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Traveling is exciting. Taking in the new sites, discovering interesting people, and making memories are all things that a wonderful vacation are supposed to be. These expectations shouldn’t change just because you need to travel with a Service Dog.

However, before you book your flight, there are some things you will need to keep in mind when traveling to Europe with a Service Dog. In this post, we will cover all those important areas to help get you prepared for your dream vacation.

Traveling to Europe – Rules About Service Dogs

When traveling abroad with your Service Dog, there are five main things you will have to get done before your canine will be allowed into the country;

1. A microchip in your Service Dog 2. Rabies vaccinations 3. Blood Work 4. EU health certificate 5. Treated for ticks, fleas, and worms

The microchip must be ISO compatible as not all from the United States can be read in Europe. Ask your veterinarian if your Assistance Animal’s microchip is going to be “readable” at your destination point.

The second major concern is with your dog’s rabies vaccination. Most European places will need proof of your dog receiving two rabies titers as well as the original rabies certificate. This document also needs to have details of the vaccine used including the expiration date and the lot number.

Your Service Dog must have its blood tested (at an EU-approved laboratory) with a satisfactory result. This will have to be done six months in advance of your travel date.

Once this has been completed, you will have to apply for an EU pet passport or, in a non-EU listed country, a third country official veterinary certificate.

Note that when traveling from the US to Europe all animals (including those used for service) must have a USDA certification stamp which is completed by your veterinarian.

Finally, your Service Dog will need to be treated for ticks, fleas, and tapeworms.

Where is My Service Dog Allowed in Europe?

It is against the law for service providers to discriminate against those with disabilities, this also includes individuals with Service Dogs.

Under the new law, service providers must make “reasonable adjustments” to their premises making it accessible for those that have a disability. This law also covers giving the person extra help where needed (i.e., guiding to a table or finding the washroom).

In Europe, Service Dogs and their handlers are allowed access to all public places including restaurants, hotels, public transportation, banks, theaters, pubs, and libraries.

Many businesses in the UK have been accredited by Assistance Dog International or the International Guide Dog Federation. Both these non-profit organizations are dedicated to helping those with disabilities get the rights they deserve and help guide businesses in being Service Dog-friendly.

Caring for Your Service Dog When Traveling to Europe

Caring for your Service Dog when traveling abroad will take some planning. Check out these helpful tips so you and your Service Dog will be prepared.

Food & Supplements

Make sure your dog’s food is manufacturer sealed. This will avoid any conflict when boarding the aircraft. Your local pet retailer may have sample packages of your dog’s kibble that will be easier to transport.

If you are embarking on a more extended trip, you may consider ordering your dog’s food and having it delivered to your destination point. Many regions will also have pet retailers that you can purchase your dog’s kibble; however, you may want to call or email them to be sure your dog’s brand is carried and in stock.

If your canine needs medications, be sure to keep them in the original bottles with a note from your veterinarian explaining their purpose.

Climate Changes

When traveling abroad, you will want to consider the climate you are both coming from and entering into.

When traveling from a cold to a warm climate, acclimate your Service Dog by;

1. Shaving or trimming his coat 2. Brush his coat often 3. Add Pedialyte to his water to prevent dehydration 4. Use small pocket freezer packs in the dog vest to help keep your Service Dog cool 5. Use paw Booties to protect the dog’s feet

When traveling from a warm climate to a cold one, protect your SD by;

1. Using insulated vests or dog jackets 2. Brushing your dog’s coat to keep it in optimal condition 3. Using paw Booties Additional Service Dog Health Tips

No one wants their pet or Service Dog to become ill, especially when traveling outside their own country. To help keep your canine companion in top shape when in Europe, follow these additional Service Dog health tips.

Carry a pet first aid kit and add any additional supplies that apply to your Service Dog. Take a pet first aid course or ask your veterinarian for the basics. Even if you may not be able to physically perform the first aid task, you may be able to instruct someone else to do so. Find a veterinarian at your destination point. It may also be handy to drop this person an email introducing yourself. Letting them know that you would like to use their services in the case of an emergency. Keep this information in a safe, yet handy place. Set aside “emergency money” just in case your Service Dog gets ill or injured. Carry a muzzle or head halter. Some places may require this gear. Be sure your dog has been introduced to these and is comfortable using them. Have a backup plan in case your SD cannot help you. Traveling With Your Service Dog in Europe

When traveling with a Service Dog to Europe (or any destination), you will have to make plans well in advance. Inform the airlines (before your flight date) that you will be accompanied by a Service Dog to avoid any delays.

Make sure your canine has had proper rabies, wellness check and parasite treatments that are required by law for any animal traveling into Europe.

Finally pack your dog’s food, supplies and get him ready for any significant climate changes.

Being prepared is the best way to avoid delays or even dismissal from your final destination point.

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Traveling to London with your dog?

Are you a fan of both animals and travelling? If you’re headed for England, the best of both worlds are yours. You can be sure that pet-friendly amenities all over England that will keep both you and your pooch entertained – but before we deal with the details of the vacation itself, let’s first discuss the measures you’ll have to take to fly Fido out of the U.S., and into the U.K.!

Requirements for Pets

There are strict guidelines you’ll need to follow to ensure that your dog is fit for travelling. Because the United States is an unlisted country (it’s not part of the EU), there are a few more entry requirements you’ll have to make sure your pet has. Among these requirements are a health certificate, a rabies vaccination, a microchip, a blood test taken 30 days after vaccination, and treatment for tapeworm – if your pet is a dog.

After that blood test is taken, you’ll need to wait another 3 months before travelling to make sure that the rabies vaccination works; your USDA accredited vet will give you a copy of the test results. You’re allowed a maximum of 5 pets to bring, but there are some exceptions to the rule, like if you’re bringing these pets for a pet show. You’ll need to show them registration to prove this.

Service Dogs in England 

While the same rules apply for assistance dogs than they do for regular pets to travel, assistance dogs get a few more perks; they can travel along routes and in places other dogs can’t. For example, instead of being locked up in a kennel, they’ll be able to assist the person in need in the aircraft cabin.

England does recognize service dogs, and they should not be a problem to bring around with you wherever you go. Take note, though, they are referred to as “assistance dogs” over there!

Pet Friendly Places

As long as your dog is well-behaved and on a lead (that’s what they call a leash in the U.K.), England is mostly a very dog-friendly area. They have hotels that will willingly accommodate both pet and owner, as well as hotels that serve just your pup! Pen-y-Dyffryn is a multiple award-winning hotel in Shropshire that allows pets with you in their rooms, while ensuring you have a comfortable, luxurious stay. Sandybrook County Park in Derbyshire also lets you bring your dogs with you everywhere, and provides plenty of woodland where you can bring them for nice, long walks.

If you want to leave your dog for a while and have a night out at a place that isn’t so pet-friendly, try out the The Grove: Luxury Dog Boarding in Whittington, where you can leave your dog overnight to be taken cared of, and have a pampering, delightful stay.

In London, the Brick Lane Coffee lets you have your dose of fair trade coffee, while letting your dogs in as well! For some drinks at the Pub, Star & Anchor allows you to unwind with beverage in hand and a happy dog beside you. With England being such a great place to bond with your dog, there are far too many places to name that are pet-friendly! Fancy to visit a certain place and just need to bring your pup? Don’t be shy to phone them and ask!

[Editor’s Note: Please be aware that this material does not serve as legal advice. As with all blog content discussing legalities, be sure to consult Federal and State laws specific to your area before implementing any of this advice into your practices.]