NORWALK, Conn., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Planning to take your pet with you on vacation this summer? If you're traveling by air during the peak summer vacation months, be prepared for Fido to be bumped! Many vacationers learned that the hard way last summer when several airlines refused to allow pets to be transported in the baggage areas of their planes. Whether or not there is an embargo this year, major U.S. carriers reserve the right to turn away any pet if the temperature is "extreme" in your originating, connecting or destination airport. The reason is simple: the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires airlines to ensure that animals traveling as baggage are not exposed to extremes of heat or cold for extended periods during travel. The rules require that animals not be subjected to temperatures exceeding 85 degrees F. for more than 45 minutes in animal holding areas or on an aircraft awaiting departure. For pug or snub-nosed dogs, such as the American Staffordshire, English Bulldog, or Boxer, which suffer in warm temperatures, the restrictions are even tighter. Some airlines will not accept them if the temperature on any part of the trip exceeds 70 degrees. If you're lucky and you've booked your flight early, you might be assigned one of the few slots (as few as two on some flights) available for pets in the cabin. However, note industry experts, most pets do end up in the baggage compartment. Since it's likely temperatures will exceed 85 degrees in many parts of the country much of the summer, you should be prepared for airline to refuse your pet -- sometimes as late as the day of the flight. And don't expect to find a boarding kennel for your pet at the last minute. "High quality kennels book up quickly for the summer," notes Dan Charleton of Best Friends Pet Care, the largest company in the boarding kennel industry in the U.S., with 34 facilities in 17 states. "Last summer, we were actually turning people away during the peak July-August vacation periods." If you're considering traveling with your pet, be sure to ask your airline representative for specific details regarding its policy on pets and summer heat. If you decide to play it safe and give your pet a vacation of its own at a quality pet resort, book early. For information on locations near your city of departure, call 888-FOR-PETS.
SOURCE Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.