Pet Seat Belts – Where it’s the Law and Why it Matters

Using pet seat belts. It’s one of those reflex actions you don’t think about much.

You get in the car and reach for the seat belt – most times before even starting the engine. And if there’s a kid or two in tow? They’re buckled in snug and tight before you even leave the driveway. It is the law, after all.

But what about your pet? It seems like the most natural thing in the world, especially with dogs, to have your pup jump in and share the ride with you. And let’s be honest, doesn’t it make you smile when you see a car with its windows down and a dog’s face in the wind? What could possibly be wrong with not using pet seat belts?

Potentially, quite a bit from both a legal and safety perspective for both the passengers in the car and your pet.

Imagine this scenario. Your small fur ball is curled up on your lap. Cute, right? Nope! It only takes a second for something to go very wrong with this picture. An unrestrained 10 lb. dog involved in an accident at just 30 mph will exert roughly 300 lbs. force – more than enough to inflict serious harm on itself or a passenger.

Pug in back seat using pet seat belts

Click-it or Ticket – A State Issue

It’s easy to understand why most people think there are no guardrails governing pet restraint during road trips. The fact is that there is no federal law that specifically outlines what is legal and what isn’t when a companion animal shares a vehicle’s passenger compartment. While the federal Animal Welfare Act, which first passed in 1966 and has been amended eight times since then, does place restrictions around the transport of very specific animals used in special circumstances, it is not a broad animal protection law.

Instead, the responsibility of animal protection is assumed at the state level. The good news is that each and every state has legislation currently in force to protect animals. The bad news is that these laws can vary wildly from one state to another. Additionally, many state statutes allow individual cities or towns to enact their own animal protection ordinances.

What does all this mean?

Both pet owners and professional pet transporters alike need to do a little research regarding animal protection, most typically referenced as animal restraint, when traveling across town, across state or across country with a furry friend riding shotgun. Those who don’t do their homework could face steep fines, damages not covered by insurance, and in some cases, even criminal charges for not using pet seat belts.

States with Existing Pet Seat Belt Laws

Pets in Passenger Compartments

Acknowledging that many pet protection laws can be complex and multi-layered, let’s start with one that isn’t.

Dog in back seat of car

Currently, New Jersey has a law that flat-out stipulates pets must be restrained while in the passenger compartment of a moving vehicle. Specifically, in New Jersey, a pet must be in a carrier or wear a seat belt when a vehicle is moving. Period. The fine for not complying can reach $1,000.

Rhode Island’s laws come close to meeting the same standard, but with one caveat. Rhode Island mandates that an animal in a vehicle passenger compartment must be placed in a carrier, cage or secured with a seat belt, unless it is under the physical control of someone in the car other than the driver.

It’s not a straight up restraint law, but it might as well be since the police officer pulling you over is who determines if your animal was being controlled or not. The cost for not adhering to the law can reach $200.

Additionally, the following states require that your dog must have a canine specific restraint (such as a harness which buckles into a pet seat belt) when riding in an automobile: Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island

Pets in Open Truck Beds

How unsafe is it to put your dog in an open truck bed? The American Humane Society reports that an estimated 100,000 dogs die each year untethered in the bed of a truck. And that’s just an estimate.

Dog in truck bed
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When it comes to animals in an open truck bed, primarily dogs, a number of states have laws stating they must be tethered or restrained in a cage or crate. Failure to do so will result in fines. These states include: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Oregon

At first glance, the fact that a limited number of states have such laws on the books might suggest that enforcing pet restraint isn’t a priority. The truth is similar legislation is gaining traction in an increasing number of states across the U.S.

A Push for More State Laws

What’s the big deal?

Simple physics explains why the trend toward pet restraint is gaining steam. An unrestrained pet that weighs 50 pounds, in a 35 mph collision, can be projected forward like a cannonball with 1,500 pounds of force The possibility of severe injury to your pet and other passengers when riding unrestrained in a vehicle is real. This reality and the awareness of it will surely fuel additional states to adopt specific pet restraint laws in the near future.

Also growing in popularity is legislation that limits pet transport to the back seat of the vehicle for the same reasons small children are placed there. Air bags. Restrained or not, an airbag deploying at 200 mph, can deliver devastating injuries to any animal that is impacted.

Factoring in Distracted Driver Violations

Now let’s talk about the states where an unrestrained pet can get you in hot water, even when there isn’t a specific law about it in force. This is the realm of states with distracted driver legislation.

In ten states, driving with a pet on your lap puts you at risk of being charged with distracted driving. Some states mention animals in laps specifically in their distracted legislation, such as Hawaii. Others reference anything that interferes with maintaining control of the vehicle or obstructing view – both of which are distinct possibilities from a lap-riding animal.

Distracted driving states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The consequences of violating distracted driver laws vary from state to state. In some states, a pet on a lap is reason enough to justify a traffic stop. Other states view distracted driving as a secondary offense, one that is attached to a primary offense, such as speeding. The bottom line is all can result in tickets and fines.

An Additional Consideration – Insurance

Certainly, a distracted driving ticket for an unrestrained pet is costly; and an injured pet as the result of distracted driver accident is awful beyond measure. But there’s one more thing to think about if you’re in an accident with an unrestrained animal in the car. Some insurance companies will not cover the cost of the incident if it was the result of distracted driving. Suffice it to say, the emotional and monetary cost may be substantial.

Anti-Cruelty Laws May Also Have Impact

We’re not done yet. Pet restraint regulations get even murkier. Sixteen states have animal anti-cruelty laws that can be applied to unsecured pets in moving vehicles. In general, laws in these states consider it illegal to transport animals in a cruel manner or in a way that puts an animal in danger.

The catch is that there are no hard and fast rules or a specific definitions of what constitutes “transporting in a cruel manner.” This means that it is up to the discretion of the legal authority pulling a driver over to determine what constitutes an offense and what does not.

The states where this ambiguous application exists include: Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Again, the consequences of violating anti-cruelty laws in these states vary. Fines are a given. More important, you need to understand that breaking animal anti-cruelty laws can carry misdemeanor, or in extreme cases, felony charges. 

Beyond the Law: The Case for Pet Seatbelts

Without question, widespread adoption of pet restraint laws has a long way to go. But as previously mentioned, the movement does have considerable momentum and new, more comprehensive legislation is definitely on the horizon. This makes it a good idea for pet owners and transporters to check the rules of the road periodically in the cities and states they travel through.

Dogs in back seat

Or maybe there’s an easier solution. Many pet owners and professional pet transporters already understand the benefits of pet seat belts and have taken the law into their own hands – choosing to use restraints, even when they are not required. This is especially the case as information linked to potential injuries from unsecured pets, airbag dangers and insurance denials become more widely known.

That’s because most people consider pets furry family members – precious cargo whether in an owner’s vehicle or a transporter’s care. And when all is said and done, it comes down to being a matter of love, not of law.

Julie Bina is a writer for CitizenShipper, an online community that brings pet owners together with pet transporters. She is part of a team of passionate pet owners committed to improving and enhancing the lives of furry family members.

Pet Friendly Netherlands – a Great Place to Visit

Pet Friendly Netherlands

Getaways are great for resting the body, rejuvenating the mind, and soothing the soul. But if you have to leave your furry friends behind, it can somewhat spoil your fun. Not only do you miss them, but there is no doubt that they they miss you. Consider solving the problem by choosing to vacation in the laid back, pet friendly Netherlands. It is a great place to visit with a cat or dog.

The Netherlands has plenty of accommodations for both cats and dogs, and also green spots, holiday parks, even many restaurants, bars, and cafes that welcome dogs.

Pet friendly Accommodations in the Netherlands

I was amazed at the variety of dog-friendly accommodations in the Netherlands. Choices range from hotels, apartments, even houseboats. After much debate, my sweet dog Bella and I began our Netherlands getaway by checking into the very posh, yet dog-friendly Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, a 5-star Hyatt hotel. Upon entering our room, she was greeted with a jar of treats, a designer dog bed by Fatboy, designer bowls, and a bottle of mineral water. I was equally delighted by my queen bed canal view suite and loads of amenities. Bella cuddled up with me in the cozy reading chair by the window to enjoy the picturesque view and plan our itinerary together.

Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam
Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam

The Andaz was a splurge for me; however, one well worth it. If yore looking for a more budget-friendly stay with your pet in the Netherlands, check out the Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre a little over an hour away in Rotterdam. The pet-friendly 4-star hotel is right on the water at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge. You’ll have a choice of views from the Rotterdam skyline to a panoramic view of the bridge over the Maas. The rooms and suites are fully-equipped and comfy and start at €99 with a charge of €15 per night per pet. The hotel is within walking distance of the Witte de Withstraat where you’ll find great bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces that will welcome your four legged friend.

House Boat in Amsterdam
Houseboat in Amsterdam

Houseboat rentals in the Netherlands are also pet-friendly, and you’ll enjoy a peaceful stay floating on the water. One that caught my eye is the Pantheos Romantic Houseboat. It’s near the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and next to the Jordaan with its hip pubs, eateries, and boutiques. The price to rent a houseboat can fall between budget and luxury.

Getting Around With Your Pet

It wouldn’t be a proper trip to the pet friendly Netherlands without some sightseeing. If you don’t want to leave your dog behind, no worries. While dogs aren’t allowed in the museums; they are almost everywhere else. Any sized dogs are welcome on buses, trams, and all public transportation systems, and they can travel for free except on trains which charge €3 a day for an all-day ticket unless your dog is small enough to fit in a carrier or ride on your lap. This is another  reason why the Netherlands is a great place to visit with your pet.

Bella and I spent hours wandering along the laneways and historic canals in Amsterdam, which has always been on my European bucket list. I loved the gorgeous well-preserved old buildings, and this was one of the highlights of my trip. Although it’s common to see dogs roaming the streets, it’s best to keep them on a leash in unfamiliar territory. You’ll find plenty of room at parks and green spaces where your dog can get some exercise off-leash.

Dog-friendly Parks and Green Spaces in the Netherlands

Pet Friendly Netherlands Vondel Park in Amsterdam
Pet Friendly Vondel Park

On the second day of our journey, Bella and I took off for Vondelpark, the city’s largest park and the most famous one in the Netherlands. We felt right at home among the joggers and other dog walkers as we stopped to admire the statue of Vondel, one of my favorite poets, the cast iron music dome, and the historical pavilion. Bella was quite tired by the time we got back to the hotel, and it was time for a long nap for her. This gave me the chance to explore the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House.

The next morning, we headed for Oosterpark in East Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful open green space with ponds, streams, and a sculpture garden. We ran into a little trouble here, though, because of the large population of grey herons which brought out the hunting instinct in Bella; so, this time it was me who napped away the afternoon.

Beatrix park in the Zuider Amster neighborhood was my choice for the next day. It’s a good way out of town, and the Metro ride was relaxing. The park was less crowded and quite lovely with beautiful gardens. Best of all, Bella got to swim in the canals, even if we got some odd looks from some of the locals.

Holiday Parks

Park Westerkogge in Berkhout
Park Westerkogge in Berkhout

Between the lovely green spaces, sightseeing, and dog-friendly cafes and bars, Bella and I had a ball in Amsterdam; but once the weekend came, it was time to leave the sights and sounds of the city behind and join my cousin Joost and his wife Hannah and their two kids from Alkmaar at a rental cabin at Park Westerkogge in Berkhout.

Park Westerkogge is one of many dog-friendly holiday parks scattered throughout the Netherlands. Near the North Sea, Lake Markermeer, and Lake Ijssel, it’s the perfect holiday park for water lovers. Joost keeps a boat moored at the jetties, and we were up for lots of swimming and fishing.

Park Westerkogge has great facilities for kids and adults. Bella loved playing on the grassy grounds with the kids, and the onsite restaurant serves fresh hot coffee every morning and marvelous a la carte dishes for lunch and dinner. There’s a terrace on the water where we could enjoy drinks and the sunset on the terrace.

We rented bikes and Bella trotted alongside us at a lively pace. There was no traffic to worry about. We enjoyed the heated outdoor swimming pool on the chilly evenings

Our dreamy vacation was over too soon, but Bella and I are already planning a return trip to the pet friendly Netherlands.

How to import your dog or cat to Pet Friendly Netherlands?

EU Passport
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When entering the Netherlands with your pet from another EU Member State, your pet will need a microchip, rabies vaccination and an EU Pet Passport. If your pet is not currently chipped or vaccinated for rabies, it will need to wait for 21 days before traveling.

When entering the Netherlands from the United States, Canada or another rabies-controlled country, your pet will need an EU health certificate instead of an EU Pet Passport.

From a high-rabies countries, your pet will need a rabies titer test more than 3 months before entering the pet friendly Netherlands, so be sure and plan ahead. More details here.

Mike Jensen is addicted to both adventure and travel, so decided to combine the two to form TheAdventourist. There he shares his journey from one adrenaline rush to another, always exploring new places as he goes.

How to Travel with a Rabbit – What You Should Know

Are you ready to take your rabbit on a plane, bus or car ride but are concerned about how your pet will cope with the experience? Perhaps you are wondering what requirements have to be met for your pet to travel internationally. Maybe you’re looking for tips to ensure your fluffy friend is as calm and comfortable as possible while on the move. Here we’ll try to answer all those important questions in our guide on how to travel with a rabbit.

traveling with rabbit
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How will your rabbit handle traveling?

Generally, rabbits do not like to travel, and you should think really careful about bringing your rabbit on a trip of more than a few hours, if possible. If you have to relocate or take an extended vacation, then travel is unavoidable. If you just want to bring your rabbit along on a European sightseeing trip or a visit across the United States to see your family, then you should consider other options.

It may be better for your rabbit to stay with a pet sitter or in a shelter than to do all of that traveling, since rabbits are easily stressed and frightened. Also, if your rabbit has any health issues, you should talk to your vet before any extended travel.

Rabbits have trouble handling changes in temperature, unfamiliar noises, changes in their feed schedule and strange environments. You have to consider how stressful the trip will be for your pet and consider all of your options first.

Pick an appropriate carrier

Firstly, it’s so important that you choose a pet carrier or pet crate that will work well for your rabbit. If you use one that previously carried a cat or dog, it’s very likely the carrier will still contain scents of the animal (your bunny’s predator), which naturally may scare or stress your rabbit. Unfortunately, it may not be as simple as cleaning the carrier; your rabbit will only really feel at ease in their own personal carrier.

Rabbit in Carrier

Another factor to consider with your pet carrier is size. To determine if the carrier is big enough for your rabbit, see if he or she can turn around inside the carrier without a problem. If your rabbit can, you’re good to go.

Acclimating your rabbit to its carrier

Most importantly, prior to traveling with a rabbit, acclimate it to the carrier. All time spent to this end will pay off on travel day. Keep the carrier available to your bunny and leave the door open. Put familiar bedding and some treats in the carrier and encourage your rabbit to spend time in the carrier every day.

The next step is to take your rabbit out of its normal environment in the carrier. Take short rides in the car to get your friend accustomed to riding in the carrier. Take it to a pet-friendly restaurant where it can be exposed to other people and activity. Always return home and provide treats for good behavior. The most time you can devote to acclimating your bunny to its carrier, the less stress it will have on travel day.

The most important thing you can do prior to traveling with a rabbit is to acclimate it to the carrier.  All time spent to this end will pay off on travel day. Keep the carrier available to your bunny and leave the door open. Put familiar bedding and some treats in the carrier and encourage your rabbit to spend time in the carrier every day.

The next step is to take your rabbit out of its normal environment in the carrier. Take short rides in the car to get your friend accustomed to riding in the carrier. Take it to a pet-friendly restaurant where it can be exposed to other people and activity. Always return home and provide treats for good behavior. The more time you can devote to acclimating your bunny to its carrier, the less stress it will have on travel day.

When flying, choose the right airline

You might have guessed that not all airlines will allow rabbits to travel in the cabin. However, there are still many that will accommodate rabbits, so make sure to do your research, and if you can, choose an airline that allows for cabin travel for your beloved pet. Riding with you will definitely put your rabbit at ease and make flying much more tolerable. The following airlines all allow for rabbits to travel in the cabin, but you’ll have to alert the airline ahead of time so that they can accommodate you:
Island Air
United Airlines
Frontier Airlines

Related: Airline Pet Policies

how to travel with a rabbit

Will flying internationally be a problem?

