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Overseas holidays and the family pet

Retirement  |  7/08/2017  |   5 min read

One of retirement’s greatest perks is being able to take extended holidays. Whether that means a road trip around Australia, time overseas, or just a week at the beach, you’re free to see and do all the things you’ve been putting off. Except for one small snag – the family pet.

No matter how well behaved, loved, or cute the pet may be, it’s not always practical, or even possible to take them with you. Luckily, there are a range of services and options that will allow you to holiday guilt free.

Pet Hotels

If you have money to burn and your family pet is used to a certain level of pampering, there are pet hotels which can keep them in the manner to which they’re accustomed. Cats can board in private air-conditioned ‘suites’ at more high end veterinary clinics, with prices starting at around $40 per day. Dogs are offered the same ‘private room’ services, where they can lounge around in air conditioned comfort and enjoy a daily exercise regime with a minder.

Pet Minding services

Another alternative is to hire a pet minder while you’re away. Whether you need a live-in house sitter or someone to pop in once a day to refill the water bowl and take bouncer for his constitutional, there are a variety of services available.

Sites like Madpaws allow you to input your holiday dates and requirements then select someone in your area who can assist. An overnight sitter starts at around $25, and a daily time walk is as low as $15. 

Pet Friendly luxury hotels

If you’d rather take your pet with you an increasing number of hotels and resorts allow dogs on their premises. The Langham in Sydney has a dedicated puppy program, including a plush bed, water bowl and a bag of gourmet treats upon check in. They even have puppy friendly meals on their room service list.

Alternatively, you can look at booking a cottage or private residency via sites like AirBNB and Stayz.com.au. Both allow you to filter the results for pet friendly accommodation.

Whichever option you choose, having a pet shouldn't stop you from going on holidays and enjoying yourself.  

 

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