ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pet Friendly Vacations: Don't Leave Your Furry Friend at Home!

Updated on April 6, 2013

Tips for Traveling with Your Pets

Everyone needs a vacation now and then, and if you have a four-legged member of your family, you might want to take him or her along for the fun, too. After all, what pet wants to stay at home in a kennel while their people go off for fun and adventure? Most cities have pet-friendly hotels, so you just need to do a little planning to find a place that will accept you and your pet(s). Here are some tips that will help you plan for your pet friendly vacation.

Whenever I'm getting ready to go somewhere and pick up my car keys, my dog starts dancing around the house, hoping that I'm going to take her along. She loves any chance to go for a ride. She's the only dog I've ever had that actually DOESN'T like to stick her head out the window while driving, but she still loves to go in the car. Most dogs do. But most cats and some canines aren't keen on car travel. So if your pet friendly vacation involves a road trip, here are some tips.

1. Take a practice run. If you've never had your cat or dog in the car (or if you have and know they don't like it), get your pet used to being in the car by taking short drives around town. Gradually increase the amount of time in the car so your furry friend will be used to the car by the time you're ready for your road trip.

2. Keep your pet secure. The ASPCA recommends keeping your pet in a well-ventilated carrier or crate in the car, but you can also get harnesses to keep your pets safe while traveling. It's good to have both options available.

3. Pet I.D. - don't leave home without it! Your pet probably already has a name tag with your contact information on it, but if you're traveling, it's a good idea to have a temporary tag made that will also include your cell phone number or other temporary contact information. And microchipping is a great way to make sure your pet is never without identification.

4. Bring a travel kit. Your pet may not need an entire suitcase like other members of the family, but don't forget to bring along the essentials, such as food, water, medication or first aid supplies, and bags and a scoop for waste removal. It's also a good idea to carry proof of your pet's rabies and other vaccinations.

For more tips on traveling, see the ASPCA's Car Travel Tips.

Taking Your Pet on an Airline

If you're going to fly the friendly skies

Sometimes your vacation destination may be too far to drive and you'll need to fly. I've known two people who have had problems with pets escaping from their kennels at an airport, but fortunately both of them had happy endings. To avoid similar problems when you're flying with your pet on a commercial jet, here are five tips:

1. Get a health certificate from your veterinarian within 10 days of departure and make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations.

2. Be sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag that includes your regular home contact information, as well as contact information for you at your destination. This information should also be on your pet's crate. Also, it's a good idea to carry a photo of your pet.

3. Make sure your pet's crate is clearly labeled with the words "Live Animal" in letters at least one inch tall and draw large arrows to prominently indicate the upright position of the crate. Be sure to latch the door securely, but don't lock it -- in case of emergency, you want to be sure airline personnel will be able to open it. Finally, line the crate bottom with some type of disposable, absorbent bedding in case of accidents.

4. Try to book the most direct flight possible. This will mean less flying time for both you and your pet and will decrease the chances that your pet will end up getting lost in the middle of your trip.

5. Place a frozen bowl of water in your pet's crate. The ice will prevent the water from spilling during loading, but it will melt by the time your pet is thirsty.

You might also want to consider sending your favorite four-legged friend on Pet Airways, a pets-only airline where all the furry passengers ride in the cabin, not in the cargo hold. You may need to do an extra bit of scheduling to coordinate the arrival of your flight with the arrival of your pet's flight, but the peace of mind and comfort for your animal might be worth it.

For more tips on flying with your four-legged friends, see the ASPCA Air Travel Tips.

Dog Lover's Companion Guidebooks - Tips on places to go with your pet

Do You Take Pet-Friendly Vacations?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • lclchors profile image

      lclchors 

      6 years ago

      If the heat permits Harry goes everywhere with me and when it is too hot I travel at night

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)