Tips for traveling with your pets
If you're a pet owner, it's no secret that leaving the dog at home with sitters and kennels is a pricey addition to your vacation costs, but don't assume that bringing your pup on your trip will always be cheaper.
Consumer reports reveals some important tips on how to save money and aggravation when you travel with your pet.
When the Pilla family takes a vacation, they bring along Dizzy.
Stephanie Pilla: “Because then I don’t have to worry. I know that I’m taking really good care of her.”
Clementina Pilla: “It’s more fun with her there.”
Consumer Reports says, get prepared ahead of time!
Donna Rosato, Consumer Reports Money Editor: “Make sure your pooch is ready to fly and get a health certificate from your veterinarian, including vaccinations so you can show it to the airlines and anyone else who might require it.”
If your pet doesn’t already have a microchip, get one!
Now let the journey begin! You can hit the rails on Amtrak with your pup for around 26 dollars, but only if your trip is less than 7 hours.
Airlines usually charge around 125-dollars one way to fly with a small dog in the cabin to many destinations.
Donna Rosato: “And since your pet carrier will count as a carry-on, you may need to pay to check your suitcase. And a travel compliant carrier can cost you anywhere from 35 dollars to more than a hundred dollars.”
Also, reserve a spot for your pet ahead of time with the train or airline.
Stephanie Pilla:“They only allow a certain number of pets to be under the seat.”
Larger dogs often need to fly in the cargo hold, costing from 100-dollars to close to 1,000-dollars each way!
Many airlines don't allow snub nosed breeds like French bulldogs to fly at all as they can have difficulty breathing at high altitudes.
Now where to stay? If you’re allowed to bring your dog, many hotels will charge a fee from 20 to 100-dollars. But some chains do let pets stay free.
Need a little more space? Check off the pet friendly filter on Airbnb and VRBO to find rentals that will let you bring your pets, often for a fee.
Newsroom, N. F. (2019, may 21). Tips for traveling with your pets. Retrieved from wsmh.com: https://wsmh.com/news/profit-report/tips-for-traveling-with-your-pets