If your Florida vacation just wouldn't be right without your furry family members, pet-friendly vacation rentals are your answer for lodging that works for your whole family.

Why vacation rentals make sense

A vacation rental has more space and is so much more comfortable when you're lodging with kids and pets. Being stuck in a single room isn't fun for anyone and especially not for your dog. In a vacation rental, they have room to relax just like you do, and there's more room for their gear, too.

Find a rental home with a fenced backyard for your dog to play in and to make those necessary trips outside so much easier. Cat-friendly homes give you room to get the litter box a little further away than in a hotel room. Make sure you know the specific pet rules and guidelines before making a final decision on a rental house for your trip. Your vacation rental owner may have recommendations for nearby dog parks and pet-friendly beaches too.

Different kinds of vacations

On long theme park days in Orlando, you may need to check out a local doggy daycare, so your pet has as much fun during the day as you do, and enough care and supervision when you'll be away for long hours. Do your homework and find a pet-friendly beach for days you're on the coast soaking up the sun. Don't forget to make sure you have a shady place and plenty of water for your dogs. Explore Floridas state parks, dog parks, and the many beaches that are open to dogs.

Bring along your pet's essentials

Your pet's bag should include enough of her usual food and treats to last for the trip, so you don't have to upset her diet and add another change to her routine. Bring a few familiar toys and a pet bed or blanket from home. And plan to have a couple new toys for your pet. A new and novel chew toy can keep a dog busy for hours in transit, while you enjoy some swim time or during movie night at your vacation rental.

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