Bringing Your Dog To Mallorca, Spain

Written by: Hollie Mantle

If you’ve decided to expatriate abroad and live life as the envy of friends and family back home, one of the trickiest parts of the decision can be exactly how to bring along your furry friend.

First off there’s the struggle finding pet friendly accommodations, then there’s choosing an area with decent walks, on top of dealing with all the documentation. It can be a very time consumptive process that most of us dread.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGetting there:

A one way trip is generally much easier than bringing your pet two ways, as the UK quarantine system can be very strict. Having the correct documentation in order before you set off will make life much easier for the both of you once you arrive. To get your pet the EU passport he or she will need for the journey, you’ll need to complete the following stages:

 

  1. Sort your pet out with a microchip.
  2. Get him or her vaccinated against rabies and ensure your vet provides you with documented proof.
  3. Apply for a pet passport with an Official Veterinarian.
  4. Treat your pet for parasites.

The process for getting an EU pet passport can take as long as six months, so make sure you prepare well in advance. Your kitten or puppy will need to be 3 months old before traveling.

Travelling by Ferry

 The ferry journey is generally considered to be easier on pets, especially those not in the peak of health. Most of the ferry companies provide reasonable facilities and kennels and will allow you to visit your pet during the journey.

Acciona Trasmediterranea is one of the more commonly used companies for the journey between Barcelona and Majorca. The cost per pet is 15 euros, with an extra 5 needed to secure a padlock for the kennels. This journey takes around seven hours in total, but you will be permitted to take your pet for a walk on the deck, and visit it as often as you wish during this time. Please do note, however, that you will be expected to provide food and a water bowl.

Travelling by plane

Each airline has their own individual policy on flying pets across the water. Low budget airlines are less likely to permit even small dogs, and will generally only budge for guide dogs. Other companies will charge fees depending on the size of your dog, and it can be very expensive. Pets ride with the cargo, which can make some animal owners uncomfortable. Companies such as Animal Airlines, however, organise flights where you do not have to be parted from your pet, but these do come with an accompanying large price tag.

Information by area:

Palma

Hotels

Hotel Can Pastilla welcomes pets at reasonable rates; just 15 euros per day per pet or 10 euros per pet if they weigh in at under 4 kilos. Hotel Horizonte also has a pet-welcome policy and will allow you to bring your furry friend along for 10 euros for small dogs, and 20 euros for larger dogs (prices per night). Pets are not permitted to enter the restaurant or pool area in either of these hotels.

Restaurants

The French Coffee Shop is renowned for being pet-friendly and serves an array of fantastic pastries, breads, and provides easy parking close by. Bon Lloc in Palma (Calle Saint Feliu) is a vegan restaurant which sources all of its food locally and allows pets to wander freely. They have a daily changing 4-course lunch menu.

Beaches and walks

Animal beach near Palma is pet-friendly, (although, despite the name, does not widley advertise this fact). If you’re looking for nature walks, Dog Hiking Majorca organizes dog and owner charity hikes around the island, and they check routes beforehand to ensure you’re not stepping foot on dog-unfriendly territory.

 Alcudia

Hotels

Iberostar Albufera Park in nearby Playa de Muro comes highly recommended, as they provide beds, food bowls, toys and also guides on local walks; saving you some extra luggage space. Holiday Apartments Ses Dalies is another good bet if you’re going to be taking your time hunting for somewhere more permanent and don’t fancy having to eat out for your meals.

Restaurants

There aren’t any specifically dog-friendly bars and restaurants to note in this area, but a general rule of thumb is that if a cafe or restaurant has an outside seating area or terrace, it’s unlikely they will turn you away if your dog is well behaved and you speak to the waiting staff.

Beaches and walks

The more well-known pet friendly beach on the island is Pollenca in the north near Alcudia. Some visitors to the area complain that the designated pet area is slightly on the small side, but there are benches and a shaded tree area, so if you’re looking to play catch or let your pet run around while you have a relaxing break, this is the best place to take them. Other than that, dogs will generally be prohibited except on the promenades.

Alcudia is brimming with historic ruins that will make your walks around the area more exciting (at least for you, if not your pooch). The Roman City of Pollentia, located to the south of the historical quarter, is one place you’re both guaranteed to enjoy exploring whilst getting a taste of life in 1st century AD with the roman theatre and ruins of roman houses.

Cala Millor

Hotelscala millor

A few hotels in the area which are notably pet-friendly are the Hiphotels chain (such as the Hiphotels Bahia Grande Aparthotel), or the Sentido at Playa del Moro and Saturno hotel. Bringing pets will incur a surcharge but this is very rarely anything above 20 euros for larger dogs.

Beaches and walks

There are no animal-designated beaches in this area. Instead, you might try Punta de n’Amer or, where you can find similar terrain for your pet to enjoy in the nature reserve that surrounds the beautiful 17th century watch tower situated there. For information about other suitable nature areas in this area, check here for more details.

Restaurants

It is not uncommon to see people in the area with dog beds under the tables in restaurants, and the attitude to dogs is generally very relaxed.

One last thing… The word for pet in Spanish is animales domésticos or mascota. Best of luck!

