Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you? But when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window? Pets love to be included on a family trip. So if you're thinking of including your pet on your next family getaway, check out these good resources to help you plan:
Travel Planning: Our favorite resource is http://www.pettravel.com/. It offers lists of pet-friendly hotels, air travel restrictions – you name it.
Road trip? AAA has updated its ever-reliable lodging guide with pet friendly RV parks, camps, and vacation rentals. Go to www.aaa.com/petbook ---it has you covered, "from nose to tail".
Airline Travel: Where the rubber "leaves" the road—airline travel— with a pet can get complicated. One key bit of advice-- plan ahead, particularly if you are traveling out of the country. And if you are planning to travel with your pet in the cabin, you will not only need to have an approved carrier, but you will need to let the airlines know in advance. Did you know that your pet needs a passport when traveling abroad? Seriously! So make sure you have the proper paperwork ready.
Got Microchip? If your dog or cat isn't micro chipped, have your vet insert a 15 digit ISO Standard pet microchip. It will really come in handy if Fido decides to go explore on his own.
Our Handy Checklist:
•Collar with your current contact info on it.
•Pet carrier or crate, complete with identification.
•A leash and an extra collar. Make sure your pet isn't wearing a choke collar of any kind while traveling. Cats should have a safety collar….and leash. Under no circumstances should your cat run free.
•Extra sheets, blankets.
•Pet Food (plus can opener and spoon if needed) and portable dishes.
•Favorite chew toys and treats.
•Poop bags or portable litter tray.
•Disinfectant and carpet cleaner.
•If traveling by car, use a pet carrier pad and harness. In case of an accident, pets can be thrown around in the car and be injured themselves or others.
And for the long ride or rainy day, try one of our favorite books for dog lovers, "Planet of the Dogs" series for kids. It's two paws up!