Traveling With Your Pet
This section provides information and tips about pet travel. Included is a list of books as well
as a bibliography of articles that may give you helpful information about traveling with your pet.
We have also provided links to general information on pet travel and to pet travel requirements
from some major airlines.
The best advice for traveling with your pet is to plan ahead. Have your pet checked by a
veterinarian to make sure it is in good health for traveling. Be sure to take a copy of your pet's
health certificate and proof of inoculation with you - these are required by many airlines and are
also necessary when traveling to a foreign country. If you are traveling out of the country, please
check with your travel carrier and the consulate of the country you'll be visiting for specific
requirements well in advance. Many countries have quarantine laws regarding animals. Even within
the U.S., it is wise to plan ahead, for example, Hawaii also has a quarantine law regarding animals
entering the Islands.
Below you will find some resources which may provide you with more specific information as well
as travel tips.
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There is a great deal of information available about traveling with your pet. Below we have
included a sample selection of articles from popular magazines and newspapers.
- Cass, Maxine. " Traveling with your pet," Better Homes and Gardens, v. 72, August 1994, p.
- Finnegan, Lora J. " Flying with Fido," Sunset (Central West edition), v. 190, March 1993, p.
- Fuess, Theresa. "
Boarding your pet
," Pet Column, June 30, 1997.
- Gerstenfeld, Sheldon L. " Have pet, will travel," Parents, v. 68, August 1993, p. 178+.
- Gubernick, Lisa. " Dogs very welcome," Forbes, v. 155, March 13, 1995, p. 138+.
Many upscale hotels not only accept pets but provide special services such as grooming, room
service with pet food, and dog walking.
- Hogue, Vicki L. " On the road again," Ladies' Home Journal, v. 111, July 1994, p. 163.
Article includes brief travel tips such as planning frequent rest stops when traveling by
car, using pet ID tags with name of destination and emergency contact numbers, etc.
- Lyall, Sarah. " Travelers' pet peeve: Britain's 'jailing' of animals (quarantine law)," New
York Times (Late New York Edition), October 2, 1996, p. A4.
- Probst, Sarah. "
Tips for flying with your pet
," Pet Column, June 21, 1999.
- Siegel, Micki. " Taking pets on the road," Good Housekeeping, v. 218, June 1994, p. 104.
Brief article giving tips for traveling by car and by air with various types of pets
including dogs, cats, birds, fish, mice, gerbils, hamsters, lizards, snakes, and rabbits.
- Spadafori, Gina. " Can our dog go on vacation with us? (flying)," Modern Maturity, v. 36,
April/May 1993, p. 84.
- Sugarman, Aaron. " Pets on planes: too often it's a rough ride," Conde Nast Traveler, v. 27,
June 1992, p. 27.
- Vreeland, Leslie N. " On the road with Rover," Ladies' Home Journal, v. 109, May 1992, p. 200.
Short article giving pet travel tips and precautions.
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- Aci, M. E. Nelson, editor. Travel with or withouth Pets. Annenburg Communications Institute,
- Barish, Eileen. Drs. Foster and Smith's Guide to Traveling with Your Pet. 2nd ed. Pet-Friendly
- Barish, Eileen. Vacationing with You Pet: Eileen's Directory of Pet-Friendly Lodging in the
United States and Canada. Pet-Friendly Publications, 1999.
Previous title: Drs. Foster and Smith's Guide to Traveling with Your Pet: Eileen's
Directory of Pet-Friendly Lodging. Pet-Friendly Publications, 1998.
- Barrie, Anmarie. Cats and the Law . T.F.H. Publications, Inc. 1990, p. 102-115. Call #
This chapter covers legal aspects of traveling with cats including information for
travel within the U.S. and international travel. Also covered are topics related to importing and
exporting of cats.
- Barrie, Anmarie. Dogs and the Law . T.F.H. Publications, Inc. 1990, p. 69-80. Call #
This chapter covers legal aspects of traveling with dogs including information about
travel within the U.S., importing, exporting, and international travel.
- Bauer, Nona Kilgore. Traveling with Dogs. TFH Publications, 1998.
