- Tell them, hotel or travel agent, that you want to make reservations and bring your pet. Some properties have restrictions on the number, type, size, or weight of pets they allow.
- Ask about any non-refundable fees or refundable deposits required.
- Find out about any restrictions on the number and type of rooms available. Some properties limit pets to smoking rooms or a certain section of the property.
- Additionally, some properties have seasonal or length of stay restrictions on pets.
- Inquire as to whether your pet may be left unattended while in room and, if so, if the pet must be in a crate or carrier.
- In any event, you may want to consider getting a ground floor room to make late night bathroom runs easier.
Before you leave
- Clip you pet’s nails. Pets with freshly-trimmed nails will be less likely to damage items in strange surrounds and will be easier to restrain if necessary.
- Brush your pet to remove all loose hair.
- If you pet has fleas, obtain and complete the necessary treatment before traveling to avoid infesting its new surroundings.
- Where is the best place for your pet to travel?
Riding in cars with dogs
Dogs who enjoy car travel need not be confined to a carrier if your vehicle has a restraining harness to restrain the animal.
Riding in cars with cats
Because most cats are not as comfortable traveling in cars, for their own safety as well as yours, it is best to keep them in a carrier. It is important to restrain these carriers in the car so that they don’t bounce around and cause possible harm to the animal inside. It is best to do this by taking a seat belt and securing it around over the front of the carrier.
Leave the front seat for humans
It is also a good idea to travel with your pet in the back seat of the car (although, never in the bed of a pickup truck!), because of the possibility of a front-seat passenger side airbag deploying and causing possible harm to your pet in an accident.