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Travel with your pooch

Website helps families plan holidays with their pets.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2010 15:43 IST
Sneha Mahale

Next time you plan an outing, you won’t need to search for a kennel or find a relative to leave your pet with. You can take your pooch along. All because of a website launched by Anupama Vinayak. Called www.petvacations.in, this portal deals exclusively in travel planning for pets and their parents.

Vinayak, an animal lover and parent to six-year-old Labrador, Banjo, came up with the idea after facing difficulties while travelling with her dog. She says, “My family loves to travel. But each time we had to go somewhere, we had to first Google and find hotels or resorts where Banjo could be accommodated. It was very difficult, as this information wasn’t easily available.”

Vinayak finally found five resorts that allowed pets and put the list out online. The response was tremendous and that’s how petvacations.in started. Today, the website is home to almost 500 hotels, resorts and cottages from across the country and caters to every type of traveller and their pets.

On offer
On the website, accommodation is categorised according to place and budget. Vinayak also suggests places as per the dog’s age and breed. This gives pet parents a host of options to choose from. Budgets range from Rs 1,000 to Rs 20,000 per day.

Once the location is fixed, Vinayak also provides suggestions to make travel easier and more comfortable for the pet and its owners. She says, “For example, if someone has a Rottweiler, we suggest a cottage over a resort. It gives this particular breed more space to run around.”

More services
Other services available include making special food depending on the dog’s breed, age and health requirements, and pet-friendly taxi services. However, to avail of these services, pet parents need to sign a form of terms and conditions.

Vinayak says, “The form is a formality we have to fill up for the resorts and hotels and comprises of instructions responsible parent would follow anyway.

For example, as part of lodging etiquette, carry your own linen for the dog to sleep on.”

On petvacations.in, there is no one canine breed better suited for travel than others, but Vinayak does put in a word of caution. She says, “Avoid travelling with younger dogs who have not been vaccinated and pups below five months of age. They can travel once they are a bit older.”

What to keep in mind while travelling
Snub-nosed dog breeds like pugs, American pit bull terriers, Boston terrier boxers, bulldogs, bull terriers or Pekingese are not suited for air travel, as airline cabin temperatures do not suit them. Travelling by road is a better option.
Put a leash on your pooch in public.
Carry vaccination records.
If your dog poops, please clean up.
Carry linen for your dog to sleep on in hotels.
For more info, log on to www.petvactions.in