Summer is the time for travel. We’re often planning vacations and trips with the family while the kids are out of school. And a lot of times we want the whole family to come, our furry friends included. After all, we’d much rather have our pet companions with us having them stay behind or cooped up in a boarding facility.
But how do we know if it is the best idea to bring them with us? Sometimes, bringing them along isn’t the best idea. Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you decided to pack up and travel with your pet.
Are pets allowed?
First you have you make sure you can have pets where you are staying. If you are staying with family and friends talk to them about your plans to bring your pets. Some people have allergies or pets that don’t get along well with other animals. Also, hotels that allow pets sometimes have rules that the pet is not to be left unattended in the room.
Will they enjoy the trip?
Think about the temperament of your pet and if they will like the travel or being somewhere new. Most cats and some dogs don’t really like being in new places. It can give them anxiety and make them pretty uncomfortable. Consider their personality, behavior and everything you want to do on trip to make sure they will also have fun.
Will they get enough TLC?
Next, consider your itinerary and how much time you will be able to dedicate to your pet. Are they going to be left in the room a lot? Will your pet be able to tag along for the most part, like the beach or the lake? Keep in mind your pet will probably need a little more TLC on a trip than they do at home since they are not in their “comfort zone.”
Is it going to be safe for your pet to travel ?
Are you going somewhere with a lot of crowds or loud noises? If you’re planning on going to a large festival, a crowded beach or an adventure like kayaking, it may not be the safest place for them. Pets can often get lost in a shuffle or scared of loud music and tons of people. Imagine being short in a crowd with legs all around, weird smells and noses. Your pet may just be safer at home than out on the town.
We all want to include our loving pets with us when we travel. However, we do need to make sure to consider exactly how the trip will play out with our pets in tow. Sometimes our pets are safer and more comfortable at home, other times they are just happy to be with us. As long as the trip is appropriate for them then bring them along!
And if your pet can’t come along on your current adventure, don’t forget to contact us! Our loving TAILored Pet Sitter would be more than happy to help take care of them while you’re away.