5 Tips for Flying with Your Pet


Make Sure Your Destination is Pet-Friendly

Check with your hotel or lodging to ensure it's pet-friendly.
Check with your hotel or lodging to ensure it's pet-friendly.
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­Unless you're traveling with a helper animal or seeing-eye dog, you may find that your pet is not welcome where you're staying on vacation. Don't assume your pet will be allowed in your hotel room. Instead, make this possibility a part of your travel planning. It will prevent you and your pet from encountering any unpleasant surprises when you arrive.

Some simple Web searches can help you in your pet travel planning. Web sites like DogFriendly.com are dedicated to rating destinations and hotel chains by their pet-friendliness. The American Automobile Association (AAA) often conducts surveys of top pet-friendly cities, based on the number of pet-friendly hotels. To make your planning even easier, most hotels have their pet policy listed on their Web sites [source: Long].

When traveling abroad, you should call the consulate or embassy at your destination to find out details on the nation's pet quarantine policy. Animals living in different parts of the world may carry different diseases they've become immune to, but when animals that haven't developed immunity are exposed, a deadly outbreak can occur. As a result, many nations and territories have strict quarantine policies. Even in the U.S. state of Hawaii, pets that don't meet the state's import requirements may be quarantined for up to 120 days [source: Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture]. Doing a little planning first can make your pet's travel experience a much happier one.