HOTELS FOR DOGS, HAZBINS: The latest from BOSTON (AP) HOTELS ARE THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM in hotels for pets, the latest research from the National Hotel Association shows.
The industry-supported study, which surveyed 1,500 people across the U.S., found nearly half (47%) of people who own a pet say they have been turned away at hotels because their dog was not allowed.
More than half of those (55%) said they felt the situation was unfair.
And nearly a third of owners said they were told they needed to prove they had a medical condition to stay at the hotel, while a third said they had been asked to show proof of vaccinations or other tests.
The study found that most people said they never tried to prove their dog had medical conditions before they booked their stay.
And while most owners said their dog did not need a vet, owners of small breeds or those who do not have pets at home were more likely to say they had refused to allow their pet at a hotel.
The research, which was published Monday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that pets with medical conditions, such as epilepsy or arthritis, are more likely than their general population to be turned away from hotels.
The average wait time for a reservation at the national hotel industry’s biggest brand, Hazbin, was about two weeks, according to the study.
The average wait was about three months for the second-largest hotel chain, the Holiday Inn, which has its headquarters in Minneapolis.
The findings are consistent with other research that found hotels for dogs and other pets are not always safe for pets and people.
In February, The Associated Press reported that a federal appeals court overturned a ban on dogs staying at hotels after it was ruled the law violated the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search and seizure.
The ruling by U.N. experts also found that the ban on dog-rescued pets did not violate the constitutional rights of people to own pets, according, a decision that was hailed by animal rights activists.
The AP reported that the appeals court ruled the ban was based on an erroneous interpretation of the First Amendment, which says Congress may regulate interstate commerce in matters relating to “persons, houses, papers, and effects.”
The AP said the appeals panel also concluded the law was not an undue burden on First Amendment rights.
Hazins, which is based in California, says it has taken steps to improve its policies for handling pet animals, including hiring a lawyer and changing its name.
The AP reported this week that the hotel chain has hired a team of attorneys to examine whether it has any new policies in place to prevent pets from being turned away.HAS YOUR PEDIATRIC DOG GOING TO CHINA?
BEYOND THE MEDICAL DIFFERENCE OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TOLD ABOUT THIS DOG, THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HEALTH CARE MEDICAL RISK FOR DADDIES.
A MEDICAL ASSOCIATION of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that dogs should not be allowed to stay with people in their homes, or in the car, for long periods of time, because dogs are more vulnerable to infection.
A separate AP report found that some studies suggest dogs and cats are at increased risk of getting pneumonia or other serious health conditions after being kept in hotel rooms for longer than 24 hours.
Some health care professionals have warned that pet owners who allow pets in their rooms may not be paying attention to what is happening in their pets’ rooms.
For years, pet owners have been warning hotel managers and other hotel workers not to let their pets in.
In recent years, hotel workers and others have warned about the dangers of leaving pets in hotels.
But now some experts are calling for pet owners to get real about the situation.
Dr. David Hays, a veterinary infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, said hotel staff and guests should be aware of what is going on at their hotels and to be more vigilant about staying in hotels when pets are involved.
“They are not necessarily a perfect population, but they do pose a threat, and there’s no question about that,” Hays said.
The American Hotel Association has urged people to be aware that hotels have policies and procedures to ensure the safety of their pets.
A spokeswoman for the association said in an email: “It’s our position that guests should stay at hotels with their pets if they have them.
We also strongly encourage pet owners not to leave pets in hotel bathrooms, even in their own rooms.
We do not want to see pets living in hotel lobbies.”