Veterinarian In every villa there is a information folder with telephone numbers and addresses of good veterinarians in the area. A peace of mind!
Dog boarding You would like to spend a day in Barcelona but the dog can not join? There is a fine dog guesthouse near where the dog can safely stay.
Dog friendly beach The Rubina beach in Empuriabrava is 100% dog friendly! A beautiful area for beautiful walks together with the dog.
Restaurants Dogs are welcome in different restaurants, this is always the case on the outdoor terrace.
Preparing for the holiday with your pet
To Vet & Check the Passport In Spain a pet passport and valid Rabies vaccination is mandatory. Your veterinarian can also inform you about other preventive measures against eg ticks. Do not wait too long for this so that there is sufficient time that vaccinations, or resources have been worked into.
Check the travel insurance Most travel insurance policies cover medical expenses for the travel party, but not for the dog! Still useful to close this extra.Also check whether the liability insurance offers cover for damage and / or accidents abroad. (caused by the dog)
Ensure good identification A registered chip is required in Spain. Convenient to provide the dog with an identification tag (on collar) with mobile number & holiday address.
Tip: Buy a fluorescent collar! This is obvious, and it is immediately known that it is not a stray dog.
Wash & Care Extra care before the holiday starts is pleasant. Cut nails and brush the dog. Blunt nails do less damage in a strange environment when they accidentally scratch a door.
Check the dog for fleas always before departure!
Avoid a stressful journey
The car trip to the Costa Brava is easy to do, especially if the dog is used to it. Make sure the trip is well organized, this prevents extra tension.
Eat Drink Give the dog less food before leaving than normal, the rest can be during intermediate stops. Let the dog drink enough!
Tip: A freeze bone is ideal! This bone is perforated. Freeze before departure, it becomes a kind of dog ice cream. The dog gets water dispensed gradually over time and he also has something to do.
On the way Take breaks and take short walks. Book a pet friendly hotel in a timely manner.
Overheating in the car NEVER leave your dog alone in the car. At outside temperatures of 22 degrees it can get very hot in the car! (+40!)
Tips for during the holidays
Arrival Go with the dog to explore the new area, and choose a fixed outlet.
Eat Drink Bring your own food, the dog does not have to get used to other food. Tap water in Spain can simply be drunk.
To sleep Bring your own blanket or dog basket! The dog gets used to the new environment more quickly.
Home alone Avoid leaving home alone on holiday as much as possible. The dog must first become familiar with his new environment.
Climate High temperatures can be uncomfortable for the dog, especially if he is not used to it. Provide shade and sufficient water.
Beach Go to the beach with the dog! Empuriabrava has a special dog beach (Rubina). A nice place where the dog can romp & run free