Travelling with Pets

Dogs, Family, Pets, Summer Pets

Planning a trip this summer? There’s nothing better than having your best friend along for the ride.

To make the trip enjoyable for both you and your pet, here are some tips that will help you and your family enjoy a safe, happy and relaxing summer holiday with your pets along to share in the fun! 

Before you go

  • Preparation is the key to ensuring the success of any holiday, so make sure your pet is up to date with all vaccinations, worming and parasite control before you depart. Remembering to protect your pet against ticks and heartworm if travelling into areas prone to both parasites.
  • If you’re travelling north or to a hot and humid location, trim your pet’s hair to help keep your pet cool and make it easier to find ticks.
  • If you’re planning to camp, be prepared for destinations with potential risks like snakes and paralysis ticks.
  • Tags and microchips will help identify your pet in case your dog or cat gets lost. Make sure your contact details registered with your pet’s microchip are correct so you can easily be contacted if your pet goes missing.

Below are some things to consider when travelling with your pet:

Put your pet’s blanket or favourite toy in the carrier. Having something that they know and likes will help them relax and feel at home.

Has your pet travelled with you before?

  • It is important to familiarise your pet to travelling in the car with a few short trips before the big holiday. They will then know what to expect when going for the long drive.
  • Don’t forget they can be quite nervous about travelling too! Be sure to give them a good walk before you start your trip. It will burn up some of their energy and encourage them to sleep for (at least part of) the journey, which should make it more comfortable for both of you.

Secure your dog in the car

  • For your safety and your pet’s too –  always make sure they are safe and secure in the car in line with legistation. An unrestrained pet is a distraction to the driver and during an accident can become a dangerous projectile causing serious injury to both the pet and other occupants of the car. Cats and small dogs should be in cages while medium and large-breed dogs should have a secure harness that attaches to a seat belt or in enclosed area such as purpose built car travel crate.

Rest stop ahead

  • Take some time out and stop for breaks every now and then. There is nothing a pooch or feline friend probably wants more than a good stretch of the legs after they have been in the car for a while.
  • After they have a snack or meal, be sure to stick around until the food has started to digest. Walking your pet is a good way to start digestion, burn off excess energy and tire them out a bit which should encourage them to take a nice long nap when your journey recommences.

Travelling with pets with motion sickness.

  • For the best outcome, feed your pet three to four hours before the trip so that the food is well digested by the time you travel. If you do know your pet does suffer from motion or car sickness talk to your local Fur Life vet about any medication that might help.
  • Also be sure to stock up on your pets favourite food prior to travel. You may not be able to purchase the same food while away and the last thing you want to do is introduce them to new food while travelling.

Make sure your destination and activities will be pet friendly.

  • Many holiday destinations accommodate cats and dogs – but not all do. Whether its hotels or caravan parks – be sure to find pet-friendly accommodation, and check for pet restrictions at the beaches, parks and popular attractions you plan to visit. Take a look at some of the links we have provided at the end of this article listing pet friendly accommodation and parks.

Beware of hot temperatures

  • Whether you want to grab an ice-cream or buy a new lounge chair, you shouldn’t keep your dog waiting in the car when you’re out and about in the summer heat. Even a few minutes in a hot car can be dangerous. Open windows are often not enough to keep your pet comfortable and safe. Pets die in hot cars. When the sun is out, even if itis only a mild day, take your dog with you.

What to pack for your pet

At a minimum, you’ll need the following pet supplies for your trip.

  • Food
  • Portable or foldable food and water bowls
  • Leads
  • A favourite toy or two
  • Kitty litter if you’re travelling with your cat
  • Bedding
  • Collars
  • Identification tags
  • Doggy poo bags


Planning that trip with your pet, but not sure where to start?

We’ve put a checklist together to make your trip enjoyable for you both. 

Where are the best places to take your pet with you?

We all know that there’s nothing quite like getting out and about with your furry friends. That’s why we decided to map out Australia’s very best dog-friendly beaches, parks for you.