- Fish, Kathleen DeVanna and Robert N. Fish. Pets Welcome Series.
This series includes:
- Pets Welcome: A Guide to Hotels, Inns, and Resorts That Welcome You and Your Pet. Bon Vivant
- Pets Welcome: A Guide to Hotels, Inns, and Resorts That Welcome You and Your Pet. Millennium
Publishing Group, 1998.
- Pets Welcome SouthWest Edition: A Guide to Hotels, Inns, and Resorts That Welcome You and Your
Pet. Bon Vivant Press, 1999.
- Pets Welcome: A Guide to Hotels, Inns, and Resorts That Welcome You and Your Pet: Pacific
Northwest Edition. Bon Vivant Press, 1998.
- Gallerstein, Gary A. with Heather Acker. The Complete Bird Owner's Handbook. Howell Book House,
1994, p. 41-48.
This section is titled 'Travel Tips.' It covers issues to be addressed when deciding
whether or not to travel with your pet bird; in-home care while you're away; boarding options; and
tips for traveling by car and by air.
- Great Vacations for You and Your Dog Abroad. Martin Management Books, 1996.
- Great Vacations for You and Your Dog: USA 99-00. Martin Management Books, 1999.
- Habgood, Dawn. On the Road Again with Man's Best Friend. Dawbert Press.
Book series that offers selective guides to bed and breakfast inns, hotels, and resorts
that welcome you and your dog. Books in this series cover the Southwest, New England, the West
Coast, the Northwest, and the Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.
- Hanna, Jack and Mundis, Hester. Jack Hanna's Ultimate Guide to Pets. Putnam Pub. Group, 1996.
Includes a chapter on traveling with pets.
- Have Pet Will Travel Guides. Brightmeadow, Inc.
This series publishes guides on traveling with pets by region in the United States. Examples
of available titles are:
- Have Pet Will Travel Guide: South Central Region. 1st ed. Brightmeadow, 1999.
- Have Pet Will Travel Guide: South East Region. Brightmeadow, 1999.
- Kelsey-Wood, Dennis and Nona Kilgore Bauer. Traveling with Dogs. American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Chelsea House Publishers, 1998.
- Nicholas, Barbara. The Portable Pet: How to Travel Anywhere with Your Dog or Cat. Harvard
Common Press, 1990.
- On the Road With Your Pet: Mobil 99 (Fodor's Travel Guides series). Fodor's Travel
Publications; Mobil Oil Corp., 1999.
Includes directories of pet-friendly resaurants and lodgings and of kennels,
pet-sitters, and veterinary referral agencies, as well as tips for traveling with pets and
information on pet first aid.
- Randolph, Mary. Dog Law. Nolo Press, 1994, chapter 6, p. 6/1 - 6/20. Call #
This chapter is titled Traveling with Dogs and covers some legal aspects of dog travel
including various airline restrictions and liability limits. Also included is a checklist for air
travel and some information about international restrictions.
- Traveling with Your Pet 2000: The AAA Petbook. American Automobile Association, 2000.
Previous title: Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA Petbook: The AAA Guide to More than
10,000 Pet-Friendly, AAA Rated Lodgings Across the United States and Canada. 1999
- Walters, Heather M. Take Your Pet Along: 1001 Places to Stay with Your Pet. Mce, 1997.
- Whitaker, Barbara. Have Dog Will Travel Series
- Have Dog Will Travel: Oregon Edition. 1997.
- Have Dog Will Travel: Washington Edition: Where to Stay When Traveling with Your Dog: How to
Make the Trip More Fun for Both of You. Ginger & S, 1999.
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Many travel providers have specific restrictions as well as fees for animal travel, and these
requirements may vary between airlines. For example one airline may allow different types of pets,
such as hamsters and rabbits, to fly as carry-on baggage while another may only allow dogs, cats,
and birds. Also many airlines have restrictions as to the number of animals per aircraft, the
weight and dimensions of the pet carrier, etc. These requirements are subject to change so always
plan ahead and talk directly to your travel provider to make arrangements for your pet. Below you
will find links covering pet travel with several major airlines.
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LINKS TO PET TRAVEL INFORMATION AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
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Last updated: 11/19/2004 VK