How to enjoy your vacation with your four-legged friend: The hotel edition

How to enjoy your vacation with your four-legged friend: The hotel edition

Bringing your dog along on your next vacation? Traveling with your furry friend can require some extra planning! Here’s how to make your stay at a pet-friendly hotel smooth, stress-free, and enjoyable for both of you.

1. Choose the right pet-friendly hotel
Finding the right hotel is the first step to a successful trip. Not all pet-friendly hotels are created equal. Below are some planning tips to keep you sane and set up for success:
  • Look for accommodations with positive reviews from fellow pet owners. 
  • Check if the hotel offers amenities like pet beds, bowls, or even special pet menus – This takes some stress off when it comes time to pack!
  • Call ahead to confirm their pet policy, including any restrictions on size, breed, and the number of pets allowed.
  • Be upfront with your questions and concerns so you know what you’re signing up for!
Some hotels might even have a pet concierge service to help you find nearby parks and pet-friendly restaurants. Find the best option for you and your pet!

2. Pack a pet travel kit
Just as you wouldn't leave home without your essentials, make sure your pet has everything they need for a comfortable stay. Here’s a short list:
  • Bring necessary documents: Ensure you have all required documents for your pet, such as vaccination records, health certificates, and identification tags. Always check the specific requirements of the hotel and the region you are traveling to, as these can vary.
  • Food and water: Pack enough of your pet’s regular food and a portable water bowl. Changing their diet suddenly can lead to stomach issues! If you have questions, connect with a Farmina Nutrition Consultant here!
  • Comfort items: Familiar items like your pet’s bed, blanket, and favorite toys can help ease anxiety in a new environment.
  • Health essentials: Bring any necessary medications, flea and tick prevention, a pet first aid kit, and a copy of your pet’s health records in case of emergencies.
  • Grooming supplies: Brush, nail clippers, and pet-safe wipes can keep your pet clean and comfortable.
  • Cleaning supplies: Waste bags, a small scoop, and enzyme cleaner for any accidents.
Have you forgotten your pet’s record or even his food? Remember to download the Farmina Genius App to have all furry friend’s information handy, connect with your Farmina Nutrition Consultant and find the closest Farmina authorized reseller.

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3. Ensure proper identification
Safety is paramount. Make sure your pet wears a collar with an up-to-date ID tag at all times. If your pet is microchipped, ensure the contact information is current. Consider adding a temporary travel tag with your contact information and the address of your hotel.

4. Plan pet-friendly activities
Research your destination to find pet-friendly attractions and activities. Look for nearby dog parks, hiking trails, pet-friendly beaches, and outdoor cafes. Some cities even offer pet-friendly tours or events. Planning these activities ensures your pet stays active and engaged, reducing stress and anxiety. Most importantly, don’t leave your pup alone for extended periods!

5. Maintain routine
Pets are creatures of habit and thrive on routine. Stick to your pet’s regular feeding, walking, and sleeping schedule as much as possible. This consistency can help them feel more secure and reduce any travel-related anxiety.

6. Respect hotel rules and other guests
Being a courteous guest ensures that hotels continue to welcome pets. Keep your pet leashed in common areas, avoid leaving them alone in the room for extended periods, and prevent them from barking excessively or disturbing other guests. Always clean up after your pet, both inside and outside the hotel.

7. Secure the room
Before letting your pet explore the hotel room, do a quick safety check. Ensure windows and balconies are secure, remove any small items they might swallow, and set up a cozy corner with their bed and toys. Bringing a pet gate can also help create a safe, designated area for your pet.

8. Prepare for emergencies
Know the location of the nearest veterinary clinic and have their contact information handy. It’s also wise to locate a 24-hour emergency vet. Being prepared for emergencies will give you peace of mind and ensure you can quickly address any health issues that might arise.

9. Be considerate with cleaning
Help maintain the hotel’s cleanliness by wiping your pet’s paws after walks and using waste bags to clean up after them. If your pet sheds a lot, use a lint roller or portable vacuum to minimize hair in the room. Keeping the room clean ensures a pleasant stay for you and future guests.

10. Reward your pet
Traveling can be stressful for pets, so reward good behavior with treats, affection, and playtime. Positive reinforcement helps them associate travel with positive experiences, making future trips easier and more enjoyable.

By following these tips, you can ensure a pleasant and memorable trip for both you and your four-legged friend. Traveling with pets can strengthen your bond and provide unique experiences that you’ll cherish forever. Enjoy your travels and make wonderful memories with your pet!

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