If you have to go overseas or to another country with your rabbit, you might be concerned about international regulations. Thankfully, Emma Williams, an expert on rabbit health and care at Flemish Giant Rabbit told us that rabbits are not considered to be heavily regulated because, for the most part, rabbits are not a mammal that is almost never found to have contracted rabies. You can take rabbit to and from the United States to many countries with a bit of careful planning. Whether you are travelling to India, Canada, Hong Kong or Japan, you should be able to take your rabbit with some preparation and considerations.

Importantly, there are other issues to consider when importing a rabbit to a foreign country. As an example, The United Kingdom will require 4 months of quarantine for rabbits entering from a non-EU Member State and South Africa does not permit the import of rabbits at all. That is why it is important to check import regulations before travel.

Which vaccinations do you need?

While flying internationally isn’t a problem, your rabbit will need to be vaccinated and have proof of these vaccinations before you can board the plane. You may be asked to provide documentation when you are booking the tickets so that there is no confusion at the gate. Your rabbit should definition be vaccinated for the following, if not others:
It’s a good idea to talk to your vet before travelling to ensure that your rabbit has the appropriate vaccinations close enough to travel time so that he or she doesn’t need to have them updated during the trip.


How to travel with your rabbit in a car

If you are taking a road trip with your rabbit, you will need to secure your furry friend properly and safely. You should strap in the pet carrier onto a seat if there is a spare seat. If not, then you can place the pet carrier on the floor or in the back of the car with the luggage. Just make sure that the carrier is secure enough that it won’t slide around or roll over, even if the car brakes suddenly or takes a sharp turn. As well, make sure there is plenty of air circulation for your rabbit.

You should also bring enough food and water for the trip. Luckily. rabbits do not get travel sick so you don’t need to worry about feeding them too close to your travel time. Feeding them as usual will help keep them calm and satisfied and less likely to stress out. You also have to consider how the changes in temperature may be affecting your rabbit. The car can become very hot when you travel, and anything over 85 degrees can be damaging to their health, so you may want to give your rabbit a personal fan, keep the AC at high in the car and ensure your rabbit gets plenty of water.

Final Thoughts

Although rabbits are generally not very good travelers due to how easily stressed they are, sometimes travel is unavoidable. You can make the trip far more pleasant for you and your pet by following these simple travel tips on how to travel with your rabbit.

Anoop Nain is the proud father of four rescued dogs and two Flemish giant rabbits. Although his “puppers” are grown up, each day with them is a new learning experience for him. He has a degree in Animal Behavior and Welfare.

How to Keep Your Pet Hydrated when Traveling

Dog drinking water for hydrawion

When asked about the most important thing to do when you are traveling, experts always recommend staying hydrated. Low humidity levels in airline cabins and cargo holds can quickly drain the fluids in any warm-blooded mammal including your pet. The heightened stress of travel simply adds to the problem. Lack of fluids in an animal is a serious condition, and that is why you always need to keep your pet hydrated when traveling.

Many pet owners are not aware of the importance of keeping their pet hydrated when traveling. Just bringing a water bowl may not be enough. Nonetheless, traveling with your pet doesn’t have to be stressful if you are prepared. But, without proper planning, there’s always the risk of your pet getting dehydrated.

What is pet dehydration?

Simply put, dehydration occurs when your pet is losing more fluids that it is taking in.

Pets normally release fluids in their body through panting or breathing, evaporation through their paws and urination. When at home, pets can replenish the fluids they lose through eating and drinking. Although pet owners should restrict food intake when traveling, they should always provide ample opportunities for their pet’s hydration.

What are the symptoms of pet dehydration?

There are many signs of dehydration to look out. A dehydrated pet may exhibit symptoms such as:

  • dry and/or sticky gums,
  • excessive panting,
  • disorientation
  • sunken eyes
  • lethargy,
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of skin elasticity
  • too much or reduced urination

If any of these conditions are noticeable, then you need to encourage your pet to drink water as soon as possible and get them to a veterinarian if they persist.

What are the dangers of pet dehydration?

Now you know why it’s crucial to keep your pet hydrated when traveling. When your pet is dehydrated, it loses precious body fluids and electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and chloride. All these electrolytes for dogs help in stabilizing the body’s PH, transporting nutrients to body cells, promoting and regulating muscle and nerve function. Therefore, when your dog is dehydrated, it can easily suffer organ failure and even death.

How can you keep your pet hydrated while traveling?

Keeping pets hydrated when traveling, especially in the summer heat, helps to avoid many problems. There are many ways to keep your pet hydrated. Here are some suggestions:

1. Travel in the Spring or the Fall

Summertime is the most popular time for families to travel; however, excessive temperatures can pose a significant risk of dehydration for your pet.

When traveling in the car, always keep the windows closed and the air conditioning on. This will lessen the amount of fluids that are lost through your pet’s mouth.

Dog in Car

If flying, many airlines will not allow your pet to fly in the cargo hold if temperatures exceed 85 degrees F (30 degrees C) as exposure to high temperatures in the holding area, during loading and taxiing can be deadly for a pet.

It is far safer to travel when the temperatures are mild, and your pet does not need to breathe as much to release heat.

2. Carry enough clean water

You don’t move in hot weather without packing your favorite snacks or drinks, and your cat or dog also needs the same when traveling. Water is essential to dogs and cats, just like it is to humans.

Pets can survive with water for days, but without it, they will die very fast. For this reason alone, it is important to keep your pet hydrated when traveling. If your pet refuses to drink, wet your finger with some warm water and gently message the upper gums to stimulate your pet to drink.

Be keen on the type of water that you give to your pet. Some pets have no problem with faucet water, while others hate the smell of chemicals in it. Strange water can cause tummy upset so bringing water from home will prevent that.

To ensure that your pet drinks more and doesn’t suffer from dehydration as you travel, check out this Reverse Osmosis Guide it will help you to consider the best water filter for your pet.

A water filter alters the taste of the water and eliminates pollutants, bacteria, viruses, cysts, and toxic chemicals, ensuring high-quality water for your pet. This way, your pet won’t be put off by the smell, hence it will drink more. You can also acquire a doggy water dish that comes with a reservoir appended to a pool or tap for a continuous supply.

3. Offer wet food before traveling

If your dog is accustomed to dining on kibble, add some water to it. This is an excellent way to keep your pet hydrated when traveling.

Wet dog food is a bit more costly and smellier than dried food, but most dogs love it. This kind of food not only ensures that your pet stays hydrated but also provides the essential nutrients your dog or cat requires to remain healthy during your trip. More so, wet food is canned and can last for a long time, making it ideal when traveling with your pet. If you are traveling internationally, then confirm that the import of pet food will be permitted in your destination country.

Also, consider giving your pet some fruit. Apples, watermelon, cantelope, honeydew, peaches, oranges and pineapples are examples of fruits that contain a lot of water and taste great. All skins and seeds should be removed. Do NOT feed your dog grapes as this fruit can cause kidney failure in dogs.

4. Offer some ice cube treats before traveling

Traveling cats love treats, and ice cube treats are great for hot weather. Add some ice cubes into your pet’s water to keep your pet hydrated when traveling. You can also freeze some peas and blueberries and offer them to your pet to calm them. Add fruits and vegetables to your pet’s diet as they contain large amounts of water.

Ice Cube Treats for Hydration

5. Place a large water bowl in the crate

Unlimited access to clean water is essential for all pets. If your pet doesn’t drink enough, they risk suffering from dehydration, and we are all aware of the dangers associated with that.

Large crate water bowl to keep your pet hydrated when traveling

As such, when traveling with your pet, a pet travel water bowl or water bottle comes in handy. Place it in your pet’s crate, and this will encourage your pet to drink more. Freeze the water in the bowl prior to travel to minimize spillage. Although your pet may sip little by little, you will be surprised how much they end up drinking.

6. Use cooling pads or vests

Traveling with a puppy can be risky, especially in hot weather. So, consider a cooling mat from online or pet retail stores near you and ensure that your pet fits perfectly into their keep cool jacket. It should also be made from the right self-cooling fabrics. Note that the airlines will object to mats made with gel substances if your dog or cat is flying in the cargo hold.

