At last pets are being recognized by the Department of Transportation, airlines, airports, hotels, restaurants, and other establishments. May 13, 2009 the Department of Transportation established regulations designed to assist passengers with service animals. All airlines must make certain there are pet relief areas and airports have been instructed to work with the airlines in establishing these pet parks. Although the ruling is for service dogs most airports allow the use of the pet parks for all travelers with dogs.
Note that LAX of Los Angeles World Airports has expanded their number of pet parks for its travelers. All pet parks are on the arrivals levels between Terminals 1 and 2, Terminals 3 and TBIT (Tom Bradley International Terminal), and TIBIT and Terminal 4, across from Terminals 5 and 6, and at the end of Terminal 8. The new parks all have water spouts a water bowl, doggie poop bag stand, a trash receptacle and are recognizable by the carved out doggie bone and fire hydrant. Additionally, note that you can find all current airport pet parks at http://petfriendlytravel.com.
When traveling with your pet, research all airlines and hotels to see what their policies are. Also, check on pet policies at restaurants and inquire if there are boarding facilities at or near airports. A few airports and airlines have pet boarding facilities. A fairly good resource is the North American Pet Book.
Aside from transportation, lodging, and dining, you should provide your pet with proper identification, medication, collars and leashes when traveling. Note that heart worm medication is important during mosquito season. Being aware of all the support that is available for you and your pet these days as it should make it easier for you to travel with your furry family member.