Tips for Traveling
With Your Pet
Traveling with pets is anything
but easy. There are many conflicting rules and regulations
that you must sort through in order take your pet along. Here
are a few tips to try and help make your trip planning easier.
Most major airlines will allow
small pets, usually less than 20 pounds, in the passenger cabin.
There are however exceptions to this rule so you will have to call
the airline directly to find out what their regulations may be.
With all airlines the pet must be in an approved carrier that fits
underneath the seat in front of you and it is considered to be one
of your carry-on items. The pet must be at least eight weeks
old and it will cost a minimum of $50 each way. Larger dogs
must go in the hold with luggage and the fees vary. There are
some airlines that will not take checked pets at all. Some
airlines have restrictions on the time of the year and will not
allow checked animals when the temperatures are drastic. You
will usually need a health certificate signed by your
veterinarian as well as proof of current rabies vaccination.
The required paperwork will vary by state. The number of animals per
flight is limited so you must make reservations in advance.
Since all airline regulations vary be sure to get all of the details
from the airline you are traveling with and read the fine print.
The last thing you need to to show up at the airport with your
beloved pet and you can't get on the plane.
If you are traveling in the car
with your pet it is a good idea to use a seat belt. It simply
attaches to the harness or the kennel. If your dog gets car
sick talk to your veterinarian there are drugs available that will
help. Remember never leave you animal in the car
in the warm weather even if you open the windows. Always have
water available in the car. Remember bags to pick up after you
There are many pet friendly hotels that are available but again
policies vary. Some hotels require an additional
cleaning fee or a damage deposit while others have no restrictions
at all. There could be a weight restriction or your barking
dog could be a present an issue in some locations. There are
hotels that provide a animal wing while some others refer pets to
smoking rooms. Other pet friendly hotels provide treats, pet
massages and pet psychic consultations. You can purchase a directory
called Traveling with your Pet, created by AAA, that will
give a detailed list of pet friendly hotels and campgrounds.
In addition, it will include the policies for each.
Be sure to check that once you arrive at you destination your furry
friend will be able to enjoy the visit. Beaches and parks are
a top spot for excursions with dogs however most do not allow free
reign. In fact, many resort towns have ordinances against dogs
on the beach. You can find some in North Carolina that allow
animals on the beach. Many national parks have designated
areas for pets in the parking lot or at campgrounds. So be
sure to do your homework before going on your adventure.