7. Book a pet-friendly jet charter

Traveling by air with pets is quite a challenge, and keeping your pet hydrated while in the cargo hold on long flights is a challenge. For this reason, consider booking a pet-friendly jet charter, since, keeping pets hydrated when traveling in the cabin with you will be easier. Moreover, the chances of overheating are very minimal. The temperature is regulated, and you’re allowed to travel with your desired number of pets in the cabin regardless of their size.

Pet friendly private jet charter
S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

8. Opt for a pet-friendly hotel

Keeping your pet hydrated in a pet-friendly hotel is easier. Many hotels understand how vital our dogs and cats are to us. They offer different exceptional services to ensure that your pet stays hydrated and healthy such as water bowls, spas, doggie treats, grooming, local dog walking services, training, and pet sitters. When you stay in a pet friendly hotel, it becomes easier for both of you to enjoy your vacation.

Dog in pet friendly hotel

These are just some of the ways to keep your pet hydrated when traveling. Planning in advance is key. Taking some simple steps ahead of time and being aware of the signs of dehydration are most important to keep your pet safe and your trip happy for you both.

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Prepare for Illness when Traveling with Your Dog and Your Family

This year, almost 100 million Americans are planning annual family vacations, with many hoping to bring their dogs along, too. Traveling with the family is fun and a great way to explore and create memories together, especially when your four-legged family member is involved, but sometimes exposure to germs can wreak havoc on your vacation.

Prepare for illness when traveling with your dog and your family and include preparations and research on how to deal with common as well as uncommon illnesses associated with travel that your dog and family could face, particularly when traveling and exploring new places. A few simple steps can get everyone back on their feet and paws in no time if they do become unwell, helping the whole family to enjoy the trip.

Dog and girl at the beach
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Get vaccinations and preventative treatments before your trip

It’s a good idea for the whole family to get any vaccinations that are recommended for the country that you’re visiting to help keep everyone healthy and safe. For your dog, this means a visit to the vet for their vaccinations too.

A current rabies vaccination is a must before traveling with a dog. Other vaccinations may also be required. Have your veterinarian issue you a rabies certificate and a health certificate as well as any other documentation required if traveling internationally. More information on international pet travel.

A trip to the vet should also include a vaccination against Leishmaniasis, which is common in South and Central America, southern Mexico, and the Mediterranean, as well as Canine Distemper, common in countries where there are a lot of strays and unvaccinated animals.

Canine influenza has been reported in most American States, Canada, China, South Korea, and Thailand, so a vaccination should be given if you’re traveling to any of these countries, especially if you will be kenneling your dog or it will be exposed to other dogs in parks.

Dogs may also need a vaccination against Canine Brucellosis (endemic to the Americas, Asia and Africa) and Trypanosoma evansi (endemic to North and Northeast Africa, Latin America (except Chile), the Middle East, and Asia). There is no cure for Brucellosis once infected and Trypanosoma (surra) can be fatal if left untreated so these vaccinations should be given serious consideration when discussing them with your veterinarian.

Finally, prepare for illness when traveling with your dog to any country and give it preventative treatments against tapeworms and ticks. Your veterinarian can make recommendations on available products.

Preparing for Illness when traveling with your dog means a visit to your vet.
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New places can mean new allergens

Just like people, some dogs are more prone to allergic reactions than others, often due to their breed, but the reality is that anyone can have allergies at any time and for any reason. Traveling to new places will increase the chances of an allergic reaction as everyone will be exposed to new things, such as different pollen caused by plants, dust and various chemicals used in the new environment.

On your daily walk, the following plants may cause allergic reactions in your dog and can even be fatal if ingested – junipers (male), Acacia, Mulberry and oak trees, primrose, daylilies, daffodils, narcissus, tulips, and agapanthus, Oleander bushes, bottlebrush trees, spurge, milk bush, chenille plant, pencil tree, yews (male), Podocarpus (male),  and even Bermuda grass which can be found on rights of way in many cities.

Watch out for itching or biting, welts or sore spots, rashes, swollen faces or unusual behavior as these can be signs of an allergic reaction in your dog. If you suspect an allergy, then Benadryl, Zyrtec, and Claritin are commonly used antihistamines that relieve allergy symptoms or counteract allergic reactions. See a veterinarian to discuss the appropriate dosage for your dog.

As a family, it’s likely you’ll end up eating different foods, which can also increase the risk of food allergies, especially in children trying foods for the first time.

Try to stick to foods that you know don’t contain allergens and don’t be tempted to let your dog try new foods either for the same reason. It’s easier to avoid food allergies in dogs than it is in children as you may be able to pack enough of their usual food based on how long your vacation will be.

Adjusting to foreign food and water

When you prepare for illness when traveling with your dog, foreign food and water are important considerations. Depending on how long you’re traveling for and where you’re going, it’s not always possible or feasible to take a dog’s food with you. For example, some countries won’t allow you to import certain pet foods and you need to be aware of the ingredients, how much liquid they contain and the weight of food as well. Every country will require that your dog’s food be in a bag or can that is manufacturer-sealed. Many countries will not permit the import of food where beef or lamb are ingredients.

What to do?

See if your pet’s usual food is sold in your destination country. Many large stores have locations in foreign countries. If this is not an option, be prepared by writing a list of the main ingredients in your dog’s food so you can find something similar.

If your dog is on a prescription diet, ask customs officials in your destination airport whether you can justify the import if you have a letter from your veterinarian stating the necessity for the food.

It is not always feasible to bring bottled water for your dog and your family when you go on vacation, especially if you are flying. Water quality can vary by country, and it is worth the time to research information from other pet owners.

Speak to your doctor and veterinarian for advice on the best anti-nausea and diarrhea medication to pack and the doses that should be administered.

Start introducing local water gradually by washing food with it, brushing your teeth with it, making ice cubes with it and watch for signs of an upset stomach.

Dog in car on family travels
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Preparing for motion sickness

Both humans and dogs are susceptible to motion sickness, whether you’re in a car or on a boat. Specifically, children and young dogs seem to be the most prone to this condition. If you’ve never traveled a great distance before, it can be difficult to know if motion sickness will be a problem for your family, which is why it’s so important to prepare for it. Luckily, children can tell you how they’re feeling, but look out for common signs of motion sickness in dogs, which include inactivity, whining, yawning, drooling, shaking, licking their lips, and vomiting. Preventing motion sickness in people is similar to preventing motion sickness in dogs. Open the windows for some fresh air, have them sit at the front of the car and face forward if possible, limit food consumption before travel, and stop regularly for breaks. If none of that helps, motion sickness medication from a pharmacist and a veterinarian can be given to relieve symptoms.

Research dangers lurking in the local environment

It’s really important to be aware of and prepared for environmental dangers to your dog and your family in your destination country. Blue-green algae has started to become more prevalent in many countries across the globe, including many US states, the UK, and Mexico. The algae releases toxins as it breaks down, which is dangerous to the health of both animals and humans.

No one should swim in water where algae is present, and you need to take precautions to ensure your dog doesn’t drink it. Make sure they have fresh water available to them to deter them from doing so. Symptoms will include twitching, weakness, seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea and even death in extreme cases.

Lungworm is another potential problem for dogs and is particularly prevalent in the UK currently. Lungworm infestation occurs when dogs eat larvae that are found in snails, slugs, or frogs, so be extra vigilant of what they’re eating when outside. Worst-case scenario, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms so that dogs can be promptly treated. This includes breathing problems, coughing, and a reluctance to exercise.

If you and your dog are traveling to the southwestern United States or northwest Mexico, know that people and animals can develop Valley Fever after inhaling spores growing in loose, sandy soils prevalent in these areas. Be on the lookout for symptoms of coughing, fever, weight loss, lack of appetite, and lack of energy.

Make sure you pack enough medications

If anyone in your family, including your dog, is on medication, you should make sure to pack enough for the duration of your trip. Ideally, bring along a few days extra supply, just in case of travel delays. Keep all pills and lotions in their original packing with the prescription details on the outside of the packaging.

Have a copy of any prescriptions in case you need a refill during your travels. This is also helpful to show proof to any officials that your medicines are prescribed, if required. 

