Tips for pets on vacation

July 22, 2008 1:20:48 PM PDT
The travel industry is looking for your business, and they want you to bring Fido.Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Hotel is openly pet-friendly. Some websites list hotels city-by-city where you can bring an animal, usually subject to restrictions.

On road trips, plan on making regular stops for exercise, water and the like. And if you can, give your little friend preview experiences before you go.

No matter what you plan to do with your pet, you will probably need an advance trip to the vet. Pet daycare centers or kennels will want to see a health certificate, declaring that shots are up-to-date.

If your pet's collar tag has your cell phone number, it'll be easier to find you on the road should your animal get loose. Your vet can even implant a micro-chip, to be read electronically.

If you are driving, consider using a seatbelt for your pet. And if you can, bring a little something from home for comfort.

If you have any questions on pet travel, ask your veterinarian, or phone the Pennsylvania SPCA. They're at 215-426-6300.