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Top Ten Travel Tips
 Bring your pet's own food, dishes, litter and litter box, leash, collar with I.D. tags, a first-aid kit and a bottle of water from home. These will make your pet more comfortable, decrease the chances of an upset stomach from a strange brand of food and help prepare you for emergencies. Maintain the normal feeding and walking schedules as much as possible. Be sure to bring old bath towels or paper towels in case of an accident and plastic bags in which to dispose of your pet's waste. It is a good idea to bring a picture of your pet for identification purposes in case you and your pet become separated.
 Bring your pet's vaccination records with you when traveling within the state, and a health certificate when traveling out of state. If you plan on boarding him at any time during your vacation, call the kennel to reserve his space, to see what they require you to bring and to find out if they require a health certificate.
 Bring your pet's favorite toys, leash, grooming supplies, medications, bedding and waste removal supplies. It is a good idea to bring an old sheet or blanket from home to place over the hotel's bedding, just in case your pet gets on the bed. It also will come in handy to protect your car seats from pet hair and dirty paws.
 Tape the address of where you are staying on the back of your pet's I.D. tag, or add a laminated card or new I.D. tag to your pet's collar, or add a second collar with a friend's or family member's phone number. It is always a good idea to have a second contact person on your pet'scollar in case of a natural disaster so that someone out of your area can be contacted if you and your pet become separated.
 Do not leave your pets unattended in the hotel room. The surroundings are new and unfamiliar to your pet, which may cause him to become upset and destroy property he normally would not, or to bark excessively and disturb your neighbors. You will also run the risk of his escaping. If a maid should open the door to clean your room, the pet may see that as a chance to escape to find you, or he may attack the maid out of fear.
 Train your pet to accept being in a crate. This will come in handy if you ever need to travel by plane. Make sure the crate has enough room for your pet to stand up comfortably and to turn around inside. Be sure to trim your pet's nails so they don't get caught in the crate door or ventilation holes. Crates come in handy in hotel rooms, too. If your pet is already used to being in a crate, he will not object if you leave him in one long enough to go out to breakfast. Never take your pet with you if you will have to leave him in the car. If it is 85ºF outside, within minutes the inside of the car can reach over 160ºF, even with the windows cracked, causing heat stroke and possible death. According to The Humane Society of the United States, the signs of heat stress are: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting or a deep red or purple tongue. If heat stoke does occur, the pet must be cooled by dousing him with water and applying ice packs to his head and neck. He should then be taken to a veterinarian immediately.
 When your pet is confined to a crate, the best way to provide water is to freeze it in the cup that hooks onto the door of the crate. That way they will get needed moisture without the water splashing all over the crate. Freezing water in your pet's regular water bowl also works well for car trips.
 Be sure to put your pet's favorite toys and bedding in the crate. Label the crate with "LIVE ANIMAL" and "THIS END UP," plus the address and phone number of your destination, as well as your home address and phone number and the number of someone to contact in case of an emergency.
 When traveling by plane be sure to book the most direct flights possible. The less your pet has to be transferred from plane to plane, the less chance of you being separated. This is also very important when traveling in hot or cold weather. You don't want your pet to have to wait in the cargo hold of a plane or be exposed to bad weather any longer than necessary. Check with the airlines for the type of crate they require and any additional requirements. They are very strict about the size and type of crate you may carry on board.
 Do not feed your pet before traveling. This reduces the risk of an upset stomach or an accident in his crate or your car. When traveling by car, remember that your pet needs rest stops as often as you do. It is a good idea for everyone to stretch their legs from time to time. If your pet is unfamiliar with car travel, then get him accustomed to the car gradually. Start a few weeks before your trip with short trips around town and extend the trips a little each time. Then he will become accustomed to the car before your trip and it will be more pleasant for all involved.
Traveling With Your Pet
Courtesy of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
2100 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
© 1995 HSUS. All rights reserved.
If you are planning a trip and you share your life with a pet, you have a few decisions to make before you set off. The following are some tips to help you plan a safer and smoother trip for both you and your pet.
SHOULD YOU TRAVEL WITH YOUR PET?
Some pets are not suited for travel because of temperament, illness or physical impairment. If you have any doubts about whether it is appropriate for your pet to travel, talk to your veterinarian.
