Your pet has been putting in the work. Barking at the innocent delivery driver, walking across your keyboard during video calls, posing for the ‘gram like it’s their job - they’ve been busting their tails and they deserve a vacation (probably). We’ve put together some helpful tips for the purrfect pet-friendly getaway.
It’s a hotel paw-ty
If your furry friend is tagging along for an overnight stay, pet-friendly lodging will be key. Searching online for options? You’re in luck. Many search engines and lodging sites now have a nifty filter tool that allows you to search options that allow pets. Just make sure to read the fine print, while some locations note their additional “pet fee” upfront, others may not be so clear. Call ahead for pet fee rates and regulations.
Wanna go for a car ride?
Ahh, the car. Either your pet loves it, or they think they’re being tricked into a vet visit. How does your pet fare during long stretches of driving? It may be good practice to get your pet used to driving in the car for longer periods before your trip. Pit stops for potty breaks and leg stretches are important not just for us but for our pets too! And don’t forget the water! Bring a travel-friendly bowl to make sure your little buddy is staying nice and hydrated during the haul. No one knows your pet better than you do. Monitor their behaviour in the vehicle and determine what will make them most comfortable, whether that’s a harness, carrier, or their favourite raggedy old cuddle blanket!
It’s a bird...it’s a plane!
We’ve covered the open road, but what about the skies? If you’re travelling internationally, have your pet’s health/vaccination records handy as you never know when or if you might need them. All airlines have different rules, so make sure your airline has a pet policy and be aware of any charges you may incur. Plane rides can be dreadfully long, even with an endless supply of peanuts at your disposal. Make sure your pet has a comfortable and spacious carrier for their journey. We’ll save you the Air Bud joke we were going to make.
This one is pretty standard...pick up after your pet and keep them on those leashes!
Prep the packing list
Cross all your t’s and dot all your i’s. Prepare a list of items you know you’ll need for your pet. Toys, food, leashes, medication, basically anything you’d be kicking yourself for forgetting. A trip to the vet is always a good idea to ensure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to tag along for whatever adventures you have in store.
Double-Check the itinerary
Since your furry friend will be tagging along, it’s important to plan out what they can actually be involved with. Heading to dinner? Many patios are pet-friendly, but this should never be assumed. Going for a hike? Though lots of trails allow our furry friends to tag along, many do not allow pets at all for safety reasons. Bringing Fido or Fluffy along for the trip may seem like the right thing to do, but they may be better off at home with a sitter or at the kennel if they will end up being excluded from the majority of your plans.
Make sure your pet is wearing their DocuPet ID tag!
How could we forget? That shiny tag on your pet’s collar comes equipped with our HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, which has reunited thousands of pets with their families. Confirm all your contact information is up to date on your online profile so that if your pet does wander off, our HomeSafe™ service can help in getting them home safely and quickly.