When it is time to leave your office and apartment rental behind for a week of vacation, it may seem like the perfect time to bring your pet along. More and more people are bringing their pets on vacation, and those who rent apartments may feel especially inclined to do so, as they want to bring their dogs and cats out of the hustle and bustle of the city.
When planning that big annual vacation, pet owners have a difficult decision to make, namely, whether their dog or cat is going to join the adventure. Heading to the beach or mountains, it may seem cruel to leave your pets behind at your apartment, but if you are going on your honeymoon, well, that may not exactly be a pet themed vacation.
Taking your Pet on a Flight
Although airline regulations are changing to accommodate the growing number of people and families that take their pets on vacation, airlines still have regulations in place that require plans to be made in advance and maintain flexibility.
Some things to consider for your pet friendly flight:
- Check with your veterinarian before you take your pet on a flight. You may need health certificates and vaccinations.
- Check with your vet about possible flight issues, the ASPCA and many vets do not recommend sedating.
- According to Federal restrictions, dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old to fly
- Pets may travel in the plane’s main cabin, as checked baggage or in the cargo hold. Check with your airline for restrictions. Information on United States airlines’ pet policies can be found here.
- Airlines cap the number of pets that they allow in the main cabin, so be sure that you plan well in advance if you plan on bringing your pet aboard
Some airlines, such as Southwest, do not allow pets on their planes, and others have restrictions on the times of year they allow pets. Also you should try to book non-stop flight to reduce the time your pet is in flight, being handled by airline employees, and decrease the chances that your pet gets flown to Albuquerque while you are en route to Boston.
Given all the restrictions, potential issues and additional costs, chartering a plane may be a viable option, especially if you are travelling with a large group and a few pets. Chartering planes also works best if you are flying to and from small airports, so you can cut the time and hassle of bringing your pet on planes, trains and automobiles.
The key is to do your homework. Figure out the best and most cost-effective way to bring your pet along with you. You will also need to research your accommodations and activities. If you are planning to cruise around the beach and rent a house, you can probably feel pretty comfortable about your pet being alright in the new environment. However, if you are going to a city or amusement park, you may want to consider other options.
You can check out our article, Pet Friendly Apartment and Cities, to see some cities around the U.S. that offer pet friendly features such as dog parks, pet friendly hotels and other perks that your pets will enjoy. Just imagine how excited your dog will be when he gets out of the apartment and sees the ocean for the first time!