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Travelling with your pet

Travelling with your pet

Chances are that at some point you will take a trip and will need to travel with your pet. This article briefly discusses some issues that a responsible owner should know to ensure a pleasant and trouble-free trip and stay for themselves and their pets.

Before departure

If visiting a place for the first time, it is advisable to get the telephone number of the nearest vet in the area. Make a phone call a few days earlier to make sure you have the correct number and get the contact number for after-hour calls. The vet can also give you specific information about the area and any local diseases you might not know of. For example, dirofilariasis (also known as heartworm disease) is enzootic to North Greece. While this is a very serious disease, its prevention is very simple and affordable.

Check your animal’s health certificate and make sure that your pet is up-to-date on its rabies vaccines which are required by law. Vaccination against rabies protects your pet from a dangerous and deadly zoonotic disease, while it prevents unpleasant consequences if, for example, your dog bites someone.

Your pet should have an electronic identification microchip implanted. Electronic identification is required by law, but you will also have better chances of finding your pet if it gets lost (see related article).

Means of transport

The vast majority of animals travel by boat. Never leave your pet locked up in the car in the boat garage where access is prohibited during the trip. If your pet stays in the boat’s garage locked up in the car, there is a high risk of heatstroke which, during summer months, could lead to a torturous death. Use the boat kennels or keep your pet with you, always on a lead.

Certificates

Always have your pet’s health certificate or passport with you. If in doubt, visit the vet to make sure that the certificates are up-to-date.

Drug and food supplies

If your pet is on a special diet or treatment, make sure that you take enough food or drugs with you for all the days you will be away. You can get formula food or drugs from the vet in Syros or in the area of visit (make a phone call first to check availability).