Driving in France: Holidays with pets

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Published: 31st August 2012
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If you are planning a holiday this year but feel bad leaving your pets at home with someone else or in kennels. Well there is always the option of taking your pets with you, especially if you are heading to France.
Self-catering rental properties in France often welcome pets as an addition to your holiday and there are so many places that are just perfect for taking dogs on beautiful walks meaning that they can enjoy the holiday just as much as you do. There are, of course, things to be aware of when it comes to taking a pet on holiday and before you set off you should make sure that you are properly prepared for any eventuality.
One of the popular roads that people take is what is known as the main tourist route going from the ferry ports down to the south coast via Troyes and Lyon. This route has many great places for dog walks as well as many places a short while away from the main AutoRoutes. Many places along this route are not only worth a visit but the dog will get a warm and friendly welcome from the people there which is often important when you are travelling with an animal. It is not pleasant to take your pet somewhere and end up feeling like you can’t enter civilisation with the animal in tow.
If you are travelling on the toll roads in France a handy tip is to get an auto route tag that will enable you to pass through the tolls without having to stop and you will be charged at a later date. This can help you to avoid spending lots of time stuck in traffic queues as you can pass through on the fast lane. This can be extremely handy especially because if you are travelling with a pet getting stuck for long periods of time can turn into a huge hassle.
It can add a new dimension to your holiday if rather than rushing to your destination you take your time and explore some more of the different sights along the way and having a pet with you can make this a necessity allowing you to discover what you may never have across otherwise.
There are also a good amount of dog friendly beaches in France where you can sunbathe while the dog can take a well-earned refreshing dip in the med.
Before you travel with a dog, or any other pet, it is a good idea to map out where the good dog walking spots are as well as where the closest veterinary clinics are. You should also be aware of good accommodation spots such as hotels and caravan parks that will welcome the pooch should you need to make an overnight stop.
There are of course a few requirements that must be met if you plan on taking animals to France from the UK. Your pet must be micro chipped. This makes good sense anyway in case you and your pet get separated for any reason.
Of course the authorities do not want animals from other countries bringing any kind of diseases into the country; therefore your pet must have had the correct vaccinations especially against rabies. This is a very important point to be aware of as this will need to be carried out at least 21 days before you travel.
It is also important to note the new laws for this year (2012) about pet passports whish are another requirement for bringing your animal into France. You should also make sure you are up to speed the procedures when it comes to passports, vaccinations, and blood tests.
Sanef Tolling are a UK based subsidiary of Sanef. They specialize in supplying drivers with Liber-t tags that enable convenient passage through the auto-routes of France. For More information on the liber-t tag visithttps://www.saneftolling.co.uk/support/driving-in-france


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