Americans are expected to spend over $69 billion on their pets
this year. That's a lot of kibble and toys, grooming and boarding costs. You probably didn't blink an eye.
Our canine companions are more than pets. They're a part of the family. Because our pets have become such an integral part of our lives, many of us cringe when we think of sending them off to a boarding facility.
Well, take off the guilty pants. It's time to bring your lovable fur bag along.
Many vacation rentals are coming to grips with the fact that we love our pets. The popularity of providing pet-friendly vacationing
is rapidly growing.
Before you pile into the car though, you need to prepare. Vacationing with pets requires a little more preparation. You've added another family member to the itinerary.
Here are some tips for vacationing with pets to make your trip a little less stressful.
Pet Proof Your Vehicle When Vacationing With Pets
Although it may be tempting to let your dog sit in your lap, enjoying the wind in her whiskers, it's not a good idea for a long trip.
You may know your pet very well, but you can't predict how they will react in this strange mobile environment. You don't want a pooch, startled by the bellowing horn of a passing semi, to start jumping around the vehicle.
A pet harness acts like a doggy seatbelt and is perfect for small to medium-sized dogs. If your pet is a large breed make sure to purchase one specifically designed for big dogs.
The Center for Pet Safety suggests you don't purchase the harness the day before your trip. They stress the importance of acclimating your dog
by taking short practices runs using the safety device.
When you take your dog on vacation making sure Fido is comfortable goes a long way toward a stress-free adventure.
If your dog is kennel trained this is the best way to travel. They are already familiar with it. It is also a source of comfort to lessen any travel anxiety a dog may initially experience.
Be sure to secure the crate to avoiding slipping or unnecessary movement.
Taking the crate along also comes in handy once you arrive at your destination. Being in an unfamiliar place could cause your dog to act out if you decide to have a night on the town.
If you don't currently own a dog travel crate
there are many different types to choose from.
Now that you've ensured a safe journey, what should you take along?
Packing For Pooch
Here's a quick checklist of items to consider when vacationing with pets:
- Water and food bowls
- Your trusty pooper scooper or bags for dog waste
- Food and treats
- Your pet's favorite toys
- Bedding if your pet won't settle in without it
- The phone number to your vet
- Packing It Up
The number one rule of staying in a vacation rental is to be considerate of the owners. Clean up any "presents" your pup left in the yard. Those aren't the kinds of gifts homeowners want.
It's also a thoughtful gesture to lint-brush up the stray fur on carpets and furniture.
If you're planning your next beach vacation and are considering beautiful Myrtle Beach, we have a fabulous selection of pet-friendly rentals. Contact us to check for availability
on your travel dates.