Though most kennels take expert care of our furry friends, kenneling can be a pricey option, costing anywhere from $20 to $200 a night. Certainly kenneling is an easy go-to solution for when you travel, but if your budget is tight, you may want to consider other travel solutions for your pets. Anderson is quick to add, however, that "the perk to kenneling is that if your pet were ever to get sick, they'd be around professional help and receive it on site."
"Pet sitters can always be a good option, especially since your animal will be left in its own environment and is usually less stressed," says Anderson. "It's important to remember that many professional sitters are usually booked up months in advance, which can make it hard when owners have left scheduling until the last minute." Be sure to book sooner rather than later. Pet sitters may also be pricey, but having your pet left in its familiar surroundings may be worth it for your and your pet's peace of mind.
If you're lucky enough to have friends and family nearby who are willing to take care of your pet, give them a chance. "This can be a much cheaper and easier alternative to finding pet-friendly accommodations," explains Anderson. "Keep in mind, too, that your pet will definitely be more relaxed around people it knows." Before you make this kind of arrangement with your pet, however, remember that if your friends or relatives have little pet knowledge, they may not realize when something is wrong with your pet.
Unless you have an exceedingly high-strung animal, traveling with the family pet is generally a relatively relaxed experience for everyone, says Anderson. "Pet owners can ensure that their pets are safe, and your pet is with familiar faces," she adds. "If you're staying in a hotel, check out PetsWelcome.comfor pet friendly hotels in the US and Canada." Another travel bonus: Airlines are also becoming more accommodating to traveling pets.
Anderson reminds pet owners once again that you it's a good idea to do your research well in advance of upcoming trips so you can make the best arrangements for your pets, whether they are traveling with you, staying home or being kenneled.
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