It’s also a good idea to research the location of local doctors, pharmacies, and vets in relation to where you’re staying and have their contact details on hand.

Traveling as a family can feel incomplete if you don’t bring your dog along, plus it’s great fun for your pooch to be involved too; however, don’t forget to prepare for illness when traveling with your dog and your family as it just makes sense. Medical emergencies are not what anybody wants to deal with while on vacation. The object is to keep everyone safe, healthy and happy and make memories together.

Jane Sandwood is a freelance writer and editor who spent over a decade in the tourism industry.

How to Keep Your Dog Safe on a Motorcycle

Dog with Motorcycle
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Most dogs love to travel. They enjoy sniffing out new places and the excitement of taking a ride in the car. Just notice the glee on dogs’ faces when hanging out windows of passing cars. Have you ever passed a motorcycle with a dog riding on it and wish your dog could be that cool? Do you know how to keep your dog safe on a motorcycle?

Before you hop on your bike with your canine sidekick and ride on down the road, there are steps you must take to prepare both yourself and the dog for the rush of adrenaline. Certainly, dogs love to be with their owners at all times, but it is your responsibility is to ensure your pup’s safety on your two-wheeled adventures. And, depending on your dog’s personality, it could become a pro at riding shotgun.

Ease Your Dog into Motorcycle Riding

Not all dogs are fit to ride motorcycles. A dog’s personality and size are two factors that must strongly be considered when thinking about adding your dog as a passenger on your bike. For some dogs, the stress and anxiety are too much for them to handle. Large dogs may be more difficult to safely secure for the speeds that motorcycles can reach.

Generally, the more confident or laid back your dog is, the better passenger it will make regardless of its size. If you think your dog’s temperament is up for the experience, you still need to ease them into riding the motorcycle. Simply tethering your dog to the motorcycle and hoping for the best is not how to keep your dog safe on a motorcycle.

Sidecars, Tail Bag and Dog-Friendly Other Options

How to keep your dog safe on a motorcycle
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Finding a secure place for your dog to sit is fundamental to keep your dog safe on a motorcycle . The size and type of transporter will depend on whether your pet is large or small. If your pet is a small dog, you may at first consider simply holding your dog as you drive, but that’s exceedingly dangerous, both to yourself, your dog and other drivers on the road.

Larger dogs may be able to just “hold on” to the seat, but again, that is a huge safety issue, especially for longer rides. The best choice is to make sure your pet is secured for their protection. There are several different choices of items to use to contain your pet in one location while you’re driving the motorcycle.

  • Backpacks and Slings – Smaller dogs can be placed in backpacks or chest slings similar to the ones parents use to carry babies. The pet should be comfortable being carried in the tote before you attempt to take them for a spin on the motor vehicle.
  • Custom Dog Seat – If you’re a regular traveler who wants a companion on your many road trips, you might consider having a custom dog seat installed on your bike. The special setting allows a pet of any size the ability to ride as a two-up passenger.
  • Tail or Tank Carrier – Dogs of the smaller breed variation can easily fit into a carrier that can be installed on the tail or tank of the bike. Some bikers even have a special carrier built that has windows and ventilation for a pet’s comfort.
  • Sidecar – The ultimate dream of combining pet ownership and motorcycles. Sidecars are the most expensive option that also comes with a lot of spectator attention. It is an option to consider if it fits into your budget and you have a larger dog who has an adventurous spirit.
Dog in Motorcycle Carrier

Take Your Time

Think of it as a parent teaching their child to ride a bicycle. It takes encouragement and patience. You can begin by setting your dog on the motorcycle when the engine is running so they can get used to the noise and vibration. It may take more than one training session before your pup is accustomed to the bike.

Once your dog seems relaxed with the rumble of the bike, you can slowly begin to roll the bike at a low speed that won’t injure your dog if they get spooked and jump off. Any strides your dog makes in accepting the motorcycle should be rewarded with praise and treats.

You can also try calming treats at the beginning of training to help keep your dog relaxed. However, the calming treats should be used with training instead of just drugging the dog into compliance. Your dog’s safety is the most important thing when traveling, whether in a car, motorcycle or airplane.

Know the Law

Read more to find out what you’ll need to ride safely and legally. Typically, dogs can legally ride on motorcycles if they are safely secured; however, it’s best to check your local municipal motor vehicle laws to see if there are additional rules you need to follow to keep your dog safe on a motorcycle.

Doggie Essentials for Road Trips

If you’re merely taking your bike (and pet) for a spin around the block, you don’t need to bring a lot of extra items. However, if you’re taking a trip that will last a few hours or longer, then there are a few things you will need to keep your dog comfortable and happy. What should you bring with you on the road?

Food and Water

Even short trips of a few hours will leave your pet parched and possibly hungry. Always bring water on excursions. Nylon travel bowls are perfect for your pooch’s needs. The loop on the side of the bowl can easily be attached to a belt or zipper to save room on the bike.

You don’t have to schedule your bike ride around your pet’s feeding schedule if you bring their food with you. Be sure to prepare some canned dog food for your canine friend. Don’t forget to pack the calming treats in case your dog gets nervous during the road trip.


dog with doggles for safety
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As cute as it is to see dogs sticking their heads out of car windows or their fur blowing in the open wind, it’s actually very dangerous for their health. Rocks, dirt and other particles can cause irritation in their eyes or even become lodged in the eye. The best way to avoid the potential health problems of exposing your dog to the high winds is a pair of Doggles. That’s dog goggles. They look as funny as they sound, but they work great in protecting your pet’s eyes.


You will need a travel leash for the potty breaks at rest areas along the way. Many rest stops don’t have enclosed areas where pets can roam free. Leashes are often required and keep dogs from running into traffic.

Your pup should also have a collar to attach the leash. A collar is also necessary for identity information about your pet should they get loose and run off.

Microchip or Nametag

Nametags and microchips are the most popular methods pet owners use to let strangers know if the dog is a stray and how to contact the owners in the event of a lost pet. Nametags often communicate the pet’s name, along with the owner’s address and cell phone number.

A growing number of dog owners are choosing to include humorous notes on the nametag, such as Call my mom. I’m lost and she is at home crying. Just don’t forget that the most important thing about a nametag is your pet’s name and your contact information.

Microchips are passive devices that will return a unique and identifying number when scanned. This number can be searched on a number of databases to find the owner’s address and phone number. Unlike name tags that are immediately visible and accessible, microchips require a microchip scanner and database search for identification purposes. However, if you find yourself frequently coming upon lost dogs, you may want to consider purchasing your own personal microchip scanner.

Ready to Hit the Road, Jack

Pet owners often say they would bring their dogs with them everywhere if they could. If you’re a biker, now you can safely bring your beloved pet with you on motorcycle outings. Some dogs will never be comfortable riding motorcycles;, but it can be a fun and exciting experience for both the owner and their willing dog as long as you know how to keep your dog safe on a motorcycle.

Leo Wilson graduated from a university with a major in animal health and behavior. He had over a decade of experience working in the pet industry and has contributed many dogs and pet-related articles to several websites before he decided to start sharing his knowledge on his own blog. And when he is not busy working, he and his wonderful wife love spending time at home with their 3 dogs and 2 cats.

Where to Have Fun with Your Dog in New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand
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Traveling with a dog or cat can be challenging, and, for most pet owners, a trip to New Zealand is a big deal. The country has strict pet import regulations; however, with advance planning, it can be done and is well worth the effort. The North and South islands are ripe for exploring and the scenery is breathtaking. From sweeping mountains to sandy beaches; from glaciers to hot springs; from exciting cities to exotic wildlife, whether you live here or visiting this great country, you’ll have no problems finding out where to have fun with your dog in New Zealand.

Related: Regulations to import your dog or cat to New Zealand

Taking your dog on vacation with you is one of the most enriching things you can do, not only for your dog, but for you and your family as well. Including them in your adventures will strengthen your bond and make your trip so much more meaningful.

Dog owners can give all sorts of excuses as to how they can’t take their dogs out with them on vacations. Such claims may have sounded reasonable years ago, but today, there are few reasons to keep your dogs at home while you explore new places. Now, most travel destinations have dog-friendly attractions for both you and your dog to enjoy, and New Zealand is no exception.

