The pandemic highlighted our love affair with animals. As the world entered its darkest period in decades, humanity turned to its pets to bring them solace, and in some cases, help with mental illness. The bond between humanity and its pets is strong. That’s why pet owners pay so much attention to finding pet-friendly accommodation when they travel. The question for many pet owners is, “What should I look for when searching for pet-friendly accommodation?”.
Finding accommodation today is easier than it has ever been. Through platforms such as booking.com and airbnb.com, matching providers of accommodation with people seeking accommodation is an instantaneous process. Smart filters make that process even easier. These platforms often come with a pet-friendly filter you can use to find pet-friendly accommodation.
In addition, pet owners should look at customer reviews to see what other pet owners felt about the experience they received. You want a place that loves pets, not just tolerates them. Pets are smart and can feel the emotions of the people around them.
Make Sure the Setting is Pet-Friendly
Where your accommodation is located is as important as the accommodation itself. So, check to see if the surrounding parks, scenery and other places are pet-friendly too. You want to be able to let your pet roam free. Pets are sensitive to changes in their environment and you want them to feel really comfortable. Your pet will need reassurance and comforting.
Wide spaces are best for your pets, so check out Google Earth or Google Maps to get a feel of what the place is like.
Check Pet Meals for Nutrition
You should ensure that your pets nutritional needs are met. Hopefully, your place of accommodation has supplies of nutritious pet food that your pet normally eats. Pets can be fussy so you want to have access to the same kinds of food and even brands that your pet eats. Otherwise, you will have to take supplies with you when you travel. In the event that you will need someone to fly your pet to your travel destination, your pet’s flight nanny will be able to take its pet food along if your accommodation doesn’t have adequate supplies.
Many hotels and inns offer gourmet cuisine for pets, so don’t worry about asking if there are any arrangements possible for your pet’s food.
Check for Spas and Grooming Services for Your Pet
Not only should you keep your pets clean, it’s important to maintain your pet’s health. This is harder when you’re travelling because your routine is thrown off and you don’t normally have everything you need on hand. Check the area to see if the spas allow for pets to be treated and if there are any grooming services in the area. Ideally, these should be available where you’re staying.
Before ordering, check to see if your pet is allergic to anything. You’ll have to inform your place of accommodation before ordering. You don’t want your pets to get sick!