Now that spring is in the air and the temperatures are creeping up, thoughts will invariably be turning to summer holidays with family and friends.

And with the changes in rules for pet passports, for many dog owners, it may be that Fido will get a look in on these travel plans too.

However, if you are thinking of taking your dog on holiday with you, especially if you intend to go abroad, it is vital to make the right preparations to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Speaking to The Dog Daily, vet Dr Louise Murray warned: "Deciding to travel with a dog is a commitment. If the idea of making sacrifices on vacation doesn't appeal to you, leave your pet at home."

Although regulations have been relaxed, there are still a number of requirements in place for taking pets abroad so make sure all the correct paperwork is in place before leaving home.

Secondly you will need to ensure that you have arranged accommodation that is dog-friendly. There are a number of hotels and self catered cottages that will welcome your pooch but make sure that your canine companion is well-behaved and clean while away as muddy paw prints on the carpet or turn furniture could see you incur added charges.

Dr Murray adds: "Encourage the trend of dog-friendly hotels by making sure your dog is a good ambassador. Don't allow it to chew the furniture or to sniff other guests in the lobby.

To make the stay as comfortable as possible for you pup take along their own dry dog food from home so your pooch's stomach isn't upset by sudden changes to their diet. It's also a good idea to take along you dog's own bedding and a selection of favourite toys as this will be reassuring for them when away from home.

Written by: Hannah