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Pet friendly Accommodation

Have you always wanted to go on a holiday but you can’t bear the idea of leaving your beloved pets behind?  With the increasing range of animal friendly accommodation available, now you don’t have to make the choice!  You can bring your pets with you and still have the holiday of your dreams.

What is Animal Friendly Accommodation?

Animal friendly accommodation is accommodation that allows you to have your beloved pets with you when you go away on holiday, saving the need for you to get a pet sitter or board your animals while you are away.  This results in less stress and worry for you as the owner and it also means that your pet is less stressed as they get to remain with familiar people.

Options in Animal Friendly Accommodation

When it comes to finding accommodation that is animal friendly, it’s not as difficult as you might think. As more and more people are realising that animals are an integral part of the family, these are becoming catered for when it comes to going on holidays.  Just some type of accommodation properties that you can stay in include:

  •  Bed and breakfasts
  •  Hotels
  •  Motels
  •  Apartments
  •  Self contained properties
  •  Houses
  •  Cabins
  •  Caravan parks
  •  Camping  grounds
  • Resorts

These properties are available all over the country.  Most pets that stay in animal friendly accommodation will need to be fully vaccinated, wormed, and flea treated.  Also make sure that they can be easily identified through a tag on the collar or microchipping.

Choosing Animal Friendly Accommodation

If you are planning on taking your pet/s with you on your next holiday, here are some great tips to ensure that you find the right animal friendly accommodation.  Firstly, to find suitable accommodation you can search on the internet (there are specialist sites dedicated to finding animal friendly properties); look through accommodation directories; ask your travel agent; ask your friends with pets where they’ve stayed before; or call the property direct and ask if they take animals.

Once you have found a place that you think may be suitable, you will need to ask them some questions.  These include:

  •  Where will your pet be allowed to sleep? (in the room, outside, etc)
  •  Will your pet be required to be on a leash or otherwise contained at all times?
  •  What amenities do they provide for animals? (fenced areas, baths, easy to clean floors, and so on)
  •  Do they have dog friendly parks or beaches nearby?
  •  Can you easily access a vet in case of emergency?
  •  Do they provide pet sitting or day care services or are these services available nearby?

Of course, if you are taking your pet with you on holiday, you have responsibilities as well.  Find out if the manager of the property that you will be staying at will require a pet bond to protect against damage (this is refundable if no damage occurs), if there will be extra charges for keeping your pet at the property, or if there are costs for cleaning the place. You should also do your best to keep your pet calm and quiet so that it does not bug other holiday-goers and always clean up after them and dispose of their waste as quickly as possible.

To make the holiday as stress free as possible for both you and your pets, you should try and make your pet feel at home as much as possible. Take their favourite toys, some comfortable and familiar bedding.  Of course, you should also take plenty of dry and canned dog food and make sure that your pet has access to plenty of fresh water, both at the accommodation venue and during travelling.

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