If you are a pet owner, you know traveling with your fur babies can be rewarding. But, the experience can also be challenging and costly if you do not do your research.
This week, Consumer Reports reveals some tips on how to save some heartache and money while traveling with “man’s best friend” this summer.
Be sure Your Pet Is Healthy First
First, CR says be sure your pet is healthy enough for safe travel, especially if flying. A health certificate from your veterinarian, including vaccinations may be required on airlines and other modes of transport.
Also, if your pet doesn’t already have an implanted microchip, you may consider getting one. Losing track of a pet could turn a happy occasion into a sad one.
By Train or By Air
If you are traveling on the rails, expect to pay about $26 for a small pooch on a trip that is less than seven hours. On an airline, you will likely pay at least $125 in the cabin, one-way, for a small dog. Your pet carrier will count as carry-on luggage, so be prepared to pay to check all your luggage. All pet carriers should be travel-compliant and the cost of these can range from $35 to over $100, according to CR.
Reserve a space for your pet ahead of time as only a limited number of pets are allowed on airplanes. Large-sized pets will need to fly in the cargo hold and note that certain breeds cannot fly due to breathing difficulties at higher altitudes. The cost for dogs in cargo can range from $100 to $1,000 one-way.
Make Sure Your Accommodations Accept Pets
Find out ahead of time if your lodgings accomodate pets at all and if there is a fee per day. Some hotels welcome pets for free. Some require a cleaning fee. Check the fine print if using Airbnb or a similar service.
Car Travel is Easier
Road trips are a bit easier with pets, but if you are renting a car, be sure the rental company allows pets to ride in their cars or you could be liable for odors and the cost of additional cleaning.
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