only if you are traveling short distances.

Prior to further transportation, make sure that the animal is well tolerated by the way, is not experiencing stress, provide him a comfortable temperature. Make a short stop on the road - just like humans, dogs and cats occasionally need to "stretch their legs". Be sure to remember that in the summer heat in the dog may be heat stroke if you leave it in the car one, even for a few minutes!

To travel by car pet should be accustomed. To dog is used to the car, run it in, encouraging and comforting. Then start to do it already with the engine running. Then take a short trip and try to finish its game. Work on it gradually so that the animal does not experience nausea. Do not let the cat or dog to move freely about the cabin. Use the special protection or the transport cage

Galina Omarova
Veterinarian name Skryabin Veterinary Innovation Center, an expert brand Farmina Pet Foods

What documents are needed

Before any trip, you must first take care of the instruments on the pet. So, for the transport of animal to another country, for transport in an aircraft or train in any region of Russia or abroad are required:

Veterinary passport - Animal passport stamped on all necessary vaccinations and information about treatment against ecto- and endoparasites. Vaccinations must be made no later than 30 days and not earlier than 12 months before the date of travel. The veterinary certificate must be given the stamp of an animal or the number of his chips!

Veterinary certificate form №1 - The document of the state sample, confirming the absence of disease in pet. This certificate is required for transport of animals by rail, air, sea and road transport in the country. Validity of veterinary certificates - 3 days, including the day of issue to the date of dispatch and during the whole route. The document shall be signed by the doctor and the institution seal. Veterinary certificate is the basic document that certifies the "personality" of the animal at various checkpoints. It does recognize documents issued only by state veterinary clinics.

For journeys and flights within Russia and the CIS will be enough to keep in the presence of the said documents. For international flights you need to obtain additional international veterinary certificate in English or in the language of the country in which you will cross the border. A place where you can issue such a certificate, prompt in your district veterinary station. Remember that animals have to be chipped or must have a good popular brand. Otherwise, when checking the documents will not be possible to establish that the information was given to your pet.

Also before the trip is necessary to clarify the conditions of keeping dogs in all the countries on whose territory you plan to be, because you can wait for surprises.

In some countries, dogs are welcome in any part of the city, even if you do not lead them on a leash, while in others - the paddock without a leash is permitted only outside the city, in the third - the leash is needed everywhere, except in special parks for walking dogs, but wearing a muzzle can be strictly prohibited, until the fine careless and too "strict" master. In addition, in some countries, the owner, who left his mount at least five minutes in a closed car, risking to go back to the car with broken windows and relive the exciting meeting with the police. And, of course, any owner would be a shame to leave your pet in a hotel room, and came to the restaurant to see that under each table the company to their owners make their dogs. Such nuances, too, should learn in advance.

Ekaterina Sukhanova
experienced traveler, dog owner, a member of the Russian national team coursing greyhounds

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