Spring hasn’t quite arrived here in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning for warm weather travel. Spring and summer are the ideal times to hit the road (or the skies), especially if you’re planning on bringing a four-legged companion along.

Today there are more options than ever for pet friendly travel, and getting your furry guy or gal to and from your destination is easier than ever. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a more extended vacation, the team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services can help.

Pet Friendly Travel Planning Services

Traveling with a pet often isn’t as easy as just hopping in the car and heading off. Significant planning is generally involved to make sure pets can be accommodated safely, and that there are activities and services available for them at your destination and along the way. That’s where a pet travel planning service comes in!

Pet travel services such as And A Small Dog and Puppy Travel take the legwork out of planning a road or airline trip with your friend. For a fee, these and other accredited organizations offer services such as:

  • Locating a booking pet-friendly hotels, rental properties, etc.
  • Booking a flight for you and your pet
  • Helping you figure out travel requirements based on where you’re going and how you plan to get there
  • Pet travel consulting/coaching
  • Pet courier/shipping services

Be alert to scams when it comes to professional pet travel services, especially pet shipping and courier services. Always do your research before you book a company to ship your pet.

DIY Pet Travel Planning

Sometimes, the fun of a trip begins with the planning. Fortunately, there is an ever-growing number of pet friendly travel planning websites that make figuring out the perfect vacation a breeze.

  • GoPetFriendly.com—The husband and wife team behind this fun website spend their days traveling the country with their dogs, scouting out pet friendly locations, accommodation, and activities to add to their website.
  • BringFido.com—BringFido is one of the leading websites when it comes to pet friendly travel planning. This extensive website can connect you with not only hotels and dog parks at your destination, but also services such as veterinary hospitals, pet bakeries, restaurants with pet-friendly patios, and so much more.
  • TripsWithPets.com—Search pet-friendly lodgings and activities along your route, shop for pet-related items, or get personalized help planning your trip with this all-inclusive travel website.

Happy Tails To You

Before you go, don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is healthy enough for travel, and that he or she is up to date on the appropriate vaccines and parasite preventives for your destination. Plan ahead as your pet may require a health certificate depending upon your travel. Bon Voyage!