You’re ready to get out of town for a little R & R, but you’re uncertain whether traveling with your dog in tow will provide either of those Rs. For the well-prepared dog owner, traveling with a pet is a fun and rewarding experience.
If staying with friends at your destination, don’t assume your dog is welcome in their home. Ask your hosts if the dog may tag along, and if so, where he’ll be staying so you can better prepare. If pets are a no-no, consider finding a kennel in the area so you can still spend time with Fido while being respectful of your friends’ wishes.
If staying in a hotel, look online for hotels that allow pets. Hotels are putting out welcome mats for dogs and their owners more than ever.
If flying to your destination, check your airline’s Web site for regulations when traveling with a dog. Make any necessary arrangements in advance with the airline, including the fee for your dog, which can vary depending on the dog’s size and weight.
If driving, consider a safety harness for your dog if you don’t have one. Check online for parks en route for a game of fetch along the way.
Check with your veterinarian regarding any special considerations. Depending on where you’re headed, your dog may need deworming pills or additional vaccinations. For air travel, you’ll likely need a health certificate from your vet, as well.
Jot down the name and phone number of a veterinarian at your destination. Though you may never use this information, you’ll want to have it in case of an emergency.
Print out this list to ensure you don’t forget anything:
Now that you’re on your way, remember these key points for a carefree trip:
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