Instead of finding dog kennels or pet sitters while they're away, more
people are choosing to take their furry friends along with them,
And why not? What used to be a convenience offered by the occasional roadside hotel is now being touted by the industry -- even by luxury hotel chains -- as a clear incentive to book with them.
Along with a gourmet pet menu and room service, a number of pet-friendly hotels are also setting out the red carpet for pets of all stripes including dogs, cats, birds and mice!
Of course, post-COVID the growing pet travel industry has grown substantially as many of the home-bound have adopted pets during lockdown.
TIP: Empty-nesters and senior travelers have already become inseparable partners in their travel adventures. Ask them! They happen to be great sources of information for first timers who are traveling with pets. In most cases the advice you receive will be invaluable for embarking on a safe and fun travel adventure.
Tips & tricks to pet travel by car
Cats especially like all the comforts
of home, so be sure to bring along
their usual bed, blankets or toys.
Of course, you'll want to plan at least a few weeks before the big trip to make sure that your well-versed in pet-friendly vacations.
Like small children, pets are happiest when surrounded by remembrances of home so be sure to pack their usual feeding bowls, blankets, toys, and especially their favorite treats!
Bottles of fresh water also come in handy during your trip as pets, like people, tend to become dehydrated in cramped quarters while traveling.
If you think your cat or dog might be prone to motion sickness, your vet may be able to prescribe medication or a mild sedative to get them relaxed and ready to travel.
When traveling by car, it's SAFETY FIRST: Remember to always secure your pet or carrier with a special harness that attaches to the seat belt. If possible, also place them in the back seat for added protection in case of a minor accident or sudden stop.
Traveling with pets by air
• If traveling by air, try to choose a direct flight to minimize travel time for your pet, especially if this is their first travel adventure.
• If traveling internationally, remember to have all necessary paperwork ready before departure. This usually includes a health certificate stating that your pet is free of disease, fleas or ticks. If you uncertain about this requirement, ask your local vet to advise you. Most vets are also experts at helping you fill out the required forms.
• More requirements to watch for? If your dog is traveling in cargo, airlines require a sturdy, properly-sized pet crate. Also make sure that there is an attachable feeding and watering bowl that can be filled from the outside. (Place dry food in a plastic bag and tape it to the top of the crate. Readily accessible food makes it easier for crews to feed and water your pet in case there is a a long flight delay )
Most airlines will recommend a rigid plastic dog crate with a secure spring-loaded
proper ventilation, and affixed food and water containers. For more, click here.
• Also NOTE: most airlines will not accept pets as cargo at times when destinations are below freezing or above 85° F. This is to ensure your pet's safety in the event they are detained at an airport where holding areas may not be temperature-controlled. EXAMPLE: Plan ahead to avoid traveling by air with pets to Mexico in July, or to Canada in December!
• If you're thinking about flying in cabin with your pet, make sure their carrier is small enough to fit under the seat. (Most larger dogs will have to be crated and place in cargo - see above). If traveling with a certified service animal, call ahead to make sure your airline allows for it. Gone are the days when passengers could claim any 'comfort" pet to the green light to hop on board!
• In all, these are industry standards, but your best advice will come from your airline. If you have any questions about rules or requirements always call ahead to ensure a safe and secure trip for your cherished pet.
More about pet-friendly hotels & travel around the Web:
Just up ahead, discover more information on pet-friendly places for your travels, including dog friendly cities,
related hints on pet health and safety while on the road, along with listings of hotels that welcome
pets in the US and worldwide ...
petswelcome.com - A directory of more than 25,000 hotels, B&B's, ski resorts,
campgrounds, and beaches that are pet-friendly, along with tips
and tricks to helping Kitty or Rover become a seasoned traveler.
TravelPets - More info on what to expect before you take off on that trip
with your pet. Find pet-friendly lodging, tips, pictures, checklists
DogFriendly.com - Discover listings to everything from hotels and accommodations to
beaches, parks and dog runs in the U.S. and Canada, with at least
one link to a dog-friendly college dorm.