They are no small parks in New Zealand if you are thinking that. There is a number of places that are designed for you and your dog to have a great time. Don’t believe us? Check out these places where to have fun with your dog in New Zealand.

Cornwall Park Cafe, Auckland

Dogs having fun
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Cornwall Park Cafe in the Auckland region of New Zealand is an incredible place to take a break and hang out with your dog. How great it is to have your meals with your pup in open places enjoying the lovely sunshine, the beauty and people around you. This also gives your dog (and you) the opportunity to socialize.

This cafe is welcomes pets inside as well and is alive with people from different regions coming together to enjoy each other and the surroundings. It is a top-notch cafe to grab a quick sandwich or a light breakfast. If you ever happen to be in this eatery, then we highly recommend you check out the bacon and waffles on their menu. They serve breakfast everyday starting at 9:00 AM.

Rogue and Vagabond, Wellington

Have fun with your dog at Rogue and Vagabond Cafe
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Like to rock and roll with your dog? If yes, then you must head to the Rogue & Vagabond Craft Beer Bar when you and your dog visit Wellington.

We can talk all day about the delicious food that the bar and restaurant serve; but the real attractions that Rogue & Vagabond offers are the music gigs that different bands perform here frequently. Dogs are not only allowed here; they are adored by the staff and visitors alike. It is a great place to have fun with your dog in New Zealand.

You can get a quick beer and snack at this bar while you enjoy the fantastic music from up-and-coming as well as established bands in New Zealand that you likely have not heard before. Make sure to be there before the dinner rush as you will see a lot of people lined up to get in the bar around dinner time. Sunday morning jazz is also a popular attraction.

Best Ugly Bagels, Auckland

Have fun with your dog at Best Ugly Bagels and Coffee
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Want to taste the most delicious bagel in the country? Try visiting the Best Ugly Bagels in downtown Auckland. The name might be deceiving, but once you try out the food at this very popular restaurant, then you might have a new favorite eatery on your list. They have reasonable prices for other dishes; however, bagels are their specialty.

Dogs are welcome at the Ugly Bagels, and it is worthwhile to sit there and enjoy the tasty food with them. The service time is quick, and the staff at the restaurant is very friendly. It is truly a place in New Zealand worth visiting.

Bottle Lake Forest Park, Christchurch

Have fun with your dog bicycling at Bottle Lake Forest Park
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No dog would ever refuse an outing in a park, and if it is a place that is as beautiful as the Bottle Lake Forest Park, There are good chances that you and your dog would want to stay all day. Riding along the Waitikiri Drive, you will come across the incredible Bottle Lake Forest Park, a top-rated tourist attraction in Christchurch.

There are many different tracks that you can take with your dog while exploring this park. People into cycling especially like to visit this park. Going through the blue track is an amazing experience that you will have with your dog. It has a fantastic pathway and some picnic areas that your dog will love. Choosing the other tracks will afford you the opportunity see the beautiful scenery along the coastline, which will surely give you and your dog experiences you will not soon forget.

Saint Clair Beach, Dunedin

Have fun with your dog at a New Zealand beach
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A beautiful beach, lovely sunshine, and a fantastic view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline – what more could you want for a nice vacation? At the Saint Clair Beach in Dunedin, you get to experience all of it with your pets. Your dogs will enjoy the open beach where they can run, play, dig sand, and have a fantastic time with you. Going to the Middle Beach, and Saint Kilda Beach are also options when you are here, as these beaches are adjacent to it.

The beach has some lovely hotels where you can stay nearby after spending your time there. You will get to meet all sorts of people coming from different countries to visit here with their pets. It is a very calming beach and a great place to explore. It is easy to commute to this beach with the locally available buses, and if you are driving to this place, you will have no problems finding a parking space as there is ample space available.

These spots are just some of the many places where you can have fun with your dog in New Zealand. Indeed, There are many more adventures that await you and your dog in this beautiful country. Why not plan a trip with your dog so you both can enjoy a wonderful experience together?

Rebecca Siggers has been closely studying the travel industry trends from quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current travel trends and also likes to write about food and beverages, particularly wine.

The Cost to Ship a Pet Dog, Cat or Other Animal

Cost to ship dog, cat or other animal

If you are a pet owner, sooner or later, you will need to transport your pet, either with or without you. Pet owners take vacations; they relocate to new countries; they rescue disadvantaged pets. In all cases, there are 2 important questions to ask: what do I need to do and what is the cost to ship my pet dog, cat or other animal?

Obviously, all pet owners would like to ship their pet the best way possible, imposing the least amount of stress on them; however, cost is always an important part of the equation as transporting a pet can be quite expensive, especially internationally. Certainly, budget preparations should be made in advance.

Options to Ship a Pet Dog, Cat or Other Animal

Ground Transport

Auto transport

Ground transport may appear to be one of your best options for moving your pet, especially if you can accompany it; however, this option may not necessarily be the best option for your pet for many reasons. Being removed from its environment can be stressful for many pets, so the length of the trip is important when considering what type of transport you use for your pet. Ground transport may accommodate shorter trips, but not all trips can be short.

Depending on your route, auto transport may take a lot of time and expense, especially if you need to hire someone to drive your pet. When you consider the cost of the driver’s time, fuel, meals, overnight accommodations, auto or van rental and return travel, the cost can add up quickly. Also, being confined in a car for very long periods of time can be acceptable for some pets but not for others.

Although this is not the case in all countries, the availability of bus and train transport in the US is limited, and carriers like Amtrak will only accept small cats and dogs under 20 pounds. If these forms of transportation do not serve your destination, then you need to find other options when you disembark.

Find more information on transporting a pet by ground.

Transport by Sea

Certainly, ground transport is not always possible, especially if your destination is across a large body of water like an ocean. Very few commercial vessels will accept pets unless they are service or emotional support animals. The Queen Mary 2 is pet friendly if it accommodates your route.

Commercial Air Transport

Air pet transport

Air transport is the quickest option for traveling pets. Costs will vary significantly based on airline pet policies, the class of service used, size and weight of your pet as well as your route and destination country. Many pet owners share concerns with flying their pet, especially in the cargo hold, but safety is every airline’s first priority when it comes to shipping live animals and, considering the number of live animals flown each year to the number of incidents, flying is a viable option that should be considered as long as your pet can be acclimated to a carrier or crate.

There are 3 classes of service to ship dogs, cats and other animals on commercial airlines. Note that not all 3 options are available on all commercial airlines.

  • In-cabin – generally for small dogs and cats weighing less than 18 pounds and less than 19 inches high when standing (will vary according to airline pet policies
  • Checked Baggage – for larger dogs and cats (and sometime other animals) accompanied by an adult passenger. Weights are generally between 19 and 100 pounds but may be less) Travel will be in a special area of the cargo hold which is temperature and pressure controlled.
  • Air Cargo – unaccompanied dogs, cats and (sometimes) other animals or pets bound by destination country regulations or requirements. Travel will be in a special area of the cargo hold which is temperature and pressure controlled.

Generally, the cost to ship a pet dog, cat or other animal in the cabin or as checked baggage is a fixed price and the cost is charged for each direction of the flight. So, if you were flying from JFK to Paris round trip, your airline will impose a separate cost to fly to Paris and another similiar cost to return to JFK, no matter what class of service your pet was flying under.

Some airlines will tier their pricing based on the length of your route or the size of your pet, if flying either in-cabin or as checked baggage. Lufthansa and Philippine Airlines are examples of airlines that use this type of pricing.

Note that several airlines will impose an additional pet fee if the flight has a layover, even if your pet is staying on the same airline. (Air France is an example). Also, if your pet changes airline companies during a layover, another pet fee will always be imposed by the airline operating the next leg of the journey.

In-Cabin and Checked Baggage

Here are some samples of costs imposed by major airlines for pets flying in the cabin and as checked baggage. Note that these costs may change, so it is always best to contact your airline to confirm recent costs and make a reservation for your pet. Note that these are not round-trip costs;  they are charged for flying in each direction.

