Get Relief From Your
Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms

Need to see some sunshine this
winter, but worried a long vacation abroad is too much upheaval for your pets?
Find out how easy it is to take them with you.

1 in 5 Brits
experiences Seasonal
Affective Disorder
, also known as SAD. This condition is known to
begin in early autumn, causing a lack of energy, disruption of sleep patterns
and a change in appetite. It gets progressively worse during the coldest,
darkest months of the year – usually in the New Year, but then symptoms can
disappear completely over the spring and summer seasons. One solution to
dealing with SAD is to move abroad to a warmer climate during the winter, then
return for the summer – an arrangement known as mouseholing
between home and abroad. Those with pets can simply take them along as part of
the family. Read on for advice on how to do so.

Preparation

Cats and
dogs are perhaps the easiest pets to transport abroad, although it may be
possible to take other animals such as rabbits and rodents with you as well.
Always check the regulations of the destination you’re travelling to, so that
you can be sure of the specific requirements.

In most
cases, you will need to begin by visiting your vet so that they can carry out a
health check of your pet, and administer any necessary vaccinations. These will
then be recorded in your pet’s passport. Your dog or cat will also need to have
an ISO 11784 compliant, 15-digit pet microchip, so that it can easily be
tracked.

Travelling Abroad

If you’re
planning on mouseholing to Europe for the winter, then you have a number of
options for your pet travel. Your dog or cat can travel with you by car, ferry
or Eurotunnel which means that you’ll be able to stay together with your furry
friend, eliminating any distress. Many owners find it’s a good idea to make
sure that their pet has had a decent stretch of their legs before the journey
so that they don’t have too much energy built-up before the trip.

Of course,
if you’re travelling further afield or just prefer to fly by plane due to the
convenience, then it’s also possible to have your pet take a flight to your
destination instead. You can fly on the same plane, but it’s important to note
that your pet won’t be allowed in the cabin, they’ll be safely housed below in
a container in the hold area of the aircraft.

Returning To The UK

When you
know that you’ll be coming back to the UK within a few months, it’s important
to make sure that everything is in place so that your pet can return easily
without needing to be in quarantine. Those pets who don’t follow the stringent
government pet
travel
rules, will be required to stay in quarantine for up to 4
months. To avoid this lengthy residency, your pet will need a rabies injection,
a pet passport or ‘third-country official vet’s certificate’, a microchip and
usually proof of tapeworm treatment. It’s also imperative that your pet arrives
back in the UK no more than 5 days before or after your own journey.  

Pet travel
is so much easier than it used to be thanks to the introduction of the pet
passport system – no longer do you need to feel confined to the UK if you can’t
afford lengthy boarding facilities. So, if you can’t bear the thought of
another winter dealing with your SAD symptoms, then why not move your family
and pets abroad until the sun shines once more upon the UK?