Here are a few other smart tips from the aforementioned websites that you should keep in mind before hitting the road with Fido:
1. Many dog-centric hotels (but not your average roadside motel) will require that your dog has an up-to-date rabies vaccine and the paperwork to prove it. If traveling abroad, the rabies vaccine is required for re-entry into the U.S.
2. Airlines do allow pet travel – some on board, others below board, but Greyhound bus and Amtrak do not allow pets on board. Of course, always check each airline for their specific polices and fees for transporting pets.
3. Airlines typically one allow one or two dogs per flight, so make sure your dog has a “seat” before buying your own ticket. This will require a phone call and cannot be handled online.
4. Only allow a pet to fly in cargo during moderate temperature weather. Too cold or too hot could have serious consequences.
5. When flying, pet carriers are required whether in the cabin or in cargo. Soft-carriers are better in the cabin so they can slide easily under the seat, while hard-sided carriers are required for cargo-traveling pets. The carrier must be big enough for your dog to stand-up, turn-around and lie down comfortably otherwise the airline will rightly refuse to fly your pet.
6. Many pets get sick or distressed during long car trips. You can talk to your vet about sedatives. (Too bad you cannot talk to your pediatrician about sedatives for children when car traveling! I love some of those for my oldest daughter who doesn’t do well on long car journeys.) But vets do not typically recommend sedatives for dogs flying. This sound advice is from BringFido:
“According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, in most cases, dogs should not be given sedatives or tranquilizers prior to flying because they can create respiratory and cardiovascular problems as the dog is exposed to increased altitude pressures. They can also alter the animal’s natural ability to balance and maintain equilibrium, which can be dangerous when the carrier is moved. While sedation is generally not advised, the decision on whether or not to prescribe a tranquilizer for your pet should be made by your veterinarian. If he or she decides that tranquilizers are medically necessary for the trip, indicate the name of the drug taken and the dosage on the dog’s carrier.”
7. If you are on a long car trip, please consider a pet harness, which is the equivalent of a human seat belt but for pets. Unrestrained pets are as likely to get hurt in an accident as unrestrained humans. Plus, an unrestrained pet could become a projectile and seriously hurt other passengers in the advent of an accident.
8. For tips on international travel visit BringFido’s International Pet Travel page.
Where ever you go with dog in tow, the most important thing, of course, is to just have fun, create lasting memories – and follow doggie etiquette so more places like the Lazy L B&B will see the benefits, but not the costs, of hosting well-behaved dogs and their owners.