DON'T LET YOUR PET ROCK BE YOUR HOLLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT! FIND A WAY TO BRING YOUR PET!!
So, you've booked a pet-friendly holiday rental and your pampered pooch has its bags packed and vaccinations up to date. That's it, right? You'll be co-sleeping in your luxurious double bed and relaxing by the fire in no time… well, maybe not. Traveling with your pet can be a lot of fun, and certainly means you don't have to worry about whether your furry family member is alright at home alone.
But checking that 'pets allowed' box is ticked before you leave might not be enough to secure your expectations of travelling with your bestie… you need to know what pet-friendly really means, and what you can expect when you take your pet on holidays.
Many hotels will limit the overall weight of your pet, and normally only allow you to bring one pet with you. Some hotels that claim they are pet friendly are actually only dog friendly. It is important to ask about the rules at each hotel before you book your holiday. You should request a copy of your hotel's pet policies in writing. If a hotel tries to charge you a fine for breaking a pet rule, a copy of the pet policy can prove that you broke no rules. It is helpful to review their policies before you check in. Some hotels expect your pet to stay kenneled during the entire stay. Other hotels that say pets allowed will ask that you not leave your pet alone in the room, and that your pet stays off the furniture at all times.
What you can expect in a pet friendly hotel is to provide a current vaccination record at check in. Many hotels will demand that your pet be clean at all times, including wiping their feet off before they walk the hallways. You will most likely be asked to certify when you take your pet into the hotel that they are friendly to strangers and children. You will be expected to take your pet to a special relief area, and expect to clean up after them immediately.
Some of the more friendly pets allowed hotels will treat your pet as well as they treat you. A good hotel will encourage you to take your pet to special off-leash play areas. Some hotels even offer amenities for pets, such as emergency collars and leashes, pet sitters if you plan to be out all day, and even a variety of pet foods for purchase if your supply runs low. The occasional 'pets allowed' hotel will even have a veterinarian on staff in case of emergencies.
Just make sure that you know what your hotel means by pets allowed before you book. It is acceptable to ask questions, and even to ask for the pet policies to be mailed to you in writing before you book your holiday.
Travel with your pet can be easier to arrange when you have vital information available on the go. Mobile apps can help you take your pet on the road with less headaches, and everyone can enjoy a better holiday.