Is a Beach Vacation a Good Idea for a Dog?

A lot of people consider their pet to part of the family, so when it’s time to go on vacation it can seem a little cruel to load the people into the minivan and wave good-bye to the pooch. More importantly, it can be nerve-racking to leave your animal in the care of friends who may or may not remember to check in everyday, or in the care of a strange animal kennel. Furthermore, the cost of a dog-sitter can be as high as a hotel room.

Because of this, many people look for a way to bring their dog on vacation with them. With beach vacations being so popular for a variety of families, a lot of people consider bringing their dog with them to Fort Myers Beach, FL. In fact, here at SunPalace we have a variety of properties that accept pets.

Of course, just because you can bring your dog on vacation doesn’t mean that you should just pack up your pooch with no prior planning. Before you book your condo or vacation home, consider these questions.

1. How well does my pet travel? Some dogs love the car, others don’t. If you have a dog that doesn’t like to travel, consider asking your vet for a sedative for the trip. Also make sure you plan in extra time for water and potty breaks while you drive.

2. What does you dog need to feel at home? While there are several properties that feature private beaches and heated pools, odds are your dog cares more about his or her favorite bed pillow and water dish. Make a list of everything your pet will need, and bring it with you.

3. How much space does your dog need? If you have a large dog, you’ll need a vacation rental that gives him or her enough room to sleep, eat, and exercise. Fortunately, our website has a section dedicated to properties that accept pets over 30 lbs.

4. Does your dog like the water? While most beaches that allow dogs will require you to keep your pet on a leash, he or she will still be able to run in the water or swim. Even if your dogs have never been around the ocean before, they will at least want to get their feet wet. If your dog doesn’t like the water, you can leave him or her in the vacation rental until you get back from the beach.

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