By Clair Morton
Last updated on: August 14, 2019 at 10:38 am
You know that sharp pang you feel when dropping your child at the school gate for the first time, or when you leave your partner to go on a work trip?
That’s not far off how pet owners feel when they have to part from their fur babies to go on holiday.
While it might not be realistic to bundle up your coveted corgi for a trip to Cuba, or take your fussy French bulldog to Fiji, there are plenty of holidays your best mate can join in on right here in SA. Stick a little closer to home for an unforgettable trip the whole family will remember for years to come.
Before you head off
Ensuring a smooth ride for you and your furry family member all comes down to preparation.
The first decision you’ll need to make is based on what level of luxury you’re looking for. Finding a pet-friendly place isn’t as difficult as it used to be – there are boutique hotels popping up all over the place that’ll treat both you and your animals.
Discovery Parks across SA are increasingly offering pet-friendly accommodation options, and even Apollo is on board with allowing pets in its motorhomes.
Before you set off, you’ll just have to make sure your pet is happy with the idea of going on a trip. Are they comfortable and familiar with car travel? Do they get anxious about going to new places? If you’re confident they’ll be okay, you’re good to go.
Pack enough pet food and water for the distance you’re travelling, and don’t forget a collar and bed for your four-legged friend.
Lastly, while not a legal requirement in SA, it’s safest (for everyone in the vehicle) to invest in a pet restraint.
When you first arrive at your animal-friendly destination with a dog, take them for a walk so they can familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. This should help alleviate any stress they might be feeling. Dogs also thrive on routine, so try to keep things as similar as possible why you’re away.