- Take your pet to the vet. Before you leave for vacation, have your pet get a check up to ensure all vaccinations are up to date, and to make sure the animal is in good health.
- Talk to your vet about your vacation destination. Some locations may require extra precautions if there are dangerous conditions. For example, a heavily wooded beach area might require a vaccination against Lyme Disease.
- Determine how you will travel to your beach destination.
- Get a crate to accommodate your pet if you are flying. Most airlines will not allow you to carry a pet onto the plane unless it is very small and will not disturb other passengers who may have allergies.
- Make frequent stops if you travel by car or RV. Let your pet get some fresh air and exercise. Stops can also provide an opportunity to give your pet food and water, and allow the animal to relieve itself.
- Find a hotel or other lodging that is pet-friendly. Most accommodations will advertise themselves as pet-friendly on their websites.
- Check sites such as Petfriendlytravel.com and Petswelcome.com for lists of pet-friendly hotels, resorts, house rentals and bed and breakfast facilities.
- Expect to pay a pet deposit. Most hotels charge pet deposits of between $10 and $30 per night.
- Consider camping on the beach. This is a good way to keep your pet close. You can find a campground, a beach cabin or an RV site along many coastlines.
- Make sure you are vacationing at a beach that allows pets. California has the most pet-friendly beaches in America.
- Check the beach's website, or the parks and recreation department of the city where you will be traveling. They will tell you about any restrictions on pets at the local beaches.
- Follow all rules and regulations for having pets at the beach. Most beaches will require you to keep your pet on a leash or in a harness.
- Clean up after your pet. This is especially important on the beach, where many people are walking, running, sunbathing, and swimming.
- Keep your pet hydrated. Being in the sun and getting extra exercise means more water is necessary.
- Remember to be considerate of other people. Even if your pet is well-behaved, you never know how an animal will react in public. Some people are scared of animals, especially children. Be aware of other animals on the beach
- Bring several toys and treats for your pet. This will keep your pet occupied, and remind him or her of home.
- Do not take dangerous or exotic pets on your beach vacation. When an establishment calls itself "pet-friendly," that often means it allows small dogs. Some people might travel with cats and other small animals such as rabbits. However, pets such as snakes and other reptiles should probably be left at home.
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