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Pet Friendly Travel
Including a pet in your family vacation is not difficult as long as you plan ahead. Most
pets (and especially dogs) respond well to travel. This fact is now recognized by much
of the travel industry.
Whether travelling across the country or internationally, by car or plane, you
will have to do some advance planning.
About 1/3 of all U.S. and Canadian accommodations allow pets. Pet owners are able to
select among luxury and economy hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals.
Thousands of hotels and motels, coast -to-coast in North America offer pet-friendly
accomodations. Airline bookings for pet passengers are also increasing. And more
cities and states are adjusting or changing the laws regarding dogs in outside
Whether travelling across the country or internationally, by car or plane, you will have to
do some advance planning.
Many people think of their pets as full-fledged family
members. According to the American Animal Hospital Pet
Owner Survey (2004), 67% of pet owners travel with their
pets. A Starwood Hotels & Resort survey of pet owners
found that 37% of pet owners would travel more with their
pets if they knew more accomodations accepted pets.
Hotels and Dogs
If you will be staying at a hotel while traveling with your dog, cover all your bases in
advance. A pet-friendly hotel is more than just one that allows pets – it is one that
welcomes them. Some hotels offer special dog beds, turndown service (down to the
treat on the pillow), dog spa services and doggie day care. Ask what amenities are
available for your dog, but remember to find out what cost is involved. Many hotels
charge a non-refundable pet deposit upon arrival, then a daily pet fee. Some tack on
a special cleaning fee. Before you choose, do your research about pet-friendly hotels .