Pet-friendly Accommodations and Services
Finding lodging that will accommodate the entire family is much easier than it used to be. In fact, there are lodging options available to suit almost any taste. You can easily find a place to stay with your pets anywhere in the United States by browsing though sites such as HotelsAllowingPets.com.
If you prefer more upscale hotel lodging, the Hotel Monaco boutique chain (part of Klimpton hotels and restaurants) offers pet concierge services such as pet walkers and sitters. AAA also publishes a AAA PetBook, which includes pet-friendly planning information and thousands of pet-friendly vacation accommodations and destinations. The AAA book can be purchased at AAA offices or select bookstores.
If your travel plans require spending some time away from your pet and you’d like to find a pet sitter, The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) can help you locate a sitter in the anywhere in the United States. International travelers can locate a pet sitter at the Pet Sitters International (PSI) site.
Pet-friendly Outdoor Destinations
If your vacation involves camping, note that the National Park Service (NPS) imposes rules limiting pets from roaming around freely. Consider that dogs and bears are natural antagonists, and suddenly the idea of keeping your pet leashed doesn’t sound unreasonable! Contact the park destination ahead of time to learn if any additional pet precautions need to be made, and once you arrive, always keep your pet on a leash.
Healthy Precautions Prior to Travel
It is highly recommended your pet have all their shots and vaccinations up to date prior to travelling with them. Depending on the destination, it may be a requirement to show proof of current vaccinations from transmittable diseases such as rabies. Your veterinarian may also recommend a microchip for your pet, in case you become separated during travel. Obtain a copy of your pet’s vaccinations to keep with your pet’s travel items.
Finding a Veterinarian Far From Home
Fido or Kitty is happily traveling with you when suddenly they fall ill hundreds of miles from home. What can you do? If you have an up-to-date copy of your pet’s medical records handy, you can visit the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) website and find the nearest facility.
Organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) provide a national veterinary locator for anyone, even if the pet is not insured through them. Overseas, veterinary assistance can be found in the United Kingdom at the British Veterinary Association (BVA), or the Ordre National Des Veterinaires in France.
Just remember: whether it's a vacation tour of the Caribbean or a business trip to the Midwest, you don’t have to leave your pets behind. Like any trip preparation, with a little planning you can take your pets along just about anywhere.