Pet hotels are a luxury option for traveling pet owners. Dogs and cats are boarded and pampered. Some of the most desirable pet hotels offer premium accommodations, specialty meals, frequent walks, group play, bedtime snacks, and much more.
With so much going on at the pet hotel, your pet can enjoy the experience and suffer less separation anxiety. Some pet hotels offer live streaming webcam services so that loving pet owners can view their dog or cat’s joy and excitement in real time. Luxury pet boarding can be a delightful experience for everyone.
Ask friends and family to recommend a pet hotel. Plan ahead, because some pet hotels and resorts get overbooked quickly, especially during holidays and other prime travel periods.
Plan to visit the pet hotel before deciding on the best choice. Check the available space, the maximum number of pets that can be boarded in the facility, and how many caregivers are available to take care of pets. Ask if the pet hotel has an exam room and inquire about veterinary care if needed for your pet during the boarding period.
A pet hotel with lots of interior room is desirable for cats and dogs. Cat climbing trees or scratching posts can promote exercise and fun. Make sure the space is clean and smells fresh.
Ask the pet hotel about pet activities. While it may seem like a good idea to bring your pet’s toys along to the pet hotel, other pets might compete for them. Your pet will need to play well with others and a pet hotel with group activities probably won’t include lots of “me time” for your pet.
Some pets need special meals. If your pet is on a doctor-prescribed diet, plan to bring enough food to the pet hotel. If the pet’s must have a gluten-free diet, or if your pet is diabetic, bring the required supplies and medicines to the pet boarding facility.
Ask about the pet hotel’s rules concerning pet beds and leashes. If your pet loves his or her special bedding and guider leash, the pet hotel will probably ask you to leave it with them.
Include instructions about how to feed or administer medicines, but plan to discuss the pet’s needs in detail with the pet hotel’s staff beforehand.
Most pets enjoy play time with other adults and animals. Take your pet on several visits to the pet hotel before your trip if possible. Slowly familiarizing your pet with the staff will make saying a short good-bye much easier for you.