Vacations are best when you can bring the whole family, including your pets.
For many people, pets are a part of their family. Therefore, it is only natural they would want to take their pet along on vacation. Leaving your pet at home is not only stressful for you, but even more stressful for the animal. Fortunately, there are a variety of pet friendly vacation ideas.
Many owners wish to avoid placing their pets in boarding facilities. It is often difficult to find a clean, trust-worthy kennel that will treat your dog or cat the way you want it to. In addition, your pet has the potential for becoming sick because of the close contact with other animals. Your precious pet may also get diarrhea or stop eating because of stress.
Pet sitters are a bit better, but their services are generally expensive and it may be difficult to find a dependable sitter. Therefore, more and more pet owners are taking their pets with them whether they are flying, driving or cruising to their travel destinations.
The first step in preparing for your pet-friendly vacation is packing. It is essential that you include all of the proper pet supplies. Be sure to bring your pet’s usual food, along with any bedding, toys, food bowls and leashes your pet prefers. Also pack any medication your pet is on, including copies of its medical records, just in case it needs to see a veterinarian while on vacation.
One of the most popular pet friendly vacation ideas is taking your pet to a beach destination. Most dogs, and some cats, love to swim. Many have never experienced the rush of a wave or running in the sand. Therefore, take your animal to an area that has pet-friendly beaches. Not only can you catch waves with your animal, but you can also catch rays, go for a stroll on the beach or even play ball. Just remember to apply sunscreen with an adequate SPF on your pet’s nose or skin, if it has thin or white fur.
Visiting a national park is often a exciting and fun place to vacation with your pet. Sleeping in the open air under the night sky is a magical bonding experience you can share with your animal. In addition, national parks provide the perfect backdrop for dog exercise and a long walk. National parks allow you to enjoy looking at lush landscapes and a variety of vegetation while experiencing the great outdoors. Call ahead to make certain that domestic animals are permitted on park grounds. Rules and regulations vary from state to state, and park to park.
Many avid RV vacationers always take the cat or dog along on a trip. Traveling in an RV is an easy way to ensure your pets’ comfort. Many cat owners bundle their felines into the RV before leaving home, with litterbox and other necessities of home. Make certain that they are secure while on the road, and that they are adequately restrained while parked for overnights. Traveling pets should always wear identification, and should be microchipped for extra measure.
Believe it or not, taking your animal to the city can be lots of fun for both you and your precious pet. Most cities, including New York City, Chicago and San Fransisco boast many pet-friendly restaurants, as well as stores and animal events. Moreover, there’s something special about walking with your favorite pet along the city streets. Vacationing in the city allows you to experience the sights and sound of the city while spending time with your animal. You may want to pack some urban gear for your dog: make sure your pooch is a fashionable city slicker by adorning him in a stylish sweater or coat.
While there are many pet-friendly vacation ideas, it is important to choose what best suits you and your pet. If your animal doesn’t travel well, taking her with you may not be the best idea. If you decide to bring her, always ensure her safety. This means keeping her secure in your car or a proper traveling carrier.
Moreover, if your pet suffers from any nervous or behavioral disorders, they are likely to be worse while on your trip. The stress of traveling combined with new surroundings is enough to make any animal a little upset, but one who already has a history of anxiety may be better off at home. As a responsible pet owner, it is up to make the choice of what is best for your pet, even if it is not good for you.