5 Tips for Travel with Pets
If you are starting to explore the idea of bringing your pet with you on vacation, look no further than Heartland Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg! Heartland Cabin Rentals offers pet friendly Gatlinburg Cabins loaded with every amenity you could ask for. We know how important your pet is to you, that is why we provide our guests with pet-friendly Gatlinburg cabin rentals to those seeking that particular amenity. With so much to do with your pet in the Smoky Mountains, we have five helpful tips for traveling with your pets to one of our pet-friendly cabins in Gatlinburg. Our pet-friendly Gatlinburg cabins are equipped with your furry friend's best interest in mind. Let your pet have the vacation they deserve, too!
What to Pack for Your Pet's Stay in the Smoky Mountains
First, what you need to do is make a list of necessities for your pet. Make yourself a checklist of any medications your pet may need. Does your pet have a favorite doggy bed or blanket? What about a favorite chew toy? Is your pet sensitive to storms of any kind? On your list, be sure to include: a traveling water dish, a towel or blanket to cuddle up on in the back seat, your pet's food, pet bags for potty time, a strong leash, treats for rewards, pet shampoo and bath towel, collar with identity and vaccination tags, your vet's contact information, and a pet carrier or standalone crate.
1- Why You Shouldn't Forget Your Pet's Doggy Bed, Favorite Blanket or Toy:
Having familiar items will help keep your pet comfortable and happy. Animals rely on a scent for the most recognition. Being in a new place with possible sensory remnants of past pets could cause your pet to go into affliction mode. Having familiar items that are calming and comfortable for them will let them feel that it is their territory, and they have a true place to belong, giving them a sense of "home".
2- Why You Need a Pet Carrier or Standalone Crate:
At some point along your Smoky Mountain getaway in Gatlinburg, you will want to venture out into town without Mr. Fluffy. Since you will be leaving Mr. Fluffy behind to relax all by his lonesome, you will want to make sure that he is confined in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Some pets can gain separation anxiety, especially when in a completely new type of territory with limited familiar things to keep them calm. Your pup will surely enjoy the alone time if the season offers a nice temperature place your pet and his crate or carrier on the back deck in the shade. He will be given fresh air, a view to look at, birds to listen to, and will hear your car pull back in the driveway. Also, if your pet nervously puddles, you will have an easy, no-fuss cleanup this way. Let your pup enjoy the cabin's relaxing outdoor pet amenities in your absence.
3- Why Shampoo, You May Ask? It Tends to Rain here in the Smoky Mountains:
If you didn't know, Great Smoky Mountains National Park just so happens to be a rainforest! You heard that right, a rainforest. Rain is unpredictable around these parts, so it is always clever to be constantly prepared. What this means for pet owners is "Thunder Jacket". If your pet scares easily during storms, bring their thunder jacket along to keep them calm. Aside from that, it gets wet outside! We all know what that means, wet dog, possible mud, oh! and ticks. If your pet goes frolicking through the woods, in a mud puddle or gets caught in the rain be sure to give him a good wash and dry.
4- Why you need pet bags for potty time when staying in a pet-friendly cabin in Gatlinburg:
It is a requirement for pet owners to pick up after their pets in shopping and dining areas as well as trails. This also is requested at any pet-friendly cabin in town. Bears and other wildlife can catch the scent and come wandering. It is safer to bag it and trash it.
5- Why You Need a Leash, Treats for Rewards, a Collar with Identity and Vaccination Tags and Your Vet's Contact Information:
If you plan to take your pet downtown, there is a leash law. Aside from that, the delicious smells and all the excitement (or coming in contact with another dog) could cause your pup to get excited. Always be sure to have a handle on your pet so you can keep them safe and by your side. Keep treats on your person when in town to keep your pet's attention focused on you. They'll never leave food! Keep your pet's ID tags and vaccination tag on their collar in case you get separated or have to go to a local vet for any reason. Should you have to go to a vet, they will require your vet's contact information in order to gain access to their health chart. Get in gear and begin your road trip to the Smoky Mountains for a memorable getaway with your furry friend.