Summer vacations are a time to relax and have fun with family and friends. For pet owners, that includes figuring out what to do with their furry friends during that time away. While some people may choose to board their pets at a kennel, others may find other ways to care for them. Here are four tips for deciding what’s best for your pet during your summer vacation.
Does my pet travel well?
First, consider your pet’s feelings about the matter. Do they enjoy traveling, or are they the sort to vomit as soon as they step a paw inside a vehicle? If your pet is a great traveler and enjoys the excitement of the open road, consider bringing them along.
Are pets allowed where we are staying?
If your family already has decided where to head for summer vacation, ask if the location allows pets if you want to bring yours along. Many places are not pet-friendly, especially if they are popular tourist spots that fill up quickly. However, a private rental may allow pets, in contrast to a large hotel chain.
How easy is it to transport my pet?
Consider your transportation for your summer vacation. If you’re taking your personal vehicle, it may not be a big deal to have your pet tag along. If you’re flying, however, the situation can become trickier. Depending on your destination, you may not be able to safely transport your pet if the temperatures are too high. Airlines generally have cutoffs on safe temperatures for pets to fly, and pets with medical issues or those with flat faces may not fly well. Make sure to have all the appropriate pet travel documents ready if you do decide to fly with your pet.
What will my pet do all day?
Think about what you will do with your pet all day while your family is enjoying vacation activities. If your pet is going to be shut up in a hotel room for eight-plus hours a day, that’s no vacation. In that case, your pet may be happier romping with other dogs at a boarding facility or watching TV at home with a pet sitter.