Summer is here in North Carolina! That means it is time for backyard BBQs, swimming pools, and family trips. As a pet owner, booking your hotel or Airbnb is only one part of your trip planning. The other part is deciding who will take care of your pets while you are away.

As everyone’s situation is a little different, it is essential to look into what each boarding facility has to offer. The team of Veterinarians at Cumberland Animal Hospital will explain the different options for pet care during your summer travels.


The least stressful situation for most pets is for them to stay at home. Your home offers familiar sights and scents that will give your pet comfort in your absence. It also makes it easy to stick to familiar routines.

The other option with a close friend or family member is for your pet to stay at their house as they may be familiar and comfortable staying in their home. It is important to make sure your pet gets along with other pets before having them stay in a house to avoid undue stress or fights.


When you do not have family or friends nearby or available but want your pet(s) to stay at your home while you are traveling, the next best option is to hire a pet sitter.

Make sure to do your research when hiring a pet sitter. It is important to get recommendations and check that your sitter is responsible and reliable. You want to make sure that your pet is in the very best hands and will take care of your pet just like you.


Pet boarding facilities were created for the purpose of providing a safe, secure environment for pets while their owners are away. It is important to remember that not all kennels are created equal.

When choosing a place to board your pet, do not just pick a place found on Google. Ask for recommendations from friends and your vet. Make sure to visit the facility and do a tour. Check the facility’s requirements for boarding as most animals need all vaccinations up-to-date.

Your vet may offer boarding and that is always the best option as they are also available for any needed medical care, especially if you have a senior animal or one who needs daily medication.


This may not always be practical, but it’s a fun option for dogs that are used to being part of the action. Look for pet-friendly hotels or an Airbnb at your vacation spot and make it truly a whole family vacation.


Anytime you plan to be away from home with your pet, make sure you bring an updated copy of their vaccinations with you or that they are easily accessible. It is also important to have an updated photo of your pet if you get separated, and be sure that the collar ID tags include your cell phone number. If your pet has not been microchipped, now is a good time to do so. While collars and tags offer quick identification, they can fall off or be removed. However, a microchip is a permanent and positive identification for your pet.


The Cumberland Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina understands how important it is to keep our pets safe year-round. If you have questions or concerns about your pet travel plans, call us at 910-822-3337. Cumberland Animal Hospital’s veterinarians in Fayetteville, NC are always available to assist you. Call us to schedule an appointment or ask any questions.