Deciding what to do with your pet during summer vacation can be difficult. Do you take them with you on your trip, or leave them behind at home? While both options have their own set of pros and cons, here are a few things to consider when making your decision.
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.
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.