According to Mercola Healthy Pets, the number of pet friendly hotels has increased from an estimated two thousand to around forty thousand since the late 1990’s. The truth is we love our pets and hotel chains know we need to bring them with us! Aside from just wanting to travel around with your dog or cat, it can be very stressful to find a family member, friend, or neighbor to care for your pet while you are away from home. In addition, most pets are thrilled to travel along with their owners as a companion or even a co-pilot! Fortunately, with the rise of nation-wide dog parks, and even select restaurants and bars designating special areas for pets, hotels or motels have recognized the importance of having a facility that is welcoming for pets. It’s important to first research if the hotels near your destination allow pets. Even if some hotels state no pets are allowed, there are exceptions if you are traveling with a service dog. For all other pets, the hotel will state their policy for bringing a dog or cat during your stay. Typically, most hotels will charge a small fee per day along with a security deposit depending on the hotels pet policy. In some cases, hotels may have pet size and breed restrictions. In addition, it’s also a good idea to ask the hotel the limit of pets you can bring in case you have more than one dog or cat. One of the most imperative rules for bringing your pet to a hotel is to make sure your animal does not excessively bark in the case of bringing a dog and to make sure you clean up any messes your pet may cause in the room. This is one of the main reasons that some hotels require a security deposit in the instance of a pet damaging furniture or soiling carpet and flooring.
Tip: If a pet may have a strong attachment to the owner and the owner leaves their pet in the hotel room unattended, a dog for example, if there are multiple complaints coming from surrounding hotel guests of excessive barking, complaints may be received to hotel manager which often will result in a call to the owner to come back to the hotel to calm down the dog. Therefore, if you have a dog that may be upset being in a room alone, make sure to bring your dog along with you away from the hotel or possibly locate a temporary dog sitting facility while you are away.