Is it a Good Idea to Bring Your Pet with You On Your Summer Vacation?

 

Your summer vacation is getting closer and you may be wondering what you should do with your pet. Should they go with you? Should you take them to a boarding facility? Maybe you should try to find pet sitters in your area. There are so many options, how are you going to choose what your pet should do over summer vacation? Here are a few questions to ask to help you make a decision.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

If you are taking your pet on your summer vacation, ensure they are up to date on vaccinations, and the necessary paperwork is filled out. Contact us to schedule an appointment.