Holidays with pets can be fun
Basically, taking your pet abroad means pre-planning so that you can bring it back to the UK, in line with the legal requirements.
If you're entering the UK from the EU and listed non-EU countries, your pet needs to have been microchipped, vaccinated, and have the correct travel documentation. All dogs must be treated for tapeworm before entering the UK.
It's important to remember that even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination, it still needs to be vaccinated after the microchip's been fitted. There is no exemption to this requirement and the length of the waiting period before entry to the UK is 21 days after the first vaccination date.
In the UK
Obviously there are no such restrictions on taking your pet on holiday with you in the UK, assuming where you're staying is pet friendly.
Some seaside resorts ban dogs on beaches in the summer months, and campsites may also have restrictions.
Common sense and courtesy mean that dogs should be kept on leads where directed - particularly on public footpaths, through farmland and unfamiliar areas. Gates should be secured and mess cleared up and disposed of properly, not least because of the risk of such as lungworm to other dogs.
Unfortunately, a few irresponsible owners and breeders have contributed to a fear of dogs that means people are often wary of animals they don't know.
However, it's also fair to say that not everyone likes being jumped on, barking can be intensely irritating even if it is 'just saying hello'.
As for muddy pawprints, fur and hair - not the best way for non pet owners to remember your visit!
On the road
In the heat
Avoid walking your dog at the hottest time of the day between 11am and 3pm,and certainly don't go on a long hike. Try to avoid walking your dog on hot surfaces, as they can hurt their paw pads. Keep dogs' and cats' coats in good condition and have them trimmed if needed - it'll help them stay cool.
And finally, Battersea Dogs Home suggests making ice lollies for dogs by mixing their food with some water and freezing it in a plastic cup (obviously remove it from the cup before giving it to your dog).
As for cats, well they seem to spend their lives being cool anyway!