One Bone Please
Who doesn’t love a night in a hotel? A treat upon arrival, a cozy bed and delicious dinners made especially by a top chef — not to mention spending quality time in an English garden. Heaven!
Sorry. It’s not for you; it’s for your pet!
Yes, the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta offers this luxurious pet program called MOpup, which includes organic bone-shaped cookies prepared by the hotel’s pastry team, a bed, water bowl, doggie dental kit and toys. The cuisine includes such specialities as grilled steelhead salmon with roasted asparagus and glazed carrots and dry aged beef tenderloin with blue cheese mashed potatoes. After a romp in the English garden with dedicated pet-friendly seating area, your pup will need a relaxing cocktail such as the MOcktail or the coconut water-infused “melon puptail.” The Mandarin Oriental charges $100 for the pet stay (25 pound maximum).
All across town, hotels are recognizing that guests want to bring man’s (and woman’s) best friend along for the trip — and are making them welcome. In BuckHaven, many hotels not only accept pets, but treat them as treasured guests. Many hotels have a pet size limit and just about every one will charge you a clean-up fee.
The W Hotel offers a custom pet bed, food and water bowls with a floor mat, toy and litter box and scoop. Of course, everyone needs a turndown treat, including your pet. They also offer a pet-in-room sign and dog walking service. There is a $25 supplementary room charge and $100 nonrefundable cleaning fee.
The Grand Hyatt Atlanta welcomes traveling canine companions with a hypoallergenic bed, bowl, welcome treat and special in-room dining doggie menu.
The Buckhead and Brookhaven hotels maybe welcoming to your pet but if they don’t enjoy the trip, it’s not going to be fun for everyone.
Dr. Mark R. St. Onge, DVM, and owner of Buckhaven Veterinary Clinic, says the key to success is preparation. “If you’re traveling by air, check the regulations. It’s very common for airlines to require that you have a certificate of health. Now most of the time they don’t ask it, but you don’t want to gamble and get the only person who gets the TSA agent who demands one. Getting it is very simple,” he says.
Anxiety and motion sickness are other problems. Dr. St. Onge recommends