Pet Friendly Breaks

Planning a holiday when you have a pet can be an emotional experience. While you excitedly thumb through pamphlets of your dream holiday destinations, your loyal pal is gazing up at you with those big brown eyes as though pleading with you to bring him along too.

Pet Friendly Holidays

At this point you remember the difficulties of holidays when you have pets. Not only will you feel guilty about leaving them cooped up at a kennel or cattery, but you’ll also have the huge cost associated with their care as well. Further, pets tend to remember these slights, and as one  cat-owner discovered, they can get vindictive too. Each time she began packing for a trip, her cat would pee in all of her shoes!

The good news is, you can bring your furry friends with you, and save all the money you would have spent on pet care. The UK has literally thousands of holiday homes, cottages and holiday apartments in every spectacular place in the country, where your pets are welcome too. Further, these places are often a similar cost, or even cheaper, than traditional hotels, but boast plenty of space and amenities you’d never find in generic holiday accommodation.

But it isn’t just the tourist areas where you can bring your four-legged friends. Whether you’re staying in the Lake District or the highlands of Scotland, wherever you go, you can find comfortable, affordable and roomy accommodation for your whole family to enjoy. With such a wide range of places available, you may even find yourself bringing your pet along on business trips.

Once you’ve chosen the right place for you and your pet, it’s time to start considering anything special you’ll need to do to prepare yourself and your pet for the trip. These can include:

1. Ensuring your pet has been Microchipped and has an ID tag with a number where you can be reached while you’re away. This may mean getting a new tag done with your mobile phone number on it.

2. Bring along some printed photos of your pets, just in case the unthinkable happens and they get lost.

3. Be sure to pack some comfort items from home for your pet, whether they are cuddly toys or special blankets. This will ensure that they have something to soothe them if they’re feeling anxious and homesick, especially if you leave them alone for any length of time at the holiday destination.

4. Plan plenty of rest stops on the way to your destination, so that your pet can get some fresh air, move around a bit, and of course – have some necessary toilet stops.

5. If you can fit it, bring along your pet’s bed. Although some holiday homes provide bedding for pets, your dog or cat will appreciate snuggling into their own.

6. Your pet will also be happy to see their favourite food and treats being packed, as well as a few toys for in the car or to chase during a rest stop. And don’t forget plenty of water for the drive.

So once you have found your perfect pet friendly holiday, make it comfortable for the whole family including your pet.

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