If you decide that your pet should not travel with you, consider the alternatives: have a responsible friend or relative look after your pet, board your pet at a kennel or hire a sitter to visit, feed and exercise your pet.
If a friend or relative is going to take care of your pet, ask if that person can take your pet into his or her home. Animals can get lonely when left at home alone. Be sure that your pet is comfortable with his or her temporary caretaker and any pets that person has.
If you choose to board your pet, get references and inspect the kennel. Your veterinarian or local shelter can help you select a facility. If you are hiring a sitter, interview the candidates and check their references. (A pet sitter may be preferable if your pet is timid or elderly and needs the comfort of familiar surroundings during your absence.)
Whatever option you choose, there are a few things to remember. Your pet should be up to date on all vaccinations and in sound health. Whoever is caring for your pet should know the telephone number at which you can be reached, the name and telephone number of your veterinarian, and your pet's medical or dietary needs. Be sure that your pet is comfortable with the person you have chosen to take care of him or her.
If You Plan to Travel With Your Pet
THE PRE-TRIP VETERINARY EXAMINATION
Before any trip, have your veterinarian examine your pet to ensure that he or she is in good health. A veterinary examination is a requisite for obtaining the legal documents required for many forms of travel.
In addition to the examination, your veterinarian should provide necessary vaccinations such as rabies, distemper, infectious hepatitis and leptospirosis. If your pet is already up to date on these, obtain written proof.
Your veterinarian may prescribe a tranquilizer for the pet who is a nervous traveler; however, such drugs should be considered only after discussion with your veterinarian. He or she may recommend a trial run in which your pet is given the prescribed dosage and you can observe the effects. Do not give your pet any drug not prescribed or given to you by your veterinarian.
When traveling with your pet, it is always advisable to keep a health certificate (a document from your veterinarian certifying that your pet is in good health) and medical records close at hand. If you and your pet will be traveling across state lines, you must obtain from your veterinarian a certificate of rabies vaccination.
Although pets may travel freely throughout the United States as long as they have proper documentation, Hawaii requires a 120-day quarantine for all dogs and cats. Hawaii's quarantine regulations vary by species, so check prior to travel.
If you and your pet are traveling from the United States to Canada, you must carry a certificate issued by a veterinarian that clearly identifies the animal and certifies that the dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies during the preceding thirty-six-month period. Different Canadian provinces may have different requirements. Be sure to contact the government of the province you plan to visit.
If you and your pet are traveling to Mexico, you must carry a health certificate prepared by your veterinarian within two weeks of the day you cross the border. The certificate must include a description of your pet, the lot number of the rabies vaccine used, indication of distemper vaccination and a veterinarian's statement that the animal is free from infectious or contagious disease. This certificate must be stamped by an office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The fee for the stamp is $4.
Get Ready to Hit the Road
Travel carriers are useful when your pet is traveling by car; they are mandatory when your pet is traveling by air. Your pet's carrier should be durable and smooth-edged with opaque sides, a grille door, and several ventilation holes on each of the four sides. Choose a carrier with a secure door and door latch. If you are traveling by air, your carrier should have food and water dishes. Pet carriers may be purchased from pet-supply stores or bought directly from domestic airlines. Select a carrier that has enough room to permit your animal to sit and lie down, but is not large enough to allow your pet to be tossed about during travel. You can make the carrier more comfortable by lining the interior with shredded newspaper or a towel. (For air-travel requirements, see the "Traveling by Air" section.)
It is wise to acclimate your pet to the carrier in the months or weeks preceding your trip. Permit your pet to explore the carrier. Place your pet's food dish inside the carrier and confine him or her to the carrier for brief periods.
To introduce your pet to car travel in the carrier, confine him or her in the carrier and take short drives around the neighborhood. If properly introduced to car travel, most dogs and cats will quickly adjust to and even enjoy car trips.
CAREFUL PREPARATION IS KEY
When packing, don't forget your pet's food, food and water dishes, bedding, litter and litter box, leash, collar and tags, grooming supplies, a first-aid kit and any necessary medications. Always have a container of drinking water with you.
Your pet should wear a sturdy collar with I.D. tags throughout the trip. The tags should have both your permanent address and telephone number and an address and telephone number where you or a contact can be reached during your travels.
