Traveling with pets is a growing trend — so much that there’s now a pets-only airline!But even the most precious pet does not necessarily a good traveler make. Whether or not you bring your pet along for the trip is not so much a question of “can you?” but a question of “should you?”
No one knows your pet better than you, so no one is more qualified to answer that all-important question. If the answer is a resounding yes, keep reading — we’ve compiled a list of tips and resources for all you pet lovers who can’t bear to leave the little ones behind.
GENERAL PET TRAVEL TIPS
Check whether Pets are allowed
Many destinations don’t permit easy entrance for pets. Hawaii, for instance, has a quarantine period for dogs and cats of up to 120 days, as Hawaii is free of rabies. However, dogs and cats meeting specific pre- and post-arrival requirements may qualify for a five-day or less quarantine, or even a direct release, at Honolulu International Airport after inspection.
Don’t underestimate the Cost
With crates, air and hotel surcharges, toys, extra food, unexpected vet bills away from home, and more, traveling with your pet can add up. Be aware of the costs and allow a little wiggle room in your budget.
Use Proper Identifications
Put a tag on your pet’s collar that includes rabies vaccination information, your name, your address and phone number, and local contact numbers. It could save your pet’s life.
Train your Pet
A pet that responds to your commands will save you considerable trouble while on the road. From the airport to the hotel, a pet that is friendly and obedient is the most pleasant traveling companion.
Learn about your Pet’s Health
Knowing a little about your pet’s normal temperature, pulse and respiratory rate, prescription medications, and other health issues can save you time, worry and money on the road. Consult your vet, and make a checklist of these issues.
Bring a Pet First Aid Kit
A pet thermometer, tweezers, gauze, antibiotic ointments, ear drops and other items available at most stores will work; consult your vet for a complete list.
Buy a Crate
A pet crate is not something to skimp on. The crate should be sturdy and correctly sized for your pet. A crate that is too small will be very uncomfortable; a crate that is too large could allow your pet to be tossed around during handling. If you’re bringing the animal on a plane, be sure to read your airline’s requirements regarding size, weight, material and design. Airline-approved crates must have ventilation on the sides (in addition to the door) and have food/water trays that are refillable from the outside in the case of a delay.
Most crates come with stickers indicating that an animal is inside. If your pet is house-trained, consider putting a blanket, liner or cushion in the crate for comfort. If she’s not house-trained, a clean carrier floor is best.
Walk your Pet Frequently
Plan to stop the car on a regular basis. Many pets love to get out and explore, and they may need to be taken outside to relieve themselves more often while traveling than at home.
Find Pet Friendly Hotels
Many hotels gladly accept pets, such as Homestead Studio Suites. Find a list of additional pet-friendly properties.
Keep your Pet Clean
If you take your pet outside, you should wipe mud, dirt and water off her fur before bringing her back into the hotel. Some pet dirt can stain floors and linens, and you might have to pay for cleaning or replacement costs.
Stay on a Lower Floor
It’s far easier to get your pet in and out of the hotel without incident if you are on the ground floor — no elevators, stairs or altercations with other guests.
List of Pet Friendly Hotels in Zanzibar
Island Paradise Inn
Smiles Stone Town Hotel
Golden Tilp Zanzibar Resort
Madinat Al Bahr
Dhow Palace Hotel
Airport Palace Zanzibar
Kilimani View Apartments
White Paradise Zanzibar
Aya Beach Bungalows
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