Pet owners planning a staycation to end the summer will be scouring destinations looking for a suitable place to take their four-legged friend to join the family fun.
Leaving pets behind can be heart-breaking, with many families refusing to go on holiday without them.
Pet food specialist Lily’s Kitchen has researched the most suitable destinations for discerning dogs.
Super-active breeds – like Border Collies – need plenty of exercise, so take them to the Scottish Highlands to burn off all their energy.
Chilled out dogs – such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – will feel equally at home in the town or the countryside, so The Cotswolds provides the best of both.
Water-loving hounds – such as Golden Retrievers – will love splashing around on the coast in Cornwall, while sociable breeds – like French Bulldogs – will be in their element on a fun city break in Bath.
Petite pooches – such as Chihuahuas – will fall be at home in an urban jungle like London, and can be swept up into the safety of pet parents’ arms in busy crowds
Athletic dogs – such as Labradors – will embrace long, mountainous walks in Snowdonia. Lily’s Kitchen vet Rodney Zasman has shared his top tips on how to take pets away this year.
Travel tips for four-legged family members
Dogs can get a bit over-excited in the car which can prove very distracting to the designated driver. Give them their own assigned space just like the rest of the family with their favourite toys for a sense of familiarity.
Pets need to follow a strict regime to avoid wreaking havoc with their digestive systems. Keep your pup on their usual food wherever possible.
If the ground feels hot on your hand, it’s probably too hot for their paws. Instead, go for an early morning stroll or catch the golden hour in the late afternoon, and don’t forget a portable water bowl.
Dogs – especially energetic breeds – need to let off some steam and keep active. Apart from being an important part of your dog’s routine to keep healthy.
Taking pups on a night out:
For all those dogs tempted to head to the bar when it’s their round, Rodney advises to keep them close to the table. And while pub food is always irresistible, it’s best to keep pups fed with their usual orders.
Lily’s Kitchen is also offering a holiday prize for a pair of lucky pet parents and their four-legged friend.
The brand has teamed up with the Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne to offer two nights’ accommodation in one of its Victorian Garden Potting Shed Suites including full English breakfast, a doggy welcome pack, a three-course dinner per night at its award-winning restaurant, and an extra special dog’s dinner for the couple’s special pet each evening.