Traveling can be upsetting to your pet's stomach. Take along ice cubes, which are easier on your pet than large amounts of water. You should keep feeding to a minimum during travel. (Provide a light meal for your pet two or three hours before you leave, if you are traveling by car, or four to six hours before departure, if you are traveling by airplane.) Allow small amounts of water periodically in the hours before the trip.
On Your Way
TRAVELING BY CAR
Dogs who enjoy car travel need not be confined to a carrier if your car has a restraining harness (available at pet-supply stores) or if you are accompanied by a passenger who can restrain the dog. Because most cats are not as comfortable traveling in cars, for their own safety as well as yours, it is best to keep them in a carrier.
Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the car. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or become ill from having cold air forced into their lungs. Never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck.
Stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and eliminate. Never permit your pet to leave the car without a collar, I.D. tag and leash.
Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. On warm days, the temperature in your car can rise to 160ºF in a matter of minutes, even with the windows opened slightly. Furthermore, an animal left alone in a car is an open invitation to pet thieves.
TRAVELING BY AIR
Although thousands of pets fly without experiencing problems every year, there are still risks involved. The HSUS recommends that you do not transport your pet by air unless absolutely necessary.
If you must transport your companion animal by air, call the airline to check health and immunization requirements for your pet.
If your pet is a cat or a small dog, take him or her on board with you. Be sure to contact airlines to find out the specific requirements for this option. If you pursue this option, you have two choices: airlines will accept either hard-sided carriers or soft-sided carriers, which may be more comfortable for your pet. Only certain brands of soft-sided carriers are acceptable to certain airlines, so call your airline to find out what carrier to use.
If your pet must travel in the cargo hold, you can increase the chances of a safe flight for your pet by following these tips:
* Use direct flights. You will avoid the mistakes that occur during airline transfers and possible delays in getting your pet off the plane.
* Always travel on the same flight as your pet. Ask the airline if you can watch your pet being loaded into and unloaded from the cargo hold.
* When you board the plane, notify the captain and at least one flight attendant that your pet is traveling in the cargo hold. If the captain knows that pets are on board, he or she may take special precautions.
* Do not ship pug-nosed dogs and cats (such as Pekingese, Chow Chows and Persians) in the cargo hold. These breeds have short nasal passages that leave them vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke in cargo holds.
* If traveling during the summer or winter months, choose flights that will accommodate the temperature extremes: early morning or late evening flights are better in the summer; afternoon flights are better in the winter.
* Fit your pet with two pieces of identification — a permanent I.D. tag with your name, home address and telephone number, and a temporary travel I.D. with the address and telephone number where you or a contact person can be reached.
* Affix a travel label to the carrier, stating your name, permanent address and telephone number, and final destination. The label should clearly state where you or a contact person can be reached as soon as the flight arrives.
* Make sure that your pet's nails have been clipped to protect against their hooking in the carrier's door, holes and other crevices.
* Give your pet at least a month before your flight to become familiar with the travel carrier. This will minimize his or her stress during travel.
* Your pet should not be given tranquilizers unless they are prescribed by your veterinarian. Make sure your veterinarian understands that this prescription is for air travel.
* Do not feed your pet for four to six hours prior to air travel. Small amounts of water can be given before the trip. If possible, put ice cubes in the water tray attached to the inside of your pet's kennel. A full water bowl will only spill and cause discomfort.
* Try not to fly with your pet during busy travel times such as holidays and summer. Your pet is more likely to undergo rough handling during hectic travel periods.
* Carry a current photo of your pet with you. If your pet is lost during the trip, a photograph will make it easier for airline employees to search effectively.
* When you arrive at your destination, open the carrier as soon as you are in a safe place and examine your pet. If anything seems wrong, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. Get the results of the examination in writing, including the date and time.
Do not hesitate to complain if you witness the mishandling of an animal — either yours or someone else's — at any airport.
If you have a bad experience when shipping your animal by air, contact The HSUS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the airline involved. To contact the USDA write to USDA, Animal, Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Washington, D.C. 20250.
TRAVELING BY SHIP
With the exception of assistance dogs, only a few cruise lines accept pets — normally only on ocean crossings and frequently confined to kennels. Some lines permit pets in private cabins. Contact cruise lines in advance to find out their policies and which of their ships have kennel facilities. If you must use the ship's kennel, make sure it is protected from the elements.
Follow the general guidelines suggested for other modes of travel when planning a ship voyage.
