How to Bring Fido On Vacation With Pet-Friendly Timeshares

Pet Friendly Timeshares

Planning a vacation can be challenging when you have a furry friend to consider. However, the good news is that pet-friendly timeshares are not as rare as you might think! Owning a timeshare at a pet-friendly resort offers numerous benefits. These accommodations cater to dog owners and provide a stress-free vacation experience for the whole family. Many of these resorts are located near dog daycares and boarding centers, ensuring that your pet is well taken care of when you have special activities planned. With a pet-friendly timeshare, you can rest assured that your furry companion is not only allowed but also welcomed with open arms.

Tips When You Vacation With Your Pet

As you think about the right pet-friendly timeshare vacation for your family, consider your pet’s needs, too. Not everyone’s animals are the same. While one resort may be great for small dogs, it may be too small for larger breeds. Keep in mind that not all pet-friendly timeshare resorts will accommodate pets over a certain weight and size. When you’re planning your vacation with your pet, make sure the resort will also be able to accommodate your dog if they are a medium to large breed.

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If you are purchasing a timeshare with the intent to also bring your pet along for years to come, consider buying a Home resort that’s pet-friendly and takes the stress out of family holidays. A pet-friendly timeshare can be the solution that makes everyone happy, including your furry family member. Most pet-friendly timeshare resorts are large and have great walking trails and space to play. Plus, villas commonly have multiple bedrooms with spacious living room areas.

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1. Make Sure your Pet Has a Micro-Chip

Even though we don’t like to think about it, something could go wrong and your pet could get lost! In addition to having a microchip, always make sure your pet is wearing proper identification. It’s also a good idea to make a temporary tag with the dates and locations where you’ll be staying on your vacation.

2. Planning Ahead is Key

Always make sure you have plenty of food and water on hand. Four hours before the trip, feed your pet and ensure they are hydrated.

3. Know Before You Go

Before you leave for your vacation, take your pet to the veterinarian for a quick check-up. Believe it or not, pets can also get car-sick, sea-sick, and super stressed out during long trips. Your vet may be able to prescribe some medication to make your pet more comfortable during your upcoming travels.

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Keep in mind that although some timeshare resorts are pet-friendly, almost all of them require an unattended pet to be crated in your suite or villa. A few weeks before your trip, make sure to leave the cage or carrier out in the open to let your pet get used to it if they aren’t already.

If you are traveling by airplane, always make sure you keep an eye on the weather where you are traveling to. The airlines will not allow any pets in cargo if the touchdown location is colder than 45 degrees or hotter than 85 degrees. If you are flying to a hot, tropical location, schedule a flight for nighttime. Or, if you are visiting somewhere cold, pick a flight during the day. 

If your pet is allowed on your furniture at home, make sure to bring a sheet or blanket to cover the bed so they don’t ruin the bedspread while making themselves at home. Also, use the resort’s towels or extra sheets to cover any chairs or window seats.

4. When You Arrive at Your Pet-Friendly Timeshare

When you arrive at your pet-friendly resort and check in, ask the front desk or staff if there are any animal-friendly amenities around the area. They might have some great suggestions for pet-friendly restaurants with outside seating or nearby dog parks to get some energy out!

5. Be Courteous to Other Guests at Your Pet-Friendly Timeshare Resort

We all love our pets and cherish them more than anything, but not all people are animal lovers! Strangers may have less patience for a barking dog on vacation, or if you don’t pick up after your pet.

6. If You Need to Leave Your Pet Alone, Let the Front Desk Know

If you need to leave your pet alone in your timeshare for any reason, make sure they are crated and you place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Give the front desk your cell phone number in case of any emergency or disturbance. Most timeshare resort rooms aren’t cleaned every day.

Top Pet-Friendly Timeshare Resorts

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Some pet-friendly vacation spots are located within Westgate, Marriott, and Hilton resorts. While some resorts consider themselves pet-friendly, this could mean a couple of things. Pets may be allowed in rooms but not common areas, or they may be allowed in both. Additionally, it could just mean that the resort has an onsite kennel for your fluff ball. Before your trip, be sure to call the resort directly for the most up-to-date pet policies. Similar to hotels, some timeshare resorts might have breed restrictions and weight limits.

Westgate Resorts General Pet Policy

Just about every Westgate property is a pet-friendly timeshare. Up to two dogs are allowed per room, and there is a mandatory cleaning fee of $100. If you will be bringing one dog during your stay at a pet-friendly Westgate timeshare, they must be under 60 pounds. If you will be bringing two dogs with you, both of them combined must be under 60 pounds.

During your stay, your dog must be supervised by you or another guest at all times, or crated when you are away. Westgate Resorts also does not allow dogs in public areas of their properties, including restaurants, spas, pool areas, casinos, etc.

Top Pet-Friendly Westgate Resorts:

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Four Seasons Residence Club General Pet Policy

Four Seasons Residence Club is one of the most luxurious vacation clubs with top-notch amenities and accommodations, and their resorts are pet-friendly! All six of the Four Seasons Residence Club locations allow pets up to 25 pounds at no additional cost or fee. If you are an owner of Marriott Vacation Club, this is great news if you plan on spending your points at an affiliated Four Seasons resort.

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Pet-Friendly Resorts on RCI

One of the best parts of owning a timeshare is exchanging it on timeshare exchange platforms like RCI or Interval International. RCI certainly has several properties you can trade for that allow guests to bring their pets along! As we mentioned before, almost all of Westgate Resorts’ properties are pet-friendly, and Westgate is affiliated with RCI.

Top Pet-Friendly Resorts on RCI:

Properties with a (*) are noted for being one of the RCI Gold Crown Resorts. RCI Gold Crown properties have significant positive ratings from pet owners and members alike who have traded and stayed at the property.

Interval International Dog-Friendly Resorts

If your ownership is not affiliated with RCI, don’t worry, because Interval International also offers top-rated resorts that are also dog-friendly. Simply deposit your ownership when you become a member to start trading and bring your pet along with you on your next vacation!

Interval International Resorts You Can Take Your Furry Friends:

Pet-Friendly Timeshares for Sale & Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals

Pet-friendly timeshares understand your desire to have your four-legged friends close by. Come discover new adventures with your pet as you explore new sights and sounds together. Hopefully, these helpful pet-friendly vacation tips will allow you to fully relax and enjoy your vacation with ALL of your family members!

Don’t forget to browse our timeshares for sale at the top pet-friendly timeshare resorts, or take a look at vacation rentals you can book.

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