We all want to go on vacation and enjoy our time away. But it is not fun when you have to leave your beloved pet at home alone for days or weeks. To solve this problem, many people choose to bring their pet at a kennel while they are staying in short-term rentals and vacation home. This can be stressful for the animal if they are not used to being in an unfamiliar place. However, there are ways to make your pet feel comfortable while they make the journey on your stay with you.

Make Your Dog Comfortable In The Vacation Property

One way to maximize the comfort of your pet is to bring your own cage with you on vacation so that your pet can travel safely with you wherever you stay. This will reduce any stress on the animal because he or she will feel more comfortable staying in their familiar surroundings instead of being out in a larger environment.

However, it’s not just about the cage. You also need to make sure that the kennel is set up in a way that will be comfortable for your pet. Make sure there is a bed, water dish, and toy inside so they can relax and feel at home.

If you are not able to bring your own cage with you on vacation, try to find a pet-friendly property that allows pets and also has their own cage or area that’s designated for pets.

Pet-friendly vacation rentals are often easy to find on Airbnb, Vrbo and property managers own websites, but note you’ll possibly pay a fee to bring your pet with you.

Be Prepared For Emergencies

If your dog does have an issue while you’re staying away from home, make sure you research local and nearby vet clinics. You should also have the contact information for your vet back home in case of an emergency too (if medical records need to be shared).

Also make sure you have all of your pet’s necessary medications and supplies with you while on vacation just in case something happens. This will help minimize any stress or anxiety that may occur if your pet falls ill while you’re away from home.

Normal Wear + Tear In Pet-Friendly Properties

Many pet-friendly properties expect normal wear and tear from dogs and pets staying, but damage too severe may cause you to have to pay for repairs.

There is no way to prevent a dog from chewing on wood furniture or damaging the walls, but you can take measures so your pet doesn’t cause too much damage. Cage your pet if you leave the property at any time, and also make sure to keep a close eye on them throughout the day to make sure the new environment is not causing them too much stress.

Taking Your Pet On A Road Trip

If you have chosen to drive to your vacation rental, driving safely with your pet is critical.

First, make sure you have the right car carrier that fits your pet. If you do not have a large dog and small car, then it will be more comfortable for them to ride in the backseat of your vehicle so they can get plenty of air while also being able to see out the window.

Take frequent breaks so your pet can go to the bathroom at rest stops, and pack a few bags to pick up any waste from your pet.

Safety Elements To Check When You Arrive

Make sure all plants in or around the home are pet friendly and don’t contain poisonous chemicals or leaves. Also make sure there aren’t any cords laying around where they could get tangled up too much and hurt themselves. Most pet-friendly properties deal with 20 – 50 guest turnovers a year, so they are commonly very safe.

Most Of All, Have Fun!

Taking your pet on vacation is fun! Make memories with your pet, and enjoy the time you both get to spend together. Find a dog park nearby! Take a walk in a new place! Just make sure you take all of these precautions, and ensure your pet is safe at all times during your stay.