Fly With Caution
While hotels have stepped up their pet game, airlines are still flying way behind the curve. Many airlines charge high fees well over $100 for flying a pet, and some only turn on the heat or pressurize the cargo hold if you expressly tell the pilot there's a pet down there. Even if your pet can fit under the seat as a carry on, airsickness doesn't just affect humans. All this is to say that flying with your dog isn't something to take lightly. From 2005 to 2010 a Department of Transportation report noted 122 dogs died aboard U.S.-based air carriers, with death rates being particularly high for short-nosed breeds. "I'd really only fly with my dog if I had to," says Kearney.