IMPORTANT: decide whether you will drive or fly to your next duty station
Visit the Vet
Get up to date on all shots
Obtain a health certificate within 10 days of travel, if flying
Refill any Rx's your pet may need
Obtain copies of medical file
Acquire an Approved Travel Kennel
Dogs and Cats in Cabin
Hard carriers are not allowed in cabin
The carrier may not be bigger than 20”Lx16” W, 8.5”
Absorbent material must be placed on the bottom of the carrier (hay, grass, wood chips, etc. may not be used)
Dogs in Cargo
The kennel must have ventilation on three sides minimum
The dog must be able to stand up, turn around, and lay down in normal position
Any two-piece kennel must use metal bolts and nuts – no plastic clips, or bolts are allowed
Hotel Accomodations in the States
My number one tip that I can offer is to always check the hotel you plan on staying at to be sure it is pet-friendly BEFORE you book your stay. Not every hotel in the United States allows pets, and not every location of a particular hotel is pet-friendly, even though they may have other locations that are. To help you out, we have gathered a few of the top pet-friendly Hotels that are around the United States.
ESA’s are located all over the United States and allow pets. Two pets are allowed per room with a $25 per night, per pet fee. They will allow more than two pets, but you must call the property location for manager's approval first, or they can turn you away.
Kimpton boutique hotels do allow pets. They also provide you with a ton of different goodies like pet-beds for the room, food + water bowls, and even treats! You can ask them for just about anything and they will have it for your pet. Just ask the Pet Relations team member!
For more pet-friendly hotels in the United States, click here, then select the state where you are planning to stay.
Airlines are quite picky about how an animal must be checked into cargo in their kennels. With that being said, make sure you have all of the following below attached to your pets kennel or you could end up missing your flight.
Airline approved food + water bowl
Live animal stickers (three just in case)
Waterproof document holder - you will have to attach your pet's records to the kennel