TRAVELING BY TRAIN
Amtrak currently does not accept pets for transport unless they are assistance dogs. (There may be smaller U.S. railroad companies that permit animals on board their trains.) Many trains in European countries allow pets. Generally, it is the passengers' responsibility to feed and exercise their pets at station stops.
There are approximately eight thousand hotels, motels and inns across the United States that accept guests with pets. Most hotels set their own policies, so it is important to call ahead and ask if pets are permitted and if there is a size limit.
IF YOUR PET IS LOST
Whenever you travel with your pet, there is a chance that you and your pet will become separated. It only takes a moment for an animal to stray and become lost. If your pet is missing, immediately canvass the area. Should your pet not be located within a few hours, take the following actions:
* Contact the animal control departments and humane societies within a sixty-mile radius of where your pet strayed. Check with them each day.
* Post signs at intersections and in storefronts throughout the area.
* Provide a description and a photograph of your missing pet to the police, letter carriers or delivery people.
* Advertise in newspapers and with radio stations. Be certain to list your hotel telephone number on all lost-pet advertisements.
A lost pet may become confused and wary of strangers. Therefore, it may be days or even weeks before the animal is retrieved by a Good Samaritan. If you must continue on your trip or return home, arrange for a hotel clerk or shelter employee to contact you if your pet is located.
DO YOUR PART TO MAKE PETS WELCOME GUESTS
Many hotels, restaurants and individuals will give your pet special consideration during your travels. It is important for you to do your part to ensure that dogs and cats will continue to be welcomed as traveling companions. Obey local animal-control ordinances, keep your animal under restraint, be thoughtful and courteous to other travelers and have a good trip!
If you have more specific questions or are traveling with a companion animal other than a dog or cat, contact the Companion Animals section of The HSUS.
* To transport birds out of the United States, record the leg-band or tattoo number on the USDA certificate and get required permits from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.
* Carry a current photograph of your pet with you. If your pet is lost during a trip, a photograph will make it easier for others (airline employees, the police, shelter workers, etc.) to help find your pet.
* While thousands of pets fly without problems every year, there are risks involved. The HSUS recommends that you do not transport your pet by air unless absolutely necessary.
Whenever you travel with your pet, there is a chance that you and your pet will be separated. If your pet is lost, immediately canvass the area and take appropriate action.
Residence Inn by Marriott
1700 South Clementine Street
Anaheim, California 92802
800-331-3131 * (714) 533-3555
|Room Rates:||$169 - $229, including breakfast buffet. AAA and AARP discounts.|
|Pet Charges or Deposits:||$6 per day. $275 deposit.|
|Rated: 3 Paws ***||200 rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchens and some fireplaces, daily maid service, grocery shopping service, heated pool, whirlpool, Sport Court, health club privileges, meeting facilities, complimentary evening beverage.|
Located near major Southern California attractions, the Anaheim Residence Inn by Marriott will appeal to business travelers and vacationers alike. From spacious accommodations with separate sleeping and living areas, the fully equipped kitchens, grocery shopping service, laundry facilities, room service from any of the local restaurants, work areas and meeting facilities, to the manager-hosted continental breakfast buffet and informal hospitality hour, the inn seems more like a home than a hotel.
For recreation, the retreat offers a heated swimming pool, whirlpool, toddlers' pool, barbecue areas and a Sport Court, where you can play a game of basketball, volleyball or tennis. Your pet can join you for a stroll around the groomed grounds.
Apple Lane Inn Bed and Breakfast
6265 Soquel Drive
Aptos, California 95003
800-649-8988 * (831) 475-6868
|Room Rates:||$95 - $150, including breakfast. AAA, AARP and AKC discounts.|
|Pet Charges or Deposits:||$25 fee. $250 refundable deposit or credit card imprint. Horses welcome.|
|Rated: 4 Paws ****||5 guest rooms with private baths.|
One of Santa Cruz County's oldest farmhouses is also among its first bed-and-breakfast inns.
The Apple Lane Inn is a charming Victorian house and barn, lovingly restored to reflect the original 1872 character and set on three acres, amid fields and apple orchards.
Guests may choose from private guest rooms with romantic decor, antique furniture, plump quilts and picturesque views of the meadows. Before heading out for a day of beachcombing and sightseeing with your four-legged friend, begin your day with an elegant country breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, pastries, a hearty main course and special coffee blends.
