Many hotels are catering to pet owners' wishes to allow pets in their rooms. People love their pets and tend to consider their dogs or cats members of the family. If you have a four-legged member of your family that you would like to bring along with you on your next trip, here are some tips to help make the hotel stay wonderful for you, your pet, and everyone else in the hotel.
Check With The Hotel First
Before you set off for your adventure or visit, check with the hotel about its pet policy. The hotel may allow you to have your pet stay in the room with you but charge an extra pet fee. Find out if there are any restrictions for your cat or dog while in the hotel, such as the pet must be kept in a crate in the room while you are out.
You may need to arrange a certain time for cleaning persons to come in the room, and make sure they know a pet will be present. If you don't make special arrangements, hang a do-not-disturb sign or other notification that there is a pet in the room. Request a ground-level room, especially if you have a dog that needs to go out for walks and other business.
Ask the hotel if it has any perks for your pets, such as dog-walking or pet-sitting services. Find out from the hotel rep if there are parks or walking trails nearby that allow or cater to pets. If you plan on attending a parade or other outdoor event in the town you are visiting, find out what the leash laws and other pet requirements are.
Prepare For The Pet's Needs
Before leaving for your trip, have your pet's veterinarian examine your pet and give his or her approval that your pet is healthy and okay to travel. See that your pet has an updated collar with crucial information on it.
Other items to consider bringing for your pet include:
- A familiar chew toy or bed.
- Cleaning wipes, in case of any spills or messes.
- Food and water bowls that can be easily packed.
- A brush for grooming.
- Any medications your pet needs.
- Vaccination records of your pet.
- A carrier crate or kennel.
Find out where the closest animal hospital is to your hotel. Make sure all the necessities are taken care of so that you are prepared for any accidents or problems that might arise.
You want your pet to enjoy the trip, so try to think of what it will like and what will keep it calm while traveling. For everyone's sake, be honest and ask yourself if your pet will be able to handle the upcoming trip. Some animals are too traumatized by new places or activities. If you know you will not have time for it, or that you will not be able to take it with you to most of the places you're going, find a pet-sitter or kennel that will care for your pet while you are away.