Pets are an equal member of your family – you take great care of them; you feed them; play with them; walk them; clean after them; and you love them unconditionally. So why would you leave them home when you are going on vacation?
Pet ownership is booming. About 80 million households owned a pet in 2015, compared to just about 66.5 million in 2011, the Humane Society says. More and more owners take their pets on family trips. Survey results show that 58 percent of travelers often choose an airline and 78 percent choose a hotel based on their pet friendly policies. About 57 percent go on vacation with their pets at least once a month or year.
Whether you are traveling by car or plane, Fido or your feline companion requires special attention. If getting ready for a trip is stressful to you, imagine how your pet feels when he or she doesn’t really know what’s happening.
Take care of the basics first – microchip your four-legged best friend or at least attach ID tags and your contact information to their collar. Visit the doctor to make sure the furry cutie is healthy enough to travel and has all required and recommended vaccinations.
Don’t ignore these and other safety tips if you want a pleasant and smooth travel experience.