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The holiday season is here, and people are starting to make plans to go on a vacation abroad. According to new data, about 47% of Americans are planning to travel during the holidays, and some of them are thinking about taking their pets. Traveling with a canine companion is not a new thing since most pet owners have been doing it for years, but if you’re planning to take your dog on an international flight with you, you’ll need to be fully prepared to ensure a safe, hassle-free, and enjoyable trip. Here’s a guide to prepare for a Christmas vacation abroad with your pooch.
Choose a Pet-Friendly Flight
The ongoing health crisis has changed certain travel policies, so it’s important to check the latest info on which airlines are dog-friendly if you’re going on a holiday with your pet. Some of the airlines that currently allow dogs to travel in-cabin with their owners include American Airlines, Air France, Air Europa, Delta, Jet Blue, Lufthansa, Southwest, and United Airlines. Note that a lot of airlines have additional carry-on pet charges, and you’ll be required to place your pet in a ventilated and leak-proof carrier. Moreover, most airlines require that dogs should be at least 12 weeks old and must be fully weaned, and they should be in a crate throughout the flight. Weeks before your flight, ensure that your dog has all the necessary vaccinations, and secure an up-to-date Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from a licensed veterinarian.
Book a Pet-Friendly Hotel
A quick search on Google will let you know which hotels in your destination of choice are pet-friendly. Some hotel chains with the best pet policies and facilities for travelers with pets include Best Western, Marriot Hotels, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hyatt Place, and InterContinental Hotels and Resorts. These hotel chains have locations in major cities across the world, so you’re bound to find one in your Christmas holiday destination. You may also opt to stay in an AirBnB, but do make sure that the owner allows pets in their property.
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Check if Pet Sitting Services are Available
If you think that there’s a possibility that you’ll be going to places or doing activities where a pet won’t be welcome during your holiday, then it’s best to be prepared for this situation. When booking a hotel, make sure to check if they offer pet sitting services and ask how much they charge by the hour. You can also find dog sitters online, but this is far riskier than availing a hotel’s services. If you choose to entrust your dog to a sitter that you find online, check their credentials and reviews, and make sure to get your dog microchipped before your trip.
Spending Christmas in a new place with your dog can be a wonderful experience. Consider these tips for an enjoyable trip, and remember to be diligent when researching airlines, hotels, and dog sitters before going on a holiday abroad with your pooch.
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