Pet Friendly Hotels
There are now thousands of hotels throughout the U.S.A. that advertise having a “pet friendly” policy. Pet friendly hotels will usually maintain a directory of the pet stores, veterinarians and dog parks in their area. Some hotels also make available food bowls and kennel beds for pets.
Pet friendly hotels generally charge an extra fee for your pet’s stay. Fees and charges will vary greatly depending on the exclusivity and location of the hotel. So it’s a good idea to call in advance and let your hotel know you’re coming with a pet. For instance a pet friendly hotel in Hollywood, California will charge a $100 cleaning fee per stay as well as a pet deposit of $100 per stay. On the other hand, a hotel in Barstow, California only charges a daily fee of $15 for a pet stay. One of the most pet friendly cities in the U.S. is Orlando. With a high number of accommodation options, Orlando hotels offer pet owners many possibilities when searching for Fido and feline friendly hotels.
Some hotels also charge a pet deposit to cover any damage done during your pet’s stay. The deposit can be as much as $150 and some deposits are non-refundable. Sometimes in addition to a deposit, some hotels will charge a daily pet cleaning fee. Frequently a hotel will also restrict the number of pets allowed in a room, specifying no more than two pets per room. Some hotels also put a restriction on the size and weight as well as the breed of the pet they’ll allow. The weight restriction can range from 40 lbs. to 75 lbs. Other restrictions include requiring pets to be leashed at all times in the public areas of the hotel.
If you’re planning to travel with your pet, it’s a good idea to get their health checked beforehand and let your veterinarian know about your travel plans so he can advise you accordingly. It will also be important that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and that he has a health certificate and proof that he’s had rabies shots. This last is especially important if you’re travelling by air with your pet because airlines will require you to show these documents.
Another important consideration is the kennel or crate that your pet will be traveling in. Be sure it is roomy and well ventilated as well as having a secure lock. Your pet should wear an identity tag that includes his owner’s name, address and phone number. Be sure that his nails are clipped so that he’s easy to handle and that he has been checked for lice or fleas. To be on the safe side, you might want to carry flea powder and shampoo with you so that your pet doesn’t accidentally infect your hotel room.
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