According to research, more than half of Americans consider their pet to be part of the family. So it’s no surprise that you want to take your fun-loving fur friend with you on your travels. To make your quest easier for everyone, we recommend that you follow the steps below. This will ensure that you have a peaceful vacation with your loved ones.
First step: ask questions
When calling hotel chains or state booths, be sure to ask several questions regarding their pet policy. Many of these policies will have multiple rules in place. For example, they will allow a small pet or a dog. However, the animal cannot exceed a certain weight limit. Some hotel chains will even have a rule such that pets are only allowed in carriers, etc. The hotel manager should be able to answer your questions over the phone, but it’s always a good idea to request a hard copy. They can send the information to you by email or fax.
Second step: check the capacity of the room
You may want to check the room facilities, regardless of whether you are staying in a pet-friendly cabin or hotel. If your pet has special dietary needs, you may need a stove or refrigerator. It is also a good idea to know if there are trails or pet parks nearby. This way you can give your pet the exercise he needs.
Third step: find out if it is really suitable for pets
When traveling with pets, you will quickly learn that there is a difference between pet-friendly accommodation and tolerant accommodation. A pet-friendly cabin or hotel will provide easy cleaning surfaces, doggie bags, and some will even offer treats. Most of these locations will also allow your pet to get lost in the room while an animal-tolerant housing will allow them to enter only within a certain area.
Step Four: Prepare for Your Pet Travel Needs
When traveling with a pet, keep in mind that they will have special travel needs. You may want to garnish their kennel with pillows or towels so that they are comfortable. You can also take extra bags for accidents, treats and small trays to pour water in while stopping for a break.
These are all easy-to-follow trips to make your next vacation unforgettable. Your pet will also thank you for their better behavior.
by Heather Pedersen