Including Pets on Holidays Can Save Travellers Worry and Money

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It's become more and more common to see pets with their families on vacation. Not only are there an increasing variety of pet-friendly accommodations, but bringing Fido along can give pet owners peace of mind while also saving them money.

Travellers who bring their pets on holidays can save themselves from worrying about their pet's welfare, while also saving a few dollars at the same time. Pet-friendly hotels and other vacation accommodations are increasingly aware that they can fill more rooms by welcoming pets - and travellers with pets are happy to oblige.

"Pets are family. Many pet owners don't want to leave the pet behind when the rest of the family goes away," comments Angela Lynch, founder of the Pet Friendly Canada Directory and owner of four pets. Lynch, who has travelled throughout Canada with her two dogs, says that she brings the dogs because she enjoys the companionship. It also keeps her from wondering how they are, and as a bonus it's more affordable than boarding them or hiring a pet-sitter.

Pet-friendly hotels usually charge a pet fee, as do motels, cottages, resorts, and the many other types of lodgings that allow pets. Pet fees vary widely: the rare accommodation charges nothing at all, but it's much more common to find pet fees ranging from $10 to $25 a night. Some lodgings charge a fee per stay (rather than per night), and some charge per room (rather than per pet). Travellers are advised to verify pet policies and fees prior to booking.

When figuring out whether to bring the pet or leave him behind, travellers are faced with the dilemma of whether to ask family or friends to care for the pet. It can be an uncomfortable task since people don't want to feel they're "imposing", particularly if they will be away for more than a few days.

The other option is to board the pet or find a pet-sitter. Aside from the time-consuming task of locating an appropriate boarding facility or pet-sitter, the fees associated with them are often more than the pet fees charged at a hotel or other accommodation. Boarding facilities or pet-sitting are typically available for a basic charge, with additional services -- such as longer walks or administering medication - available for extra cost.

Worrying about how the pet is faring while the rest of the family is away on holidays can be stressful. There can be anxiety over whether the pet is eating properly, getting enough exercise and attention, and if he's happy. That in itself may persuade a family to bring the pet along, but the companionship of a pet is a major reason why they're included on a family holiday. For many people, a holiday just wouldn't be the same without the family pet.

A favourite pet-friendly holiday spot can become the topic of conversation while socializing at the dog park with other pet owners. This referral business is a bonus for hotels and other holiday accommodations too, as it's a great way to fill rooms, particularly during slow times.

Lynch cautions that not every pet should travel. "Some pets don't enjoy the experience, aren't in suitable health, or don't have the temperament for travel. In these cases, it's better to leave the pet at home where he'll be more comfortable," she says. Lynch also notes that travellers who bring their pets should display good "pet etiquette", as they are goodwill ambassadors for all future travellers with pets.

For further information, please contact Angela Lynch or visit http://www.petfriendly.ca. Pet Friendly(tm) is a trademark of Pet Friendly Canada.

About Pet Friendly Canada:
The Pet Friendly Canada website is found online at http://www.petfriendly.ca and offers a free, searchable list of hotels, motels, resorts, cottages, and other vacation accommodations throughout Canada that allow pets. Pet travel tips and checklists are also available. Pet Friendly also provides an online community for pet owners at http://www.pawfriendly.com/community which includes a forum for Pet Travel Deals.

Contact:
Angela Lynch
Pet Friendly Canada
403-226-6668
http://www.petfriendly.ca

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