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Traveling And Vacationing With Your Pets

Vacationing with your pet can be both challenging and rewarding.  Before packing your pooch for a family getaway, be sure to take the time to plan ahead!  Choose the right accommodations, the right transportation, and the right boarding and pet-sitting options to safeguard your pet's good health and your family's sanity!

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Before You Travel

Before any trip, have your veteranarian examine your pet to ensure that he or she is in good health.  A veteranary examination is also a requisite for obtaining the legal documents required for many forms of travel.  Your veteranarian can also provide you with an up-to-date Health Certificate, which may be required when you reach your destination.

In addition to the general, physical examination, your veterenarian may advise you to vaccinate your pet against common illnesses like rabies, distemper, and Lyme disease.  Common tests for parasites like heartworm may also be required.  Most vets will be wiling to prescribe a sedative or tranquilizer for your pet, especially if your travel plans require that your pet be crated, confined, or isolated for long periods of time.  Be sure to get an extra dose so that you can have a "trial run" before you depart; this way, if your animal experiences unforeseen side effects, you will be able to get alternate medication from the vet.


Traveling By Car

Dogs who enjoy car travel will love road-tripping with you and your family!  Before departing on an extended car trip, visit your local pet supply store to invest in a doggie harness or car restraint.  These restraints buckle into a standard seat belt, and will keep your dog safely restrained while still allowing them the ability to move and enjoy the scenery.  Very small dogs should be restrained in a carrier during long road trips, as their delicate bodies can be harmed during sudden stops and turns.

Cats are not usually as comfortable traveling in cars as dogs.  Cats can get very stressed by car travel, and for their own safety, it is best to keep them in a carrier.  Remember that even a large carrier can shift and tumble during sudden stops and sharp turns; be sure to adequately restrain the carrier in order to prevent harm to the animal inside.

Be sure to stop frequently in order to allow your pet to excercise and eliminate.  Rest stops are also a good time to allow your pet to drink small amounts of water, or eat dry foods.  High-fat and moist snacks, as well as table food treats, should be avoided during extended travel, as the increased excitement and stress can affect your pet's digestion.

Never, never leave your pet unattended in a parked car.  On warm days, the interior temperature of a parked car can rise to 120 degrees or more, even with the windows "cracked."  Nothing is more heartbreaking than stories of dogs and cats found dead or dying in parked cars.  If your pet will not be welcome inside, please dispatch a family member to remain outside with your pet until you are ready to continue your trip.


Traveling By Airplane

The Humane Society Of The United States recommends that you do not transport your pet by air unless absolutely necessary.  Despite the best efforts of pet owners and air carriers, pets continue to be injured, killed, and lost on commercial flights each year.  Air carriers have responded to these continuing incidents by implementing restrictions on accepting pets as cargo during passenger and cargo flights.  These include crate-and-carrier regulations, breed restrictions, health requirements, and barred flights.

If you cannot avoid transporting your pet by air, your best option is to take him or her on board with you.  Most airlines will still allow you to take a cat or small dog on board with you for an additional fee, as long as the pet can be restrained in a small carrier.  Bringing your pet on board may restrict your flight choices, but it is the safest method of air travel for your pet.  Be sure to contact your preferred carrier before booking your flight, as the number of animals allowed per flight may be restricted.  If your animal will not be traveling in the passenger section with you, inquire about climate controls in the section where your animal will be held.

Tips for safe traveling:
1)
Familiarize your pet with the carrier or crate several weeks before travel
2) Affix an approved travel label to your pet's carrier prior to departure
3) Ensure your pet's collar fits properly and cannot get caught in the carrier door/latch
4) Always travel on the same flight as your pet
5) Choose direct flights whenever possible
6) Carry a current photograph and health certificate with you at all times
7) Don't ever ship pug/snub-nosed cats or dogs in cargo


 Hotel Petiquette

Tourist Street provides several hotel options that are pet friendly!  Pet friendly hotels and resorts are available in most major cities.  Be sure to inquire about additional fees and requirements that may apply to your pet's reservation.  Also, be aware that many hotels restrict pets to certain rooms - you will need to inform the hotel during your reservations process that your pet will accompany you to ensure you get placed in a pet-friendly room.  Although specific restrictions and rules will vary by hotel, here are a list of tips to help you and your pet enjoy your stay:

  • Pack a 'doggy bag!'  Bring your dog or cat's favorite toys, bed, or blanket.  Include grooming tools and a lint brush to control pet hair during your stay.
  • Barking, Meowing, and Door-Scratching may be endearing at home, but other guests will not appreciate them.  Please consider boarding or at the very least crating noisy pets.
  • Bring your own food and water dishes.  Do not allow food to sit uneaten when you leave the room.  If your dog or cat is on prescribed food or medication, make sure to bring a sufficient supply.
  • Clean up after your dog during walks, especially on hotel property.  For cats, make sure to provide a litter box and clean it yourself, daily.
  • If you leave your pet in the hotel room while visiting attractions, you will need to confine your pet to a carrier or make special arrangements for room cleaning.  Nothing is more heartbreaking than the loss of a pet who escaped when a hotel employee innocently opens the door.

Pet-Friendly Attractions In Orlando

Encore Tropical Palms
2650 Holiday Trail - Kissimmee, FL 34747
1-800-647-2567

Kissimmee KOA
2643 Happy Camper Place - Kissimmee, FL 34646
1-800-562-7791

Orlando SE Lake Whippoorwill KOA
12345 Narcoossee Road - Orlando, FL 32827
1-800-562-3969

Cady Way Trail
Bennett Road and Corrine Drive - Orlan