Summer Travel With Your Pet

08/03/16 at 12:24 PM | Published Under Travel with Pets by Sandy Robins

When you’re traveling with pets, whether you’re taking a day trip, or heading out on a two-week vacation, it takes the same amount of advance planning and preparation. It’s no different to traveling with small children!

If your vacation involves airline travel, there are several things to take into consideration. If it’s very hot, certain airlines may refuse to fly your pets “cargo class”, especially certain brachycephalic breeds (those with short noses). However, they will be fine if they are traveling “cabin class”.

This is not the time to look for the cheapest air ticket, which may involve several stops along the way. Air pressure affects pets too and a circuitous route means you could have delays somewhere along the line. When you are traveling with pets, the goal is to get there as quickly as possible.

It’s important to make a reservation for them at the time of making your own bookings because all airlines only allow a certain number of pets per flight in both economy and business class.

For pets 20 lbs and under, traveling in the cabin in a Sherpa airline approved carrier means that you will not be turned away at check-in because the carrier isn’t deemed suitable for travel. This is because these carriers all come with a Guaranteed on Board certification that ensures that should you be denied boarding due to your carrier, you will be refunded the cost of your airline flight and your pet airline travel fee. There is a simple form to fill out in order to register in advance of your travels. Ten major carriers within the US are registered with this program and you can find the relevant airline form here. http://www.flygob.com.

Whether you are flying or taking a road trip, it’s important that your pet is comfortable in her carrier so that it’s like a home-away-from-home. The best way to do this is to leave it lying around the home in advance of your trip for your pet to discover on her own. Also, be sure to take your pet’s favorite plush toy along. Anything from the Hear Doggy line is perfect because the ultrasonic squeakers won’t annoy other passengers as only dogs can hear them. Cats of course will always appreciate a comfort toy too, especially if it’s filled with catnip.

If you are planning to stay in an hotel, it’s equally important to plan in advance as pet friendly establishments usually have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms and they tend to go fast in high season.

And if you are planning on staying with family and friends, it’s important to ensure that your pet will be welcome in their home. Many incumbent pets do not like canine or felines visitors on their turf. And, if they do put out the welcome mat, make sure you take everything you need with you so your pet is not an imposition 

Crate mats like the BedZzz line can double up and be used as a travel bed at your destination. Be sure to take your pet’s favorite food along too as dogs and cats like continuity in their diet. Further, ensure you don’t leave medications behind, and, if you are heading to a beach or a lake, a flotation device is also a good idea as not all dogs are strong swimmers. And make sure your pet’s ID tag is readable and the information is up to date. Proper ID is a lost pet’s ticket home.

Finally, don’t forget to post your holiday photos to Instagram so friends and family can enjoy them too.

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