When vacationing, many families leave their dog at home with a pet sitter, or choose to leave their dog at a boarding facility because they think that it is not feasible to bring their pet with them. In reality, vacation with your pet is completely possible. It just requires a little planning on your part.
Visit the Vet
This should be the first thing you do when planning a vacation, whether your pet is coming with you or staying behind, and here's why:
- A quick check-up will ensure you dog is in good traveling health and up-to-date on his vaccinations. Not only will this help alleviate any worry about surprise illnesses, but animal boarding facilities require proof of current vaccinations before they will accept your dog.
- If you will be flying to your destination, the airline will usually require documentation from your vet. Airlines will usually have different requirements and charges depending on whether your dog flies in the cargo hold (as checked baggage) or in the cabin (as carry-on baggage). International travel may have additional requirements in some cases, not be allowed at all.
- If necessary, your vet may prescribe a tranquilizer to help your dog stay calm during the trip. Travel can be very stressful on dogs, especially if they are not able to be with you the whole time.
- If you haven't already, consider getting your dog a tracking microchip. Tracking chips use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to allow animal clinics and shelters to easily scan and locate your contact information in an online database. This permanent ID will never get lost or fall off like a collar, and is a great way to help reunite you with your pet should you become separated.
Stay At Pet Friendly Hotels
While most hotels post their pet policy online, you should always call and verify before booking. Many hotels will allow pets, but require a deposit or additional cleaning fee. When you call, also ask about on-site dog-walking areas and local dog parks so you can have a plan to before you arrive.
Consider Doggy Daycare
Many vacation destinations are beginning to see the value in offering animal daycare or boarding on their grounds. Places like Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, offer resort style pet boarding for both overnight and day time only stays. Complete with luxury sleeping areas, plenty of room to run and play, grooming, televisions, and even a bedtime story, these lavish accommodations are sure to make your pet's stay more comfortable while you are out visiting the attractions.
Allow Plenty of Time to Plan
Bringing your dog with you on vacation doesn't have to be a huge hassle. With a little planning, you can bring your furry friend with you on just about any vacation. Just be sure to start planning well in advance. This will allow you plenty of time to verify all pet policies and comply with any requirements beforehand so you don't have to worry about any surprises and can just enjoy yourself. for more information, contact a travel agency like The Travel Business, Inc.