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Since my husband is travelling with one of our labs this weekend, it made me think about how many other pet parents take their pets along with them when they travel.  Here are some tips and resources for travelling with your pet.   Did you know there is even a new pets-only airline?  Scroll down to the bottom for the link. 

In the United States alone, over 60 million households have one or more pets. Pet owners in 15 million of those households travel with their pet, and the majority stay in pet-friendly lodging. Fortunately, pet friendly hotels, condos and vacation home rentals do exist. If you will be traveling with your pet, here are some pet friendly tips to remember for safe and trouble-free travel.
1 – When you make your reservation, double-check that pets are allowed. An important advantage of reserving online is that you can see – in writing – whether or not pets are permitted and any restrictions. Online, you can print out your reservation receipt that includes the “pets allowed” information. Verbal reservations leave more room for misunderstanding and miscommunication. If reserving by telephone, ask the reservation person to mail you a confirmation receipt that includes the pets allowed information.
2 – Is your pet an experienced traveler? If not, you should begin getting your pet more accustomed to traveling. Begin by making your car a fun place for your pet. Get in the car with them, play with them, and give them a treat have them enjoy being there with you. Then take a short drive with them. Gradually increase the length of time and distance that you drive with them. Before making a long trip with your pet, the idea is to have them comfortable with being in the car for extended periods of time.

3 – Remember that securing your pet while traveling in the car is crucial for their safety and yours. Consider purchasing a dog safety harness for your pet to use while traveling in the car. If you have a station wagon or SUV, you can purchase a vehicle barrier that keeps your pet confined to the rear area. They are usually sold at pet stores or are available online.
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Remember to bring an adequate supply of your pet’s food & favoriate treats – they may not be available at your destination and a sudden change could bring on an upset stomach.  We always pack Life’s Abundance dog food & treats.

Pet Airways, a pet-only airline dedicated to pet-friendly travel.  With Pet Airways, your pet will be safe and comfortable flying in the main cabin — not in cargo!

Search for pet-friendly hotels at OfficialPetHotels.com

Looking for a dog park at your destination?  Try www.dogpark.com

 

Traveling with pets and staying in pet friendly lodging can be lots of fun – after all, your pet is part of your family too. Just using common sense and planning ahead makes for an enjoyable and surprise-free vacation.

Leave a comment & tell me about your experiences travelling with your pets, or share other pet-friendly travel resources!

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