It’s only natural to want to take your pet with you on vacation. After all, they are a member of your family and you want them along with you wherever you go. But with each trip you take, you need to carefully consider whether you should take your pet or if it would be better to leave them behind. Take a look at what your accommodations are going to be, how you are traveling, your pet’s personality, and what activities you will be doing on your trip.
What are your accommodations?
If you’ve never been to where you will be staying, take the time to check it out in advance and ask questions. If it is not a good fit for your pet, you may still have time to change your accommodations. If you’re going to be staying in a hotel, make sure it’s pet friendly and there is a room available to you. Many hotels allow pets but they limit the number of rooms and sometimes they designate smoking rooms for pets and pet owners.
If you are going to be staying in your RV make sure pets are allowed at the RV park. Check out the park’s leash rules and whether you and your pet can live with them while you are there.
Rental properties are another option and there are an increasing number of them that not only allow pets, but will point you in the direction of special pet amenities such as doggy day cares and dog spas.
How are you traveling?
If you are going by air and your pet is not small enough to go in a carrier that you can take on with you, it’s probably best to leave him at home in good hands. If you are travelling by car, determine if your pet does well with long car rides. If she tends to get car sick, talk to your vet about what you can do for her, and be prepared to stop often for breaks.
Your pet’s personality?
Your dog or cat’s temperament makes a difference – does he like to try new things or is he a homebody who likes to nap in front of his favorite window? Is she friendly and takes well to strangers? Do you have a high energy pup on your hands or an older dog with health issues? Is your dog small or large? Travelling with a large dog can pose more problems such as needing more space if travelling by car. These are all factors that weigh in on your decision.
What will you be doing?
If your whole vacation is going to consist of lots of activities that take you away from your pet all day and some evenings, maybe he would be better off at home. Also, if you are in an RV and the weather is too hot or too cold, this can be uncomfortable, if not downright dangerous, for your pet. In addition, bringing long-haired dogs to a rainy/muddy destination means some extra work on your part. If you will be away from your pet a lot during the day, a pet daycare in your vacation location may be the answer.
You and your pet can have a wonderful vacation when you consider ahead of time what the trip will be like for your pet. Keeping in mind your pet’s personality, how you’re traveling, your activities, and what your accommodations are going to be will help you decide if they should come along and if you need to make any special provisions for them.