Welcome to summer re-runs! Today, we'll take a look at how to plan a vacation with your pet. This post originally went up on June 29, 2012. We'll be back with fresh new content on Monday - Happy 4th of July!
Vacations are always much more fun with your best friend. Just because
your best friend has four legs, doesn’t mean s/he should be left at
home. It is becoming more and more popular for pets to tag along on
vacations. With just a bit of research and planning ahead, you and your
pet can share the vacation memories together.
If you're traveling this week for the 4th of July,
remember that more pets are lost on the 4th than any other day during
the year. Make plans for your pets to be safely and securely contained, particularly
during the firework displays.
Traveling can be stressful enough for your pet, so crate train before
you leave home. Most likely, at some point during your vacation you’ll
need to keep your pet in a crate of some sort, whether that is during
travel or once you reach your destination. Pet-friendly hotels may
require your pet to be crated at night or anytime left alone in the
room. Make it comfortable with blankets or towels on the bottom, and
some familiarities of home, such as a favorite toy.
Think about your budget. Traveling with a pet will often save you money
by foregoing expensive pet boarding and kennel fees, but don’t think it
will be cheap. Airlines and hotels won’t accommodate your pet for free;
there’s always a pet fee of some sort.
When planning your vacation, make sure all of your activities include
your pet as well. What is the point in bringing them along if they’re
just going to be left behind anyway? If you find yourself wanting to
spend a pet-free day, find a local pet spa/day care, pet hotel/kennel,
or some way to keep your pet safe and entertained during the day. If
you’re staying at a pet-friendly location they should have information
on local pet-friendly activities.
The planning process is when you should also take some time to consider if your
pet will benefit from traveling with you. Many pets love heading out on
the road, while others can be very stressed from the change (cats in particular). Know your pet and their
limits - and if you are confident that everyone will have a good time, go have some fun!
This is the first of our two-part post on traveling with your pets. Stay tuned for Part 2 on Friday!
For more information about pet-friendly travel tips and destinations check out these links:
Pet Hotels of America (http://www.pethotelsofamerica.com/)
Bring Fido (http://www.bringfido.com/)
Dog Friendly (http://www.dogfriendly.com/)
Pet Vacation Homes (http://www.petvacationhomes.com/)