For pet owners out there, dogs and cats are more than just the family pet. They’re members of the family. Whether you see them as your children, your best friend, or simply your companion- Fido or Fifi deserve the best. Just as when traveling with children, it’s essential to be prepared when traveling to Destin Florida with Pets or anywhere else for that matter. Following these key guidelines will increase your chances of a good time, and your pet’s chances of staying calm and collected during the trip.
Shots and Check Ups
Before traveling, always make sure that your pet is up to date on all of his/her shots and has been to the vet for a wellness check up. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes these importances are forgotten- and this can mean life or death for your furry friend. Airlines require that your pets have up to date rabies vaccinations, and many destination resorts that allow pets will require the same. Think of it as an investment in your pet’s well being, both before and after the trip.
Water, Water and More Water
Always make sure that your pet has water available throughout the trip. If you’re leaving the house, make sure your pet has water to sip off of. If you’re out and about with friends and family, bring a water bottle and portable water bowl. And if you’re traveling in a car, make sure to give your pet water frequently to keep him or her hydrated. This is especially true if you’re traveling in the summer months, or plan on being outdoors a lot.
The Comforts of Home
Just like when we talked about traveling with children, dogs and cats are the same. They require certain comforts on the road that remind them of home. Whether it’s their favorite blanket, a special toy, or their very own water bowl- their comforts are just as important as ours.
Don’t Leave Unattended
The most stressful thing you can do is move your pet into a new environment and then leave. If you’re planning on being gone for most of the day, consider stopping in to visit your furry friend throughout the day. If you don’t plan on being in your hotel room or vacation rental for long periods, it may be best to consider a pet sitter and not bring your pet on the trip. And whatever you do, do NOT leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. Even with the windows open, your pet can suffer extreme illness from being left alone, unattended, in a hot vehicle.
Stay in Routine
Stay in the same routine you keep your pets in at home. If they eat at a certain time, still feed them at that time. If they go to the bathroom only twice a day, still only take them twice a day. If they have medication they need, be sure to give it to them. Just because you’re not at home doesn’t mean that things should change dramatically for you or your pet.
Leave Some at Home
If your pet gets stressed out easily, it’s probably best to leave it at home. It’s also not a good idea to travel with exotic pets, such as reptiles or specialty cats, especially if you’re not sure of the policies your home away from home may have. If your pet is still potty training, chews a lot, or is an escape artist, it’s probably a good idea to leave them with a responsible sitter.
Preparedness is key when traveling with your pets during the summer, or any other time of the year. A great deal of care is necessary to assure that both you and your pet remain stress-free during your upcoming vacation.
Carter Beach Properties has several pet-friendly units available year round. For details, visit our properties or call us at 850-269-1275. We would love to assist you and your family in finding the perfect beach rental.