We know many of our travellers are also dog lovers and a good number of dogs have already travelled with Zenith Holidays so we thought we’d put together some information for anyone thinking about taking their dog on holiday for the first time.
The easiest (and most dog-friendly) way to do this is on the Eurotunnel –Your dog is with you at all times in the car and they have special areas in both Folkestone and Calais for dogs to exercise and have a comfort break before the journey.
Your dog will need a Pet Passport and you can arrange one of these through your vet. They will also need to be up to date on vaccines and to have a microchip (microchips have been compulsory since April 2016 so you should have one of these already).
It cost £19 per dog per trip on Eurotunnel and there isn’t any paperwork to do on the UK side of the channel. There is a great exercise area though where your dog can play with other dogs and show off their agility skills (or not).
For your return, the important thing to remember is that they will need to go to a vet for a worming tablet no less than 24 hours and no more than 72 hours before their return to the UK. So for example, if you have booked a tunnel back for Saturday night you will need to see a vet at least 24 hours before. Your dog will take the tablet at the vets and the vet will sign and stamp their passport.
When you get to Calais there are directions off to the right for the Pet Terminal and you will need to go there before you check in. At the Pet Terminal, your pet will be scanned for their microchip and they will have their passport checked. As long as all of this is on order you will be given a sticker for your car windscreen and you can then check in (you will need to use one of the manual lanes) There is an exercise are for your dog just by the Pet Terminal and an area where they can go to the toilet near the terminal buildings.
Pets are now allowed in the terminals in both UK and France but only in one small area - just look out for the paw print signs.
Many places allow dogs to stay for a small supplement so just ask us about this and you will find countries such as France are very dog-friendly.
Our previous dog Sponge travelled to Flaine in the winter and to Alpe d'Huez, Ardeche Messanges, Folgaria and Oetztal with us and Cyril (our black lab) is following in his footsteps and has been surfing in France and also to Oetztal in Austria. He loves the beach and adores coming on holiday with us - and why shouldn't he ? he is part of our family after all!
If you are thinking about taking your dog away with you just give us a call