By Aimee Heckel
More than 78 million dogs are pets in the United States, and 39 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog, according to the American Pet Products Association.
A Gallup Poll found that the majority of Americans — 64 percent — go on vacation every year.
Do the math. Dog-owners are bound to go on vacation. And in many cases, that may mean bringing Fido (or Charlie, or Tyson Barkford) on vacation with you. In fact, Takeyourpet.com estimates 30 to 40 millions people in the United States travel with their pets every year.
Here are some ways to make a vacation with your pet more pleasant — for both of you.
1. Before you get in the car, consider your circumstances. If your pet is very old, sick or destructive, consider hiring a pet-sitter to stay home with him. Check out the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, ask a friend or look into local boarding facilities. Care.com also can help you locate pet-sitters in your city.
Money-saving deal: Book your Care.com pet-sitter through ShopAtHome.com and get $30 cash back.
Also consider your destination: the weather, your activities and who else is going.
2. Find the right place to stay. Check Takeyourpet.com, a webside of pet-friendly hotels.
3. Make sure you pack well. Bring a good leash and collar, collapsable water and food bowl and snacks. Browse Petco’s Travel Center. If you’re flying, you will need a high-quality, easy-to-clean travel carrier. If you’re driving, consider buying a pet barrier to keep your pets in the backseat, on sale right now through Petco for 21 percent off.
Other useful travel supplies to consider include:
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Photo of pet stroller courtesy of PetSmart.com.