Can You Still Travel When You Have A Pet?

February 9, 2021

Parents often find that their children beg them for a pet without fully realising the consequences and responsibilities that come with welcoming an animal into their home. One of the key issues you’ll face is figuring out how to go on holiday if you have a pet. Is this even possible? It’s definitely still an option but it can be more of a challenge and if you don’t take the right steps then you can end up with a complete disaster. 

 

Leaving Them At Home

Arguably, the best option will be leaving them at home. We’ll discuss some of the reasons a little further down. But to do this, you’ll need to find the right support. You can’t just leave them with anyone and some pets will have severe anxiety about being left with strangers. To ensure that you get the right support, you must check out the reviews for any business. You need to know what facilities they have and what steps they will take to ensure their animal’s well-being. Sometimes it can be better to send your pet a little further to get the best care possible which is easy with services like Shiply if there are no good services local to you. 

If it’s a short trip, you might get away with relying on the right tech and next-door neighbors to help out. This can be enough for pets that are more independent, particularly cats. 

Do be aware that every pet is different. Some will be fine being left alone while others will need to be trained. If you need to train your pet, it’s important to start gradually. 

Can You Take The Animal With You? 

You may be able to take your pet with you, but there are a few things that you’ll need to check out first. For instance, if you’re staying at a hotel, you need to make sure that this location is pet friendly. Usually, this information will be on the website. Alternatively, you might need to contact them directly. There also tends to be an additional cost for keeping a pet in your room. This is to protect the hotel from any damage. 

If you want to avoid this headache, then you could consider a type of holiday that is more pet friendly. For instance, you might want to think about going camping. However, you will again need to ensure that any campsites are pet friendly too. 

It’s important to think about the weather as well. Certain climates could be a nightmare for your animal. For instance, we don’t recommend taking your pet to Florida if they have long, fluffy hair and are used to colder temperatures. 

As well as this, it’s important that you don’t put them through a long trip if you can avoid this. That will cause unnecessary stress. 

I hope this helps you understand everything that you should consider when you’re trying to go on holiday after welcoming a pet into your family. Whether you’re taking your furry friend or leaving them at home, the top priority will always be protecting their wellbeing for the duration of your trip. 

 

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