Ever experienced bringing a pet to Majorca? Let us know!

 

 

 

 

The Road, the Camp and the Walk: Travel Gadgets for Your Dog

Written By:  Luke Rees

dog caravanTravelling with pets can be a daunting prospect: to add to the stress of navigating the roads and finding suitable food and accommodation, you’re also stuck looking after an unpredictable, and sometimes unwelcome, travel companion.

Nevertheless, a pet is part of the family and you wouldn’t want to leave them behind whilst everyone else is away having fun! For those who can’t bear to leave their furry friend at home or at the kennel, here are seven cool gadgets to keep your pet entertained and safe.

In the Car

Sleepypod’s Clickitsleepypod

A dog is one of the family, therefore why wouldn’t you want your furry buddy to be just as safe as a human during a long car journey? The Clickit Utility dog safety harness provides that peace of mind.

Named the 2013 Top Performing Pet Safety Harness in a collaborative study to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses in vehicle collisions, the design is a similar concept to the three-point seatbelt, but with broad padded vest to keep your dog comfortable.

The price varies between $89 and $99 depending on the size of your dog.

HomeoPet Travel Anxiety Reliefhomeopet

If you’re dog often gets sick during long journeys then this homeopathic remedy could be the solution. The non-sedating liquid provides temporary relief from motion sickness, fear of travel including cars, boats, trains, and airplanes.

It can be used to treat vomiting, drooling, panting, restlessness and other unwanted behaviours associated with travel, and costs around $16.

 At the Campsite

Taking your dog camping or caravanning can be a great experience: you get to show them the real outdoors and are likely to create some wonderful lasting memories.

Mark Bebb, managing director of Salop Leisure, a West Midlands caravan dealership, loves to take his dog Pepper with him on camping holidays and has some valuable advice: ‘Dogs are the perfect camping companion, but you need to prepare them for the trip. Dogs become stressed easily when faced with unfamiliar surroundings and so set up the tent in the garden, or spend a night in the caravan before you go, just to get your dog comfortable with the prospect of camping for real!’

The Rein Coatrein coat

Dogs can be easily spooked, especially when in unfamiliar surroundings, and this product provides a little extra comfort whilst they’re away from home.

When a puppy is under the care of his dog mother, the mum will lift the puppy off the ground in order to calm him down. The Rein Coat is designed to replicate this experience: the loose fitting coat triggers oxytocin to be released in your pet’s brain, which reduces fear and anxiety.

This is a great one to bring out if there’s ever a thunder storm in the tent! Prices range between $60 and $150.

Sleepypod Warmerwarmer

If you like to camp or caravan with your pet, the nights can often get a bit chilly. For those who prefer to not have to snuggle up to their furry friend for warmth, the Sleepypod is a low wattage warmer designed to maintain a toasty 102°F (39°C) all night long.

It’s completely sealed and so perfectly safe when damp inside, and also comes with various international plug adapters. This means you can travel the world in your caravan or RV, and you’re furry buddy will never catch a cold! Price comes in at $64.99.

Wi-Fi Pet Monitor Camerapet monitor

Ever wondered what you’re dog gets up to after hours? Through a wi-fi connection, the Motorola Scout 1 Wi-Fi Video Pet Monitor Camera provides two-way communication, allowing you to hear and speak to your pet remotely whilst in different compartment of your caravan or RV.

It displays the room temperature and provides alerts if it’s too hot or too cold for your pet and can also play soothing music if they’re having trouble relaxing. The free app that goes along with it also allows you to record video and take snapshots of your pet’s embarrassing nightly antics!

Get yours for around $80.

Out and About

FFD Fou-StickFFD

Pet skin isn’t quite as tough and protective as many people think. Although stronger than human skin, paws can still become chapped in cold weather, or burnt on hot ground.

If you’re planning on travelling anywhere with an extreme climate it might be worth bringing along a stick of FFD Pet Balm for extra protection. The Fou-Stick rubs on like any other moisturizer and protects paws from snow, salt and sleet and can also help with dry chapped noses.

Get them for just $4.99.

Dog Tracker Plusdog buddy app

It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare to lose their dog whilst on a walk – the chances of doing so are also increased when travelling in unfamiliar surroundings. The Dog Tracker Plus is one of the best pieces of technology for ensuring peace of mind – it’s even been tried and tested by the armed forces!

The collar is fitted with a GPS device which can be tracked from an app on your phone. If you’re dog goes out of sight you can use the app to see their exact location, speed and direction of travel, allowing you to see exactly what they’re up to. Set electronic boundaries and never let your dog be led astray by any curious smells, or squirrels!

See here for details on pricing.

Dog Buddy Free – My Dog File App

This free app is essentially your doggie diary. Available for iPhone and iPod Touch, Dog Buddy allows you to record the milestones of your dog’s life, add pictures, and also track your dogs’ weight veterinary, medications, vaccinations and allergies.

You also don’t need to be connected to the internet to browse information, post updates or even add photos from your travels, and so you can share pics of your dog wherever you are. Remember, dogs are social animals too!

 

Luke is a travel writer from London. He owns a black Labrador who he occasionally takes camping in the woods – she’s an awesome companion!