If you prefer to linger at the historic inn, owners Doug and Diana Groom invite you to unwind in the front parlor with a glass of wine or a book; play darts, cards, horseshoes or croquet; visit resident animals in the barn; pick apples from the orchard; or relax in the white Victorian gazebo surrounded by the trim lawn, flowering gardens and wisteria arbors.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
Regent Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90212
800-545-4000 * (310) 275-5200
|Room Rates:||$265 and up.|
|Pet Charges or Deposits:||None.|
|Rated: 4 Paws ****||275 oversized rooms, including 69 suites, business center, heated pool, saunas, whirlpool, health club, valet laundry service, 24-hour room service, coffee shop, restaurant and cocktail lounge.|
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, the historic Regent Beverly Wilshire's 275 generously proportioned guest rooms have housed dignitaries, celebrities and discerning travelers since 1928. The attention to detail is evident by the services of the 24-hour personal room attendants, the attentive concierge staff, the oversized and understated rooms, the use of natural fabrics and hues, the opulent bathrooms with their deep soaking tubs and separate showers, the plush terry robes, premium toiletries, dual phone lines and executive-sized desks.
Nothing is overlooked, including your pet. Upon arrival, canine guests receive a dish of biscuits and bottled water to make their stay more comfortable.
For your dining pleasure, select from the creative California-continental cuisine in the Dining Room, have cappuccino overlooking Rodeo Drive in the Café, high tea or cocktails in the European ambiance of the Lobby Lounge or a brandy in The Bar.
Elfriede's Beach Haus
59 Brighton Avenue
Bolinas. California 94924
800-982-2545 * (415) 868-9778
|Room Rates:||$75 - $149. AAA, AARP. AKC and ABA discounts.|
|Pet Charges or Deposits:||$10 per stay. Manager's prior approval required.|
|Rated: 3 Paws ***||3 guest rooms, fireplace, deck and garden.|
Built in the early 1900s, Elfriede's Beach Haus bed and breakfast charms guests with large, cozy rooms with brass beds, plump down comforters and French doors opening onto the deck.
Breakfast is a celebration of wholesome foods prepared by the Bavarian innkeeper in a kitchen that resembles an artist's studio. Fresh juices and herb teas are specialties. With advance notice Ayurvedic or vegetarian meals can be arranged.
Surrounded by abundant wildlife, yet only minutes from the beach, tennis courts or hiking trails, you will delight in strolling through the lush gardens, taking a "wild edible herb walk" or striking out with your dog for a day of sightseeing in this pet-friendly town, where leash laws do not exist.
Airport Hilton and Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California 91505
800-445-8667 * (818) 843-6000
|Room Rates:||$120 - $480. AAA and AARP discounts.|
|Pet Charges or Deposits:||$50 deposit.|
|Rated: 3 Paws ***||500 guest rooms and suites, some with fireplaces and mountain views, two pools, exercise room, airport transportation, cocktail lounge, dining room and coffee shop.|
The Burbank Airport Hilton and Convention Center, near Southern California attractions, offers guests hospitality, spacious suites with panoramic mountain views, meeting facilities and convenience.
The hotel is 10 minutes from Universal Studios, 30 minutes from Magic Mountain and 50 minutes from Disneyland. Before or after taking in local attractions, enjoy the hotel's saunas, spas or pools. Or if you are up for a workout, head to the hotel's fitness center.
Airport DoubleTree Hotel
835 Airport Boulevard
Burlingame, California 94010
800-222-TREE * (415) 344-5500
|Room Rates:||$79. AAA and AARP discounts.|
|Pet Charges or Deposits:||$20. Manager's prior approval required.|
|Rated: 3 Paws ***||291 rooms and suites, many with bay views; airport shuttle, laundry and valet services, library, fitness center, restaurant and lounge. Bayside walking-jogging path, park nearby.|
Overlooking the glistening waters of San Francisco Bay and only minutes from the airport and many famous attractions is the San Francisco Airport DoubleTree Hotel. Each room and suite is highlighted by European decor, featuring amenities such as coffeemakers, hair dryers and data ports.
Guests are encouraged to browse the varied collection of books in the hotel library. Full concierge service and a business center with secretarial services are available. The health and fitness center is equipped for a full workout, which can be supplemented with a jog or walk on the bayside trail with your dog.
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