Check out these additional resources to make travelling with your pet a super happy holiday for everyone!

How to enter

Simply share a photo on your Facebook page of your dog rugged up for winter or enjoying the winter sunshine and use the hashtag relevant to your state.

What you can win

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined prize. Each prize includes a winter pet pack to the value of $100.

Click on your state to reveal the hashtag you need to use to enter!

QLD Residents

Share a photo of your dog enjoying the winter sunshine or snoozing in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetQLD

VIC Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetVIC

NSW Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetNSW

TAS Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetTAS

Terms & Conditions

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these conditions. Entries must comply with these conditions to be valid.

Entry is open to Australian residents that meet the competition requirements outlined below during the Competition period 1 June 2022 – 31 August 2022. Employees and their immediate families of the Promoter and its agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.

To enter, each entrant must, during the Entry Period, upload a photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile) and use the hashtag corresponding to the state they are in (e.g. #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS).

Winner of the competition will be determined by:

  1. Appropriate photo uploaded (photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile)
  2. Relevant hashtag used (state residing in: #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS)
  3. Number of likes (photo with highest number of likes at end of competition period with all other criteria completed will win)

The competition will close for entries Wednesday, 31 August 2022 at 12:00pm [AEST]. Failure to meet any of the competition requirements will deem entry invalid and will not be eligible to win.

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined.


Competition requirements:

Entrants must be a current client of a participating Apiam/Fur Life Vet clinic.

Entries must be received by the Promoter during the Entry Period. Entries received after 12:00pm [AEST] 31 August 2022 not be accepted.

The competition commences at 00:01 [AEST] on 01/06/2022 and closes at 12:00 [AEDT] 31/08/2022.

Queensland prize includes a pet pack to the value of $100.00.

Victorian, New South Wales, and Tasmanian prize includes two separate pet packs to the value of $100.00.

All taxes (excluding GST) which may be payable as a consequence of receiving a prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

The Prize is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash.

The Promoter assumes no responsibility for any failure to receive an entry or for inaccurate information or for any loss, damage or injury as a result of technical or telecommunications problems, including security breaches. If such problems arise, then the Promoter may modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the competition.

If the prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond the Promoter’s control, the Promoter may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

The winner will be notified by email on or by 10/09/2022.

Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, images submitted, pets name, comment, and/or voice in the event that they are a winner in any media for an unlimited period of time without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this competition (including any outcome), as well as any other communications outside of this competition, and/or promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter. If you are not willing for these uses or disclosures to occur you cannot participate in the competition.

Further, entrants agree that the Promoter has an unrestricted, irrevocable, transferable, divisible right and licence to use and modify their entry for the purposes of the Promoter’s business including for promotional purposes without the payment of any further fee or compensation.

If requested by the Promoter, the entrant agrees to sign any further documentation required by the Promoter to give effect to this arrangement. To the extent permitted by law, entrants unconditionally and irrevocably consent to any act or omission that would otherwise infringe any moral rights in their entry. Entries remain the property of the Promoter. Details from entries will be collected and used for the purposes of conducting this competition (which may include disclosure to third parties for the purpose of processing and conducting the competition) and for promotional purposes surrounding this competition. By entering this competition entrants consent to the use of their information as described and agree that the Promoter may use this information, or disclose it to other organisations that may use it, in any media for future promotional purposes without any further reference or payment to the entrant.

By entering this competition, entrants consent for the Promoter to use entrant’s name, email address, phone number which entrants submitted to enter for the purposes of administering and operating the competition. Entry is conditional on the Promoter acquiring the aforementioned information. All personal information collected by the Promoter will be handled by the Promoter in accordance with the Promoter’s privacy policy (PRIVACY) Entrants have the right to access their personal information, request correction of any errors and/or obtain a copy of the Promoter’s privacy policy by contacting getvetchecked@furlifevet.com.au.

The Promoter is Apiam Animal Health Pty Limited (ACN: 604 961 024) at 27-33 Piper Lane East Bendigo, 3550, Victoria, Australia.

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