Pet-Friendly Travel: Staying in a Hotel With Your Dog

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By Cassie Kifer

When we first got our dog, I was a bit nervous about how this would affect our travelling.  Soon, we realized it wasn’t that difficult because for many weekends away and road trips, we’ve found we can bring our dog with us! Hotels and motels in all price ranges increasingly allow pets to stay.

Pet friendly hotels - Posey in the car

The first time we brought her along, I didn’t completely trust her to behave in the hotel, but she adapted quickly and she’s become a great travelling companion!

Here are some things we’ve learned about staying in a hotel with a dog:

The Basics

  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with ID tags AND is microchipped with updated contact information including your cell phone number.
  • Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccines, especially rabies. Some airlines, hotels, kennels/day care facilities, etc. may ask to see proof of rabies vaccination before they admit you.
  • Be sure your pet is current on a monthly treatment of systemic flea medication. Even if you don’t see any fleas on your pet you do not want to leave fleas or ticks in your hotel room!

In the Hotel

Pet friendly hotels - Posey at the hotel

  • Research pet-friendly accommodations before you leave and make a reservation in advance whenever possible. Many pet-friendly properties only have a limited number of rooms that they set aside for stays with pets.
  • Find out the hotel’s pet policy and any pet fees in advance. Many charge fees that range from nominal to very expensive. Ask whether the fee will be charged per night or once for the duration of the stay.  Also some properties have size or breed restrictions, so make sure your pet qualifies.
  • On that note, never try to sneak your pet into a hotel or motel that won’t allow it. Most have hefty fines for guests that get caught. In a pinch, some budget chains (including Motel 6) now allow pets

Pet friendly hotels - Posey at the beach

 

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