In-cabin cost

  • American Airlines – $125
  • Delta Airlines – $125 (US/Canada/Puerto Rico), $200 (International/Virgin Islands), $75 (Brazil)
  • United – $125 (more for longer trips with multiple layovers)
  • Southwest – $95 flat fee
  • Lufthansa – $59 (domestic w/in Germany), $69 (w/in EU), $92 (to/from N. Africa/Asia/Mediterranean Countries), $103-126 (intercontinental), $100 (to/from Japan)
  • KLM – EUR 30 to EUR 200 depending on destination
  • Turkish Airlines – 80 TRY w/in Tturkey, $70 USD (minimum) international

Checked Baggage Cost

  • American Airines – $200 all routes ($150 to/from Brazil)
  • Delta, Southwest & United – checked baggage service for pets is not offered
  • Lufthansa – $92 (domestic w/in Germany), $115 (w/in EU), $149 (to/from N. Africa/Asia/Mediterranean Countries), $172-218 (intercontinental), $200 (to/from Japan)
  • KLM – EUR 30 to EUR 200 depending on destination
  • Turkish Airlines – 120-260 TRY (depending on size of pet) w/in Turkey, $140 USD (minimum) international

Air Cargo

To estimate the cost to ship your pet dog, cat or other animal via air cargo is where things get complicated. Most airlines charge by dimensional weight which includes the weight of your pet including their crate and the dimensions of the crate. The algorithms used by cargo departments can be pretty complicated and very hard to estimate, especially for international transport as many factors affect the estimate including the cost of fuel which can vary frequently. United Airlines offers a dimensional weight calculator which is easy to use.

Simply put, the cost to ship your pet as air cargo is going to be considerably more than flying with it in the cabin or flying it as checked baggage. Why is this? Basically, because, when flying as air cargo, your airline will track your pet via an Air Waybill from the origination airport through layover airport(s) to the destination airport. The airline is responsible for the care of your pet from the moment it is checked in at the cargo facility. This arrangement is a bit different than pets flying as checked baggage where the owner has more responsibility to provide for care at layover airports when applicable.

In addition to the cost involved, almost all commercial airlines will require that an agent book your pet’s transport as air cargo. Agents will charge a fee for this which can vary significantly depending on the services required and the extent of documentation involved. As shipping a pet can get very complicated, the peace of mind knowing an expert is handling your pet’s transport is worth the cost.

If you need an estimate of the cost to ship your pet as air cargo, then you may want to contact an agent who can assist you with cost figures for your specific route and pet. The International Pet and Animal Transport Association is a worldwide organization of licensed transporters who can help you ship your pet safely. You can search for an agent by name, country or airport on their website.

You can also contact us if you have any questions about shipping your dog, cat or other animal as air cargo.

As the costs to ship your dog, cat or other animal as air cargo are significantly more than in the cabin or as checked baggage, why would a pet owner ship their pet using this option?

  1. The destination country requires it. (examples are UK, UAE, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and others).
  2. The owner or their representative cannot accompany their pet.
  3. The pet is being shipped for commercial purposes.
  4. The dog or other animal is very large (generally over 100 lbs. including crate).
  5. The airline does not offer checked baggage services for live animals.
private transport air jet charter

Private Jet Charter

Chartering a private jet is the ultimate in shipping a pet. Your dog, cat or other animal can fly with you in the cabin, relaxing and enjoying the trip either on your lap or right next to you, depending on their size (of course). Here are some of the benefits of chartering a private jet:

  • You can book your trip according to your schedule.
  • No security or check-in lines at the airport.
  • Temperatures are not a concern.
  • Any size pet can fly safely in the cabin with you.
  • There are no distractions from other pets or passengers.
  • You can choose in-flight options.
  • You have 2 private captains to serve you.

As you can imagine, the cost for a private jet is considerable; however, it will be the experience of a lifetime for both you and your pet. You can click here to find sample prices to ship your dog or cat via private jet charter.

Other Important Costs

There are other costs to consider as well when transporting a pet, especially internationally. Some of these include:

  • Cost of a crate or carrier and accessories
  • Veterinary and lab costs for tests, vaccinations and health certificates
  • Import permits (if required)
  • Government endorsement (if required)
  • Pre- and post-travel inspection (if required)
  • Quarantine costs (if required)
  • Entrance fees (if required)
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) (depending on the purpose of travel)

With all considerations involved, it is best to start early when planning to transport your pet because the costs can be notable. Certainly, it is worth the cost to ship your pet dog, cat or other animal when you relocate to a new destination, take an extended vacation or rescue a pet who does not have a home; however, costs can be sizeable when traveling far distances and being aware of those costs early on will allow you the ability to budget for them.

The Best Dog Friendly Adventures in California

Dog Friendly California Destinations

With a fabulous collection of dog-friendly beaches, miles of beautiful hiking trails, and a wonderful array of dog-friendly restaurants, cafes and bars, California is one of the best places in the world to find adventure with your four-legged friend. Here are some of the best dog-friendly places to visit in California with your dog.


Carmel simply loves dogs and will welcome them just as much as their two-legged visitors. For starters, take your pooch along the scenic path from Carmel River Beach to Carmel Beach for incredible views, and then head down to the beach itself. Carmel Beach allows dogs to play on the sand and frolic in the surf even when they are off-leash (as long as they are trained to respond well to voice commands)!

For more fun times, visit Carmel Plaza, Carmel River State Beach, Seventeen Mile Drive, Mission Trail Park, Carmel Walks and Garrapata State Park for numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure with your best friend. 

If you are not worn out, head to the Mission Trail Park, a 33-acre nature preserve with 5 miles of wonderful trails through pine and redwood trees to exercise your dog and soak up some nature along the way. Then head to Downtown Carmel, where shopkeepers offer dog biscuits, water bowls and even delicious gourmet doggie meals such as grilled chicken, biscuits, kibbles and steak. Many restaurants and cafes offer dogs and their owners both open-air and covered patios as well as a variety of indoor spaces to relax.

Done for the day? There are  many excellent dog friendly hotels and inns in Carmel, which will warmly welcome both you and your four-legged friend, even offering welcoming doggy packs! Just be sure you are aware of their pet policies and reserve a room for you both in advance.

Dog on beach in California

San Diego

This is another wonderful pet paradise in California full of dog-friendly adventures. San Diego’s weather is perfect for both people and their pets, and they have a fantastic collection of dog-friendly beaches (including the original dog beach!) and a plentiful supply of wide-open spaces.

San Diego also offers many excellent dog-friendly hotels, which even include pampering services. This city also offers all sorts of doggy-inspired events for your both to enjoy including the DogFest and Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise.

Sections of Del Mar Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado North to Mission Bay’s Fiesta Island are all  dog friendly, and there’s also a great selection of dog-friendly parks including Balboa Park’s two-dog parks. Have a super friendly dog? Make sure you head to one of the city’s summer events such as Imperial Beach’s Unleashed Surf Dog tournaments or the Hornblower cruise’s annual Pet Day on the Bay. Alternatively, just opt for some Doggie Yoga and Pup Paddle-boarding instead – yes really!

Lake Tahoe

The alpine paradise of Lake Tahoe is a scenic doggie heaven with lots of adventurous options for both dogs and their parents. Campers will find MacKerriecher State Park’s three campgrounds dog-friendly and ready, including Nevada Beach campground with a wonderful dog spot. You can even take your dog swimming at a dog-friendly beach like  Homewood’s Obexer General or hike in a lift at Squaw Valley’s aerial tram and Northstar’s lifts as long as your dog is leashed.

What dog-friendly adventure is complete without renting a raft like dozes of other summer  pet travelers and float  for miles down the Truckee River. You can also try out a dog-friendly canoe with spacious cockpits for a furry member and their parent at the Tahoe City Kayak. What fun for you both!

Summer estate outbuildings and homes are  plentiful too at the Tallac Historic Site where your dog is invited assuming it is leashed.

Lake Tahoe has trails that span hundreds of miles and you and your dog will love exploring them as much as Tahoe City Lakeside Trail and Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

The area also has delightful treats for dogs in any of the diverse dog specialty stores, including spa treatment, dog toys among others.

