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Take Your Pets on Vacation - Dogs and Cats Need a Getaway Too

February 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 170

When most people think about going on vacation, they start to think about contacting that relative or friend to ask them to dog or cat sit. But some of us have a hard time leaving our pets behind and would love to take them if we could. For those who feel that way, don't distress! All members of the family can go with the right planning.

Can I Bring My Pet on a Plane?

If your pet fits in a small carrier and can fit comfortably under an airline seat, it can travel as a carry-on. Try Southwest. They are very pet friendly with a low cost for carry-ons compared to other airlines. If not able to fit in a carrier, then your pet will need to travel as checked luggage or cargo. Usually, checked luggage is limited to 50 pounds. If over 50 pounds, then some airlines allow your pet to travel as cargo to be dropped off in a separate location in the airport. This may sound insensitive to treat your pet as luggage, but rest assured that all cargo areas are temperature-controlled and pressurized. However, it can be expensive, so plan accordingly!

What About Bringing Pets to a Hotel?

Most hotels claim to be pet friendly, but there are things you should be aware of. Depending upon the hotel, there could be weight limits and required security deposits. Also, local laws can prohibit certain types of pets within their geographical locale. The best thing to do is to call ahead and make sure there are no restrictions on bringing your pet.

Taking Your Pet Along for Part of the Trip

If you want to do some things on your next vacation without your pet, some hotels do allow you to leave your pet unattended. But if you do this, make sure to notify housekeeping and crate the animal while you're gone. If the hotel does not allow your pet to remain alone in the room, ask your hotel if they have information on any local pet sitters, or contact PetSmart which offers doggy day care and overnight programs. You can also check out which may provides a list of pet sitters in the area where you're traveling.

Don't Forget the Rabies Vaccination Certificate!

This one is essential if your pet needs medical attention while you're away. Just to be safe in the event of any unforeseen events (e.g. your pet getting bitten by another animal), pack an updated copy of your pet's rabies vaccination certificate to show the out-of-town vet upon your visit.

Follow these little tips to keep you and your pet happy on your next vacation!

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