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Traveling with your Pet

Our trusty companions are considered by many to be a member of the family. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study confirms pets contribute to overall cardiovascular health by lowering cortisol, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. So, it really is in our best interest to spend as much time with our furry friends

Pet parents increasingly want to take their furry family members with them wherever they can. This has led to an uptick in pet travel, whether around town, on business, or across the country. In response to this demand, more hotels are taking steps to accommodate four-legged guests.

While there may be an increase in accommodations that allow pets, taking a trip with a pet still requires you to do a little bit of homework first. 

More and more hotel websites state they accept pets but that doesn’t mean they accept all types of pet or that they don’t have rules regarding their visit. Be sure to take a close look at the hotel of your choice pet policy to ensure you and your furry friend are welcome.

Here are a few tips to help make traveling with your pet les stressful.

1. Pet Fees

Most pet-friendly accommodations charge an additional fee for pets. Some charge per stay, while others may charge per pet/night. In some cases, pet deposits may be required. It’s important to be aware of these costs and factor them budget.

2. Pet Weight Limit

Most accommodations have a pet weight limit (usually over 60 pounds). If you have a larger pet, it’s important to know before booking. 

3. Number of Pets Allowed

Most accommodations will only allow up to two pets per room. If you’re traveling 3+ pets and more than one adult, you might consider renting two rooms.

4. Types of pet’s welcome

Remember Pet friendly doesn’t automatically mean “all pets.” Most pet-friendly hotels allow dogs, and cats. 

5. Unattended Pet Policy

Some accommodations will allow you to leave your pet unattended in your room, and some will not 

6. Breed Restrictions

Some dog breeds such as bully breeds, German Shepherds, and Dobermans, are restricted by some accommodations, this is more commonly found with vacation rentals and B&Bs.

While some hotel chains allow “pets allowed” across the board, individual hotels may have their own specific pet policy, and policy restrictions can vary widely, even within brands and chains. Policies are also subject to change. Never assume a hotel’s pet policy – always know before you go