Traveling With Pets

Traveling With Pets

The percentage of people vacationing with pets has been steadily increasing over the last decade from 20 to 40 percent.  Many timeshare resorts responded by offering pet friendly units for an additional fee. WWW.TimeshareOasis.com has a list of pet friendly timeshare resorts under the Resources tab. Before rushing out the door with leash or carrier in hand, consider the following.

BEFORE

  • Consider your pet’s temperament, health and emotional needs. How will your pet respond to unusual modes of transportation, being off their regular schedule and away from familiar sights, sounds and smells? Would they be happier at home with someone checking in on or staying with them?  Would staying at a local kennel be more advantageous than a long trip?
  • If you decide you and your pet are ready to go, then WAIT. Check with your veterinarian to see if your pet is in good health and up-to-date on all vaccinations.  Some forms of travel and destinations require a health certificate and medical records.  Now is a good time to have your pet microchipped to provide the greatest odds of being reunited with your pet should you become separated.
  • Book early and confirm in advance. Various modes of transportation have rules that you should be aware of in advance. While some resorts are pet friendly, they often have only a limited number of units available. Also there may be amenities and parts of the resort that are not open to pets and leaving your pet alone in the unit is discouraged.
  • Packing-food, snacks, collapsible bowl, medicine, blanket, toy. Check the weather.  Will your pet need a cooling vest or a sweater?  It’s harder for smaller animals to regulate their temperature.

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PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES

  • Feed your pet a few hours before travel and take a walk before leaving.  Give yourselves time and keep anxiety levels low.
  • ID your animals approved crate or carrier with “Live Animal”, your home and destination address.
  • Sedation when flying can put pets at risk for heart and respiratory issues.
  • If traveling by car, buckle or harness pets in the back seat away from air bags or if crated or in a carrier, make sure it’s secured so as not to impede vision, be a distraction or become a projectile.

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YOU HAVE ARRIVED!

  • Stay with your pet so they can acclimate and feel secure. Book a unit away from elevators and heavy foot traffic.  Put on “white noise” and hang a do not disturb sign.
  • Keep to your pet’s regular schedule and foods.
  • Check with the concierge for pet friendly outdoor dining, dog parks and other activities to enjoy.
  • Additional resources- BringFido.com and GoPetFriendly.com
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