Banfield and Loews Hotels Partner to Offer Pets a Passport to Wellness When Traveling

Fido and Fluffy are essential members of your family, so it is only fitting that they have the best care while traveling with you. If you are staying at one of Loews Hotels’, 16 luxurious properties in the United States while traveling with your pet, you can rest assured that your pet’s medical needs will be taken care of. Loews put “pet-friendly” travel on the map in 2000 and has been recognized as one of the most pet-friendly hotels in the world.

Since the start of the “Loews Loves Pets” program more than 10 years ago, many pets have made Loews Hotels their home away from home, enjoying the special treatment and privileges that are offered at all of the chain’s properties in the U.S. and Canada.

We are pleased to announce that our veterinary practice and Loews Hotels have partnered to offer hotel guests special offers from a nearby Banfield hospital. As part of the “Loews Loves Pets” program, if your pet is sick or injured while you’re staying at a Loews Hotel, they’ll get a free examination at our local Banfield hospital, plus 15% off any service your pet receives through your stay at Loews. Since our nationwide medical database of pet health records is linked, it makes it easy for our doctors to find pet records when clients are traveling or relocate.

In addition to first-class care, pets that stay at Loews will also receive first-class treatment! The Loews Loves Pets program offers 4-legged guests an array of comforts including plush bedding with a Microdry® ultimate luxury mat, doggie or kitty bowls, gourmet room service menus for dogs and cats, scratch poles for cats, dog-walking services, treats, litter boxes with litter and pet-sitting services. We hope you take advantage of this great partnership we have created for our clients.

Traveling with your Pet

To get started on your travel plans this summer, Loews Hotels and Banfield suggest the following tips to consider to keep your pets health and happy while traveling.

  • If you are traveling by car, reduce your pet’s chances of being injured by using a pet carrier. An unsecured pet may distract the driver or interfere with safely operating the vehicle, hurting itself, or other passengers. Choose a carrier that allows your pet to stand up and turn around comfortably, yet doesn’t provide too much room for extra movement.
  • Your pet needs access to water at all times, and it’s more important on longer trips and warm days.
  • It is really important to remember to never keep your pet in a car or in direct sun on a summer day. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside a car can soar to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or more within minutes. These conditions can be fatal to a pet within 10 minutes or less.
  • Bring along a photo of your pet while traveling. Have a recent photo of your pet in the event you get separated.
  • No matter how you travel, if you cross into another state, your pet is legally required to obtain a health certificate. This certificate, which is required by the United States Department of Agriculture, is generally good for 30 days and certifies that your pet is healthy for travel and has been vaccinated against rabies as required. Your veterinarian can easily provide you with a health certificate.
  • One tip for getting a pet comfortable inside your hotel room is by bringing them something from home (i.e. a favorite toy, blanket, etc.) A familiar smell or object can help them feel comfortable.
  • Research local animal laws prior to traveling. Many municipalities have varying leash laws inside parks and rules on where you can and cannot take your beloved pet.
  • If traveling by air, always check your airline’s policy on pet travel and find out what carrier size it allows. Your pet will most likely travel in the cargo hold area of the plane, so it’s best not to travel with a pet during extreme hot or cold weather. If you think that your pet may require a sedative, visit with your veterinarian before travel to discuss recommendations.