What to know before bringing your pet to a hotel

If you are staying in a hotel for temporary placement or are on vacation, you want your family with you, including your pet. While there are pet friendly hotels that seem like a good option, here are some things to ask yourself before sharing a room with your furry friend.

How many pets are you bringing

Most hotels will have a maximum number of pets allowed in one room and will charge additional fees. If you plan on bringing more than one pet, ask the hotel to see if they have a maximum number or if there are any charges for having more, if there are any pet deposits or nonrefundable fees and if they charge a daily pet fee. Depending on your budget or coverage, this could be a factor to consider.

Type, size and breed

Always ask/find out to see if the hotel has restrictions on cats, dogs, birds or any other critter you’ll be bringing with you. Many hotels will not accept pets that exceed a certain weight or are on the restricted breed list. They can also ask you to kennel or cage your animal when you are not in the room.

Length of stay

Are you staying for a few days or a few weeks? Think about the space of a hotel room and if other people will be staying with you. Will your dog become anxious for a long period of time in a small space or will he/she be okay for a few days? You know your pet best and what will be a comfortable living situation for them and everyone involved.

Your pets needs

Cat and Dog together resting on bed of hotel room.
Never try to sneak unapproved pets into a hotel room. You could incur additional charges or even worse, be asked to leave the hotel.

Your furry friend is accustomed to a certain lifestyle and sometimes can have behavioral issues when their routine is disrupted. Here are just a few questions you can ask yourself before deciding a hotel is the best option.

“How old is your pet?”  In most cases, puppies are more of a liability than an older dog or cat. A puppy needs constant attention, can be more destructive and ultimately cost you more in damages to the hotel room than you’d probably like to pay.

“Are they well trained?” If you have a dog who chews or cat that scratches, you may be in for a lot of charges from the hotel.

“Do they make tons of noise?” If you answered yes to the question, you’re most likely going to be getting noise complaints. If a hotel finds your pet to be disruptive to other guests, they will ask you to leave.

“How often will they be alone?” The best way to avoid damages is to be around your pet. They are in an unfamiliar place where, most likely, other animals have stayed before. They may become more anxious and scared, which can lead to behavioral problems.

“Is your pet primarily outside or use a doggy door?” Think of the space they’re used to, their energy level and where/how often they potty. Chances are, if they don’t ask to go outside at home, they won’t in a hotel room.

 “How do they interact with strangers?” Remember, you will not have a lot of space between you, other guests and their pets in a hotel. If your pet is known for aggressive behavior or has territory issues, it’s probably in both of your best interests to not take them to the hotel.

Alternative options

Pet boarding

The best peace of mind, knowing your fur baby is safe and well taken care of. Most boarding places will provide food, treats, walks and play time, veterinary assistance (if needed) depending on what you pay for and where you go. Look into different facilities and options that are best for your budget and pet.

If you are in a hotel due to displacement from your home, ask your insurance carrier about coverage for pet boarding.

You’ll want to provide the facility with any information or requirements (type of food, walk schedule, behavior, etc) to ensure the best care. While boarding your pet may seem costly, think about how much you could be spending in fees and possible damages.

Pet sitters

This is a great option if you can leave your animal at home or know someone who is willing to care for it. In some cases, a sitter can even watch your pet at their home.

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters is a great place to start to learn more about pet sitters and what to expect.

Vacation rentals or temporary housing

If you plan on staying for more than a few days, look into pet friendly vacation rentals. They usually will have lighter pet restrictions and can provide a larger and more comfortable space for your animal. If have been displaced due to a property claim, talk to your insurance provider about using a vacation rental or if the stay will be 30 days or more. If so, a temporary home can provide the amenities you and your pet(s) need to be together comfortably.

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