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Always remember that dogs will likely die if left in hot cars. Instead of sweating, dogs regulate their body temperature by panting, which just isn’t effective in a stuffy stationary car even with the windows rolled down. If it’s 22°C outside, the temperature inside a vehicle can jump to 47°C within an hour, which is more than enough to cause heat stroke.

When travelling with a dog in the car it’s really important you securely restrain him with a dog harness, dog guard or travel crate. To reduce the likelihood of car sickness, avoid feeding your dog before long journeys.

Can dogs travel on trains?

All train operators have their own rules regarding taking your dog with you on trains. Contact them directly to discuss if your dog is able to travel with you on the train. Here are the regulations for travelling with dogs on some trains:

  • You can travel with up to two dogs free of charge
  • Dogs must always be kept on a lead on the train and on the platform. You may be asked to remove your dog from the train if it is becoming a nuisance to other passengers
  • Apart from guide and assistance dogs, canines are not allowed in catering carriages
  • Dogs are generally not allowed in sleeper carriages. Check with your train operating company beforehand
  • Travelling with more than two pets may incur an additional charge that should not exceed more than 50% of the value of your adult ticket. Charges are set by the individual train companies.
Can dogs travel on planes?

All airlines have their own rules regarding taking your dog with you on planes. Contact them directly to discuss if your dog is able to travel with you on the plane. Dogs are usually required to travel in a designated section of the plane inside an airline-standard pet carrier. This will involve an additional charge, and you should contact your airline to make arrangements well in advance of travelling. Remember that dogs do need a passport to travel. For more information on travelling abroad with your pet head over to gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

The content of these pages is for general information only. It does not constitute advice and must not be acted or relied on as being so. Veterinary advice should always be sought before applying this or any other information to any facts and circumstances concerning each individual pet.

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