A Quick Guide to Traveling With Pets (And What to Do if You Can't)

Did you know that in the United States, 78% of pet-owning households travel with their pets every year? 

As a pet owner, you want what's best for your furry friend. At times that may mean they travel with you and other times they may need to stay home. 

Either way, it can be difficult to make the right arrangements. There are a lot of factors to consider and we are going to go through them below. 

There are many pet-friendly accommodations out there, but it can take time to find the best ones. After you've read this guide, you'll feel confident traveling with pets and you'll know what to do if you can't take them with you. Continue reading here! 

Flying With Pets

Before booking your flight, be sure to check the airline's guidelines and regulations. 

You'll also want to ensure you have the right carrier for your pet so that they can be as comfortable as possible. It should be sturdy, well-ventilated, and allow them to move around.

Going to the airport with a cat or dog can be very stressful; however, if you familiarize yourself with TSA regulations and what will happen during the security screening, it will go smoother.

Finding Hotels and Restaurants 

Finding pet-friendly places to stay can be a challenge as well. While the majority of hotels do allow pets, there is usually a fee and size restriction. There are many websites, including BringFido, Pet-Friendly Hotels, and PetsWelcome that can help you find places to stay with your pets. 

Finding places to eat can be a bit more difficult. You will have to do some research before your arrival. 

You can always check with the restaurants directly or online and be on the lookout for outdoor seating. 

Hiring a Pet Sitter

Leaving pets at home while you travel can be just as stressful as taking them with you. However, there may be certain times when you’re unable to travel with them and you'll need to hire a pet sitter instead.

For the process to go smoothly, you'll want to work with a pet sitter in your area and schedule a meet and greet. This will allow you to ensure the sitter is a good fit for your animal.

Be sure to hire someone who has insurance in case there’s an accident. You should also ask about fees and what services they offer. Getting recommendations and reading reviews is always a good idea. 

Traveling with Pets

Traveling with pets doesn't have to be complicated. While there are a lot of factors to consider, making a plan will make the traveling process much smoother. 

We know it can be hard to leave your furry companion, but working with a pet sitter you trust will make all the difference. You'll be able to travel with peace of mind knowing your pet is safe and happy. 

Our staff is trained and available to answer any questions you have about pet sitting. Contact us here and we will be more than happy to address your concerns and get you set up with a sitter.  

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