Holiday time

It is time for a break, are you going on holiday!? Perhaps far away to a sunny destination or in our own country to a camping or bungalow park. Are you taking your dog with you? Are your neighbours taking care of your pet rabbit? Is your cat going to a boarding house?

If you are staying in the Netherlands or going abroad, you have to make sure your pet has a good holiday too. There are many different options to do this. Below you will find information about these different options, hopefully you will then be able to enjoy your holiday carefree.

Staying at home or boarding?

If you have decided to leave your pet at home there are a few things you need to know.

You can leave your pet at home, but somebody has to take care of it. For rabbits, rodents and birds this can be relatively ease. They can usually cope quite well without your special attention for a few weeks. If they are fed on a daily basis and provided with fresh drinking water, attention and a clean cage they will be fine.

For a cat or dog the situation is a little bit different. Cats can manage for about a week with somebody just coming in to feed them and provide a clean litter box. If you are going away for a longer period of time, somebody has to come in a few times a week to spend some more time with your cat. Your cat needs attention/play time. Some cats can be very upset when their owner leaves for a holiday and can stop eating. Your cat sitter has to watch out for things like that.

Dogs need more care, they should stay with somebody who can take care of your dog all day. They need more attention and have to be taken out for regular walks.

Leave careful instructions for your pet sitter. They need to know who your veterinarian is for example. Make a notice with all important information.


  • Address and phone number of your veterinarian
  • Your sitter has to be able to pay for possible veterinarian costs. You could leave some money for this and also for cost of extra food or litter pearls if necessary.
  • The address  and phone number of the place you are staying at. If you are staying in different places, inform the sitter of this.
  • Expected date of return
  • Phone numbers of friends or family in case of emergency
  • Instruction for medication
  • Instructions about how to feed your pet

Pet boarding

If your pet is going into boarding there are also a few things to know. Make your reservations on time, some pet boarding centres can fill up quickly especially in summer holiday periods or Christmas.

  • Make a clear appointment on when you are bringing your pet in, and when you will be picking it up.
  • When making the reservation ask for specific vaccination requirements. Every boarding facility has its own rules and regulations.
  • For some boarding houses a registered microchip is also required. Please check this as well when making reservations for your pet.
  • If your pet has a specific diet ask the facility if you can bring this yourself, or if they provide in special requirements.
  • Leave the information of your veterinarian with the boarding house. Often they work together with their own veterinarian, but it can be useful to have aces to specific information about your pets health.
  • Ask in advance what rules there are if extra costs have to be made.
  • Leave your holiday address and phone number behind so you can be contacted in case of emergency during your holiday. \
  • You can also leave a phone number of a friend or relative
  • leave instruction about medication of applicable.


Taking your pet on holiday IN the Netherlands

You may also be able to take your pet with you on holiday. A dog, rabbit, bird or rodent can easily come with you, for cats this can be more difficult as they tend to be very attached to their home environment.

There may be specific rules for your pet to be allowed to come with you to your holiday address. Always check if you can take your pet with you when making the reservations, and if there are any extra regulations applicable.

If your pet can come with you on holiday take some things from home with you. For a dog this can be a water/food bowl their own basket and some toys. For a bird or rabbit, take their own cage and bedding etc. Always take enough food for the trip, and medication if necessary.  You may also take a history from your veterinarian with you, if your pet has specific medical needs.

Domestic diseases

Within the Netherlands there are also some diseases to watch out for. These are mainly parasitic diseases and more specifically ticks. These are even found in the city centre of Amsterdam!

Taking your pet on holiday OUTSIDE of the Netherlands

If you are planning on taking your pet (dog/cat) with you to a foreign country outside of the Netherlands there are some things you have to take care of. For every country there are specific rules and regulations, you have to check these on the website of the LICG ( Europe/outside of Europe =link) , or contact the embassy of the specific country.

The standard rules:

  • Registered microchip
  • A valid Rabies vaccination given a minimum of 21 days before travel
  • European pet passport
  • A health certificate signed by an official veterinarian in the Pet passport.

If your pet can come with you, try to bring some familiar objects. An example for dogs could be their water/food bowl and a blanked.

Does your pet have a specific disease/diet don’t forget to bring a medical history from your veterinarian, you can ask us to print this out for you. If anything happens during your travels, you have all the information with you for the treating veterinarian.

Parasites and diseases in/from abroad.

In many foreign countries there are different types of diseases that are transmitted by parasites or insect. On the general information page you can read more about the different parasites applicable.

  • Ticks ( Babesia, Ehrlicha and Lyme disease)
  • Heartworm
  • Leishmaniasis

Our veterinary nurses can also assist you over the phone or at our front desk, to advise you in the optimal protection of your pet, against parasites that are endemic in the area that you are traveling to.