As summer winds down, many folks are considering taking one last summer trip before the kids head back to school. Late summer, with its cooler temperatures, is a great time to be out and going. If you’re planning one last hurrah, don’t be afraid to take along your furry best friend. Traveling with pets can be an enjoyable experience for all, as long as you prepare well beforehand. The American Society of Travel Agents offers these tips if you plan to travel with your pet by air:
– Get your pet a checkup at a vet before traveling. Ask for the number of a veterinarian in the area where you might travel. Most airline and state officials mandate a clean bill of health in the form of a health certificate dated within 10 days prior to travel before your pet can fly.
– Always keep an ID collar with your name and phone number on your pet and always travel with favorite toys, proof of vaccination and proper licenses. Bring color photos of your pet in the unfortunate event it gets lost.
– Because airlines limit the number of pets that can be on board at once, have your travel agent notify the airline of your pet when your reservation is made. Also ask for the allowable dimensions of your pet carrier. Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and fully weaned before flying.
– If your pet weighs less than 15 pounds and you are on a domestic flight, you may be able to fit a small airline-approved kennel under the seat in front of you.
– Let your pet eat and sleep in the kennel before you leave. Before departure, exercise, feed and give water to your pet, and place a dish for food and one for water inside the kennel. If you are shipping you pet, write the words “Live Animal” on the crate with arrows pointing in the upright direction, and put your name, phone number and address on a well-fastened label.
Driving instead? The AAA TourBook® guide, Traveling with Your Pet, provides over 700 pages of comprehensive information on all aspects of pet travel. Updated annually, the AAA PetBook features more than 13,000 hotels and campgrounds in the United States and Canada that accept pets.
This comprehensive guide also includes more than 400 pet-friendly private campgrounds, dog parks and pet-friendly attractions. Practical tips on border crossing procedures, what to pack, who to call, and details on traveling with your pet by car or by air make these guides an invaluable travel companion.
This publication is available in most bookstores and retails for $17.95. To receive a special Members-only price, you may visit any AAA branch office to pick up your copy for only $13.95. Here’s a list of AAA branch offices in the Salt Lake City area:
SALT LAKE CITY
560 E 500 S
At 500 S/600 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
M-F: 8:30-5:30 PM
185 E 12300 South, Ste 100
At Draper Pkwy
Draper, UT 84020
M-F: 8:30-5:30 PM
Sat: 10:00-2:00 PM
You may also order your copy at Barnes and Noble.com and save 10%.
Have a great time, and drop me a line when you get back!
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