Are you a person who can’t be left alone without their pet, even when going to the toilet? Well, we need to come clean to you: we are. In many rental companies you are not allowed to travel with your pet but since here in Wiber we love them, you can bring your dog or cat along without a problem, and without asking in advance. And since we love pets that much, we’ve collected a few recommendations for you, so you can travel with your pet more safely.
Choose a destination where you know your furry pal will be comfortable
Agrotourism, nature spots, mountain paths and the kind are a very good choice for them, since they won’t be as stressed as if you take them to visit a big city. We can suggest you a few hiking trails in Málaga in case you’re travelling with your dog. If you’re travelling with a cat, be aware that they will be spending most of their time inside the hotel room, so you should take their regular bed, water and food dispenser and litter box, so they can feel comfortable and safe.
Take into account your destination’s bringing pet policy
If you’re moving around your country, you shouldn’t have much trouble but if you’re going to a different country, you should be aware about under which conditions, animals are allowed in the country (here in Spain we have the information at the Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación‘s website, but it’s in Spanish only), as well as the weather and general acceptance conditions of the population and establishments on having pets around, to avoid unpleasant surprises. At the same time, your pet will need its own passport, which has to be given by your regular veterinarian, as well as a Good Health Certificate that confirms that your pet is vaccinated and has their microchip implanted and all their data updated.
Be aware of all of your accommodation Terms and Conditions
Connected to the previous paragraph, make 100% sure that your accommodation is in fact pet friendly, doesn’t matter if it’s a hotel, a cottage, a camping or a private apartment, so you can avoid having any trouble with the security deposit. There are some websites you can check that suggest pet friendly accommodations in Spain, like Viajar con Perros or Hot Dog Holidays, but remember that some of them might have size, weight or breed restrictions.
Choose your transportations method very carefully
Depends on where you’re going, you’ll need to take a different kind of transport and although in general, you can go anywhere in any transport, here we have collected a few conditions of the most used transportation methods:
- Plane. Each company has their own restrictions, so before you buy a ticket check their conditions. Usually you can take your pet to the cabin if it weights less than 8kg and is inside their carrier, like if it was hand luggage. With the exception of service dogs, which will go near their owner, if your pet is too big for a carrier, they will have to go in the hold inside a cage and won’t be allowed in if they are over 30kg either. If you’re travelling with a cat, please remember to bring a harness and a leash with you because for the security check they will need to be taken outside their carrier so it can go through the X-ray machine. They will probably be anxious, so you’ll need to hold them firmly and with the extra precaution of the leash, so they don’t run away.
- Boat. As with planes, each company has their rules depending on how long the journey takes and the number of passengers, but usually if you’re travelling with a dog they will need to board and disembark with leash and muzzle, doesn’t matter which breed they are. Service dogs will travel with their owners, but other dogs will either be at the garage or the deck in a space set up for their carrier or crate, and you’ll be allowed to visit at regular times. The Spanish company Trasmediterránea allows you to travel with your pet on the cabin, as long as you’re going on a go-fast boat and your pet is not over 6kg. If you wish to go on a cruise, we’re sorry to tell you that most companies don’t allow pets on board for hygienic reasons, as well as security and the pet’s wellbeing, because they don’t have veterinarians on board. The only company we know of that does allow pets is Cunard Line, which has luxury cruises with high costs and can offer a suplement for travelling with your pet.
- Train. If you’re travelling all around Europe, you’ll have to check each company’s terms and conditions but, here in Spain, Renfe establishes that both long and middle distance trains, as well as the AVE trains, allow pets that can be contained in their carrier as long as both together, pet and carrier, do not exceed 10kg. Also, depending on which category you’re travelling on, you’ll have to pay part of their ticket as well. On the commuter trains, though, there are no limitations for your pets and they don’t pay a ticket.
- Bus. Again, you will need to check carefully the company of your choice’s terms and conditions, but usually pets, except service dogs, must travel inside the trunk and in a rigid carrier. Some companies have weight limits and other big companies like Alsa and Avanza, in Spain, have on their fleet special buses with specific spaces for bringing pets on their trunks, but this is probably the most uncomfortable choice for your four-legged partner.
- Car. If you can pick a car as your choice, this is the most comfortable and best option for your pet: you have freedom to stop or choose a route and you can have your pet closer to you. Here in Spain you still have to follow the DGT rules and, if you have a big dog, it’s recommended that they go in the trunk with a leash or a harness and a dividing grid that separates them from the rest of the car. If it’s a tiny dog or a cat, they can travel calmly inside their rigid carrier, which cannot go in the front of the car or over the seats. It must be big enough for your pet to stretch and it should have a cushion or a drench, or both. At Wiber Rent a Car we offer you a very wide range of holiday cars to hire. Don’t give them food three hours prior to travelling because they could get sick, talk to them and try not to make sudden movements so they remain calm. Remember that travelling with a pet without the required security or dividing system could be dangerous for both the driver and the passengers, and its also a reason for a ticket. Last but not least, remember to never leave your pet alone inside the car, because it could be dangerous for their health, as a heat stroke could be lethal. Aside these recommendations, if you’re not travelling with your car but renting a car, you have to do your research on the company of your choice, since not all companies allow pets and many will require a notice beforehand. Here at Wiber we will only ask you to bring back the car as clean as possible, having forethought of cleaning after the fur your pet might have shed. If you respect this, we would love to get to know your pet and let them enjoy with you of your next big trip
Whatever it is your transportation of choice, from Wiber we remind you to pick up plenty of water, food and toys and get ready to have the best of times on your next holidays with the best company: your pet.