Preparation for an emergency while on holiday

No-one likes to think that their pet may require veterinary attention whilst they are on holiday. But these things can, and frequently do, happen.

If your pet is staying at a boarding cattery/kennels please ensure the staff have all the necessary information including our contact details. Ensure they understand who will pay for any treatment your pet may require and make sure they have all your pet’s medical details.

If your pet travels with you on holiday and he or she becomes sick or injured, it is worthwhile considering the following points:

  • Do you have the contact details for a reputable veterinary practice in your holiday area? We recommend choosing an RCVS accredited practice and ideally one with ‘hospital status’. Do you have our contact details to hand?
  • Is your pet on any medication? Does he or she suffer from a long standing medical disease? We recommend keeping a copy of your pet’s up-to-date medical records to pass to another veterinary surgeon, should the need arise. In this instance, we are happy to provide a copy of this information. In addition, we recommend keeping a small supply of your pet’s normal medication in your pet’s first aid box. If your pet is diabetic, insulin must always be kept in the fridge. When travelling, we recommend that insulin is kept in a ‘cool-bag’. Ice packs can also be used in conjunction with a ‘cool-bag’, but they should not directly contact the insulin (insulin can be damaged by freezing). For diabetic pets, we recommend keeping a dextrose gel preparation (e.g. ‘Hypostop’) in your pet’s first aid kit.
  • Finally, don’t forget to alter the contact information on your dog’s identification tag while you are on holiday – just in case you become separated.