3 Options for the Traveling Pet Parent

From time to time, Darwin Dogs loves the chance to post articles written by third parties.  One chance came a few weeks ago when Paige Johnson contacted us, asking about submitting an article for us.  As we have a big travel weekend coming up for Labor Day, here are some thoughts for those of us who prefer to travel with a companion.  Interested in submitting an article to be published?  Submit your ideas to kerry.stack@darwindogs.org.

Boots and Bee Photography - by Brittany Graham

Boots and Bee Photography – by Brittany Graham

Owning a pet has been shown to enrich lives, reducing the risk of disease and lengthening the lifespan of their owners. Having a loving animal to come home to can make a world of difference in your daily life. Unfortunately, our furry friends can make it difficult to travel. However, being a pet parent shouldn’t stop you from going on vacation. Here are a few options you have for making your vacation stress free for both you and your pet.

Freelance Pet Sitters

If you would rather your dog stay in the comfort of their own home, you might consider hiring a freelance pet sitter. Rover.com is a great place for seeking an at-home sitter for your pet. The site can put you in touch with someone to provide your pet an overnight stay, either in your home or the sitter’s, daily check-ins, and even walking. Rates vary depending on the individual, and the site customizes the results based on the sitter’s proximity to your home.

Boarding Facilities

Pet boarding facilities have been spreading at a rapid pace as our lives become busier and busier. These facilities vary widely in their prices and practices and should be researched thoroughly before you entrust one with your pet.

Good boarding facilities will allow a walkthrough of the facilities. You should check for cleanliness and daily routines within the facility to ensure your pet will not be trapped in a small space for the duration of your trip. There should be playtime, interaction with the staff and other dogs, access to an outside play space. Reading the reviews of a boarding facility is also a great idea to ensure your pet will be well cared for.

Take Them with You

A dog with all its vaccines and a microchip can travel almost anywhere. Of course, this means you need to plan your trips far in advance but being able to take your dog with you makes it all worth it. If your pet is going to be around water, double check that any pool chemicals and other cleaning supplies are properly stored so that your curious pet can’t nose his way into trouble.

If your dog is too big to fly in the airplane cabin with you, permitting them to fly in the cargo hold is not an acceptable option. Pets die every year as a result of airline negligence. Though some flights boast pet-friendly options, this does not always guarantee your pet’s safety. For large dogs, it is safer to stick to locations within driving distance.

Though owning a pet can restrict your freedom to travel, there is always a way to make things work. Regardless of what you opt to do, it is always possible for both you and your pet to enjoy your vacation.

Paige Johnson is a self-described fitness “nerd.” She possesses a love for strength training. In addition to weight-lifting, she is a yoga enthusiast, avid cyclist, and loves exploring hiking trails with her dogs. She enjoys writing about health and fitness for LearnFit.org.

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