Eurotunnel Le Shuttle believes pets are part of the family and deserve a holiday too. Here are our top tips for ensuring you and your furry friend enjoy a stress-free crossing…
1. Passports please…
Thanks to the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), travelling abroad with your pet is easier than ever! Before your pet boards Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, they will need to have a Pet Passport, up-to-date rabies vaccinations and be microchipped – which is now a legal requirement for dogs (from 12 weeks old) in the UK. Tick treatments are no longer compulsory; however, it is always advised to check with your vet regarding diseases carried by ticks and mosquitos and find out what you can do to protect your pet. Don’t forget, one to five days before you return to the UK you must visit a vet for your dog to be checked and given a tapeworm treatment and make sure the vets signs and stamps the pet passport
Plus, with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle it’s only £18 per pet each way for the short 35 minute crossing where you are your canine companion can stay together for the entire journey. There’s also dedicated pet exercise areas with complimentary waste bags and a 24-hour pet reception with trained staff – it’s no wonder that 71% of pets entering the UK choose Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.
2. Pet holiday insurance
Just like us, our four-legged friends need some form of holiday insurance should anything happen whilst you’re away. Contact your pet insurance provider as some policies include overseas travel whereas others will require you to add in an extra clause to cover the trip. Why not check out Eurotunnel Le Shuttle’s personal travel insurance which includes up to £200 for veterinary fees.
3. Lay off the kibble
Avoid feeding your pet right before the journey. Although there is minimal movement once you’re on-board the shuttle, your furry friend’s nerves could get the better of them! Pack some small snacks for your pet to enjoy once you arrive in France and bring some home comforts such as their favourite blanket or toy.
If you know your pet gets particularly nervous when travelling or in unfamiliar environments, also talk to your vet about calming treatments before you travel.
4. Arrive early
Arrive at least half an hour early before you board. This will allow your pet time to go to the toilet and stretch their legs in the dedicated pet exercise area. On your return to England with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you will need to visit the Pet Reception area for the relevant pet checks before you check in. There’s a dedicated pet area here too and on peak dates, a drive through service.
5. Have a safe trip
Whenever travelling with your pet in your car it is always a good idea to ensure they have a seatbelt, harness or pet carrier for security. During the crossing, furry friends must stay in your car. A harness or carrier will prevent your pet from putting themselves in danger if they try to make a run for it when you open the car door.
6. Keep cool
Even in the cooler months, open your car windows slightly when on-board the shuttle for ventilation and let your pet sit in the rear seats. If you have an estate or hatchback car, staff on board the shuttle are happy for you to open the boot of your car for ventilation. Remember never leave your dog unattended in the car on a hot day.
7. Catch forty winks
Whether your pet is in a carrier or just strapped to your seat, have a blanket or bed handy so they can be comfortable and warm during the crossing. They may even fall asleep for the whole 35-minutes!
8. Stay hydrated
Make sure you pack a water bottle and pop-up bowl so your four-legged friend has access to plenty of drinking water during the journey.
9. In case of an emergency…
Again, your pet’s nerves could get the better of them so always have an ‘emergency kit’ handy in case of any accidents. This should include paper towels, pet wet wipes and poo bags. And a car air freshener!
10. Always better together
Don’t leave your pet alone in your car during the crossing, especially if they’re a nervous traveller. If you’re travelling with your family, partner or in a group, take turns stretching your legs so that someone is always sitting with them.