Cannon Beach

Dog friendly adventure in Canon Beach

Cannon Beach will remind you of Carmel with its lush forest extended in a way that seems to meet the sea. You can hike local trails with your dog through tall trees as you observe your furry companion’s reaction to elk, deer, chipmunks and raccoon scents. Dogs are allowed at the beach without a leash, if well behaved.  Natural trails such as Elk Creek Nature Preserve is a special place to walk your furry pet. You can also enjoy the natural flora and fauna of Ecola State Park.

Local doggie stores in Cannon Beach offer both human and pet products as well as dog-friendly outdoor spaces and seating. Water bowls are abundant with most local hotels allowing pooches with hospitable pet services.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz offers both enjoyable pet outings and hearty dog-friendly adventures as well as dog-friendly resorts and restaurants, redwood hikes and pet-friendly beaches.

The county includes lots of picnic sections and campsites, natural hiking spots like the Big Basin Redwoods State Park or miles of paved surface along the North Escape Road. Others include an immense number of trails from the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to Byrne-Milliron Forest and Roaring Camp Railroads perfect for families and their furry companions.

If you fancy a picnic, then head for the Felton Covered Bridge Park and enjoy the San Lorenzo River together or enjoy the pet-friendly wineries and beaches in Santa Cruz where dogs are welcome.

Leashed dogs are allowed in downtown Santa Cruz while surfer points such as East Cliff Parkway is an enchanting point to watch surf duels and wave runners with your dog. Leashed dogs are also allowed in tide-pooling adventures, particularly around Live Oak’s Santa Maria Beach.

Newport Beach

Be sure not to miss Newport Beach, a unique pet-friendly place with dogs invited to so many places from high-end hotels such as the Island Hotel and Hyatt Regency Newport Beach to West Coast food and fashion locations like Fashion Island that are very friendly to well behaved pups and their companions,.

The open sea is always a delight for every dog walker and owner where Duffy boats are perfect for pooches and their parents who love their cocktail cruises just right. The water’s edge is a perfect place to wind down with your dog by watching the sunset and making evening runs along the way.

Mornings along Newport beaches are truly special, including hikes along El Moro Canyon or Back Bay with your pet. Be sure and check out beaches from Newport Beach Dog Park, Municipal Beach to Crystal Cove State Park. Doggy day care and shopping centers open for dogs including Fashion Island, Petco, Charlie & Me to Russo’s Pets are fun places to bring your best friend.

Groom your  dog at a dozen of places such as Paw Spa, Ace Pet to One Bark Avenue.

Newport Beach includes lots of pet friendly resorts and hotels that welcome dogs with great fanfare including treats and water bowls.

Half Moon Bay

Dog friendly Half Moon Bay

Like in most of dog-friendly California and nearby areas, beaches are all the rage in Half Moon Bay such as Half Moon Bay’s State Beach and Poplar Beach, perfect places for ball tossing and picnics. Right off Wavecrest Road is Half Moon Bay Dog Park, a community funded and supported park where furry friend meet-ups are aplenty. Enjoy scenic biking, running and leisure strolls with your leashed dog in the Coastal Trail.

Half Moon Bay includes dog-friendly hotels and motels, posh packages for pooches and tight budget options for those with dogs in local inns. Overall, Half Moon Bay is largely a dog-friendly area with top natural surroundings and commercial establishments with their doors open to both pooches and people.

So, no matter what you and your dog are up for, whether enjoying the outdoors or shopping in unique pet boutiques or sharing a spa experience, California will not disappoint. There are truly all sorts of dog-friendly adventures here.

Becky Moore is a semi nomadic traveller and owner of Global Grasshopper – an award winning blog. Here she writes about under the radar destinations and dog friendly travel. 

10 Mistakes to Avoid when Traveling with Your Dog

Traveling with a dog
Photo Courtesy of Joseph Ken

Traveling with a dog can be an enjoyable experience if you prepare properly. Having problems during your trip can ruin your vacation as well as end it abruptly. Here are ten essential tips to help you get the most out of your shared traveling experience.

Not booking your airline and pet friendly hotel well in advance

Booking in advance is essential when you are traveling with a pet, not just in terms of the accommodation you will use at the end of the journey, but in securing the best means of travel. Booking well in advance give you ample time to follow all the steps on this list, allowing you to select the most comfortable means of travel for your pet, and giving you the preparation time you need to avoid last-minute stresses. You should contact your airline or pet friendly hotel to make a reservation for your pet.

Not checking travel policies and procedures

Before you travel, it is essential that you consider all the policies and procedures that cover traveling with a pet. Whether it is by auto, airline, bus, train or boat, if you are using a public service, there will be strict pet regulations that you must adhere to. Read up on everything, and check if there is anything that you are unsure about. The last thing you want to happen is to arrive at the airport, for example, and find that your pet is not allowed to travel because of some oversight you made during your research on traveling with your pet.

Not ensuring you have the right documentation

Speaking of air travel, it is now essential that, when traveling internationally, pets should be transported with the correct pet health certification. Pet insurance is not mandatory to fly, but is highly recommended if it is available. Is your dog or cat microchipped? Many countries will require this. Almost all countries will require that your dog or cat be vaccinated for rabies. Does your pet have a pet passport? You didn’t know you needed one?! You see how things can happen. Simply ensure that you are up to speed with all the requirements, and don’t get caught unprepared.

Not training and socializing your pet

If you are traveling with a dog, it is highly recommended that you start to train them before you depart on your journey. If you are going on a long road trip, for example, and your dog never accompanies you in your car, that is not good preparation, so start to take your dog on shorter trips leading up to the event to get them used to the experience. Train your dog to behave during the trip by employing a rewards process in these practice runs too.

Likewise, if your dog is rarely or never in a public environment, but you are about to set off on a long bus or train journey, or take them on the subway, this foreign experience could provoke fear. Instead, take them to a nearby dog park or pet friendly restaurant. Get your animal accustomed to people bit by bit, and train them in all of the necessary manners you would expect of an animal traveling in a public space. Other people will thank you for it, and it could help immeasurably reduce your stress levels too.

Failing to keep your pet adequately fed and watered

This is common sense, but your animal may become agitated if they are not adequately cared for during the trip. Although you should reduce their food intake prior to travel, do not limit their access to water and plan for those necessary toilet breaks. Which leads us to…

Failing to pack properly

Your dog’s needs will involve plenty of pre-planning, so ensure that you pack for every eventuality. Your dog will need to take a toilet break, as will you during the journey, so ensure you have all the necessary equipment, including a sturdy leash, from a hygiene perspective (also making sure you conform to airline rules with regards to what you can and cannot bring with you). Pack treats, toys, towels and any necessary medication. It’s just like packing for yourself, just give it a different perspective.

Not adequately securing your dog during travel

Have you checked up on all the rules stipulating how your animal must be secured during travel? From crates to carriers to leads to harnesses, restraints and even seat belts, there are a number of regulations surrounding the transport of your animal, so don’t get caught running afoul of the law, which could lead to a hefty penalty and even separation from your animal, which can cause distress on both sides.

Choose the wrong time of day to travel

Avoid the heat of the day by traveling in the cooler mornings or evenings. If your pet is nocturnal, day travel might be better. Just think about what suits best in terms of their comfort and security.

Not updating tags / microchips / contact information

If your pet has a tag or microchip, now is the time to make sure everything is completely up to date. Names, cell phone numbers, email addresses and what to do in case of an emergency should all be detailed clearly so, if a separation should occur, you can be safely and quickly reunited with your beloved pet. Considering microchipping your pet as it is the best protection you can give your pet when traveling.

Failing to plan in case of emergencies

A bit like planning in the case where you and your pet getting separated, no one wants to think about emergency scenarios, but it is just good planning to make sure that you do give every scenario ample consideration. If you are flying, consider what the emergency procedures are in airports and what type of policies airlines themselves employ. If you are going on a long road trip, it’s a good idea to consider options for vets along the route, as well as your final destination. If your pet has medical requirements, make sure these are covered on your pet’s tag or microchip too so they can be adequately cared for in the interim. It probably won’t happen, but you’ll be grateful you prepared if it does.

Traveling with a dog is certainly worth all the effort. A few simple steps ahead of time will go a long way in ensuring a safe and happy trip for everyone.

Animal trainer and writer Joel Syder can be found at Originwritings and PhdKingdom. Assisting in the care and development of your pet is Joel’s passion, and you can also find his insights at AcademicBrits.