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Traveling with Fido or Fluffy?

November 16, 2012 | by Christina Van

No matter what method of travel, pets are always welcome at our Kelowna hotel
Via planes, trains, or automobile, traveling with your pet can be enjoyable for your family. Here are some tips and links to make it fun for everyone.

(Photo by Roman Balog/sxc)

We love it when our Kelowna hotel guests bring their four-legged family members with them on vacation. Our pet-friendly hotel welcomes all your furry loved ones with open arms.

But getting from A to Z (or in our case, K for Kelowna) can present a challenge. Here are some pet travel considerations on planes, trains, or in automobiles that we hope come in handy!

Air Travel

Airlines have specific guidelines and suggestions to make flying with your pet a smooth process.  It isn’t as easy as showing up at the airport with your dog and his cage and expecting him to be let on board. On Air Canada, for example, pets small enough to fly in the cabin must be registered and, ideally, this should be done within 24 hours of booking your flight. The reason for this is that some flights cannot accommodate pets and if you do this within 24 hours, your ticket can be changed at no additional charge to you.

Airlines have size restrictions for the kennels on some flights, and there will always be an additional charge. Some airlines even restrict the times of year when pets can travel in the cargo bay, because of extreme weather conditions.

You should feed your pet approximately 5 hours before the flight and decrease water an hour before. Taking your pet on a nice LONG walk will tire him out and is strongly recommended. Of course you’ll want to bring your vet papers that give all recent vaccination information, in case you are asked to provide it.

If you are traveling internationally, be sure and ask if there is a quarantine period for incoming pets. You would hate to arrive at your vacation destination only to find that Fido won’t be allowed through customs for 48 hours!

Trains

VIA Rail Canada allows pets to travel in the baggage car. Of course this doesn’t apply to certified guide dogs assisting persons with disabilities.

Unfortunately Amtrak Rail Line does not permit pets of any type, except for certified service dogs.

Automobiles

Bringing your pet in your car is probably the easiest way to get where you need to go, provided the distance is drivable. The ASCPA offers great information on car travel with pets. With good pet travel planning, your next trip can be fun for the furry (and not so furry) members of your family.

If you have questions about bringing your pet, feel free to contact our Kelowna hotel. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 


The award-winning BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites is known as a launch pad to the surrounding area’s 4 season outdoor playground in British Columbia, Canada. Winter sees world class skiing, and skating, while summer sun brings epic wine tours, golf, biking, and water sports. The Best Western is in the heart of beautiful Kelowna, BC and has 176 rooms and suites; plus conference center, mineral pool, spa and much more.

 

 


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