Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, December 27, 2013

When Pet Owners Travel


What should you do with your pet when you go on vacation?

If you’re flying, think again about taking them with you.  Pet travel policies vary, and airfare can be expensive, ranging from $95 to $200 per trip.  Driving with your pet can be a cheaper alternative if you don’t mind stopping for regular bathroom breaks. 

If you do decide to bring your pet with you, you may have trouble deciding where to stay.  About 61% of hotels accept pets and about half of those charge an additional fee, which can be up to $50 a night.

If you decide to leave your pet home and can’t find a trusted friend, the cost of hiring a pet sitter can also add up.  The average cost of a pet sitter is $17.75 for 30 minutes.  To find a pet sitter, ask your veterinarian or check with a professional group like the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.  You can also consider boarding your pet, which can cost between $28 to $50 per night.

See Mitch Lipka, Costs Add Up for Fido or Tabby When Pet Owners Travel, Reuters, Dec. 18, 2013. 

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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