For some people, traveling with pets can be a very rewarding experience, while for others, not so much. It’s easy to throw the family dog in the car for a fun filled vacation, but there is a proper way to ensure your friends in the animal kingdom get the most out of your vacation.
When in the US, it’s pretty easy to take your cat with you, however most people only do this if they are moving. You can bring your cat with you into the cabin on many airlines, provided you keep it in a proper crate. If you are doing this, you definitely need to check with your airline first before making arrangements. We all know how quickly airlines can change policy. It is usually very scary for dogs to fly, as they are typically put into a cargo hold. Animals prefer routine, so if you can leave a dog at home, it’s always best to do so.
If you do decide you are taking a dog to Europe, you have some research to do, as each country has a different law regarding the importation of visiting dogs, and most countries will require a doggy passport. This process can take up to six months and cost hundreds of dollars, so it’s important to ask yourself, do you really need your dog with you? All animals must have recently had a rabies vaccination if you do decide to bring a pet. It all depends on your needs, and where you are going.
The best way to find out information is to contact the embassy of the country you want to take your pet to. They will be able to tell you the exact steps you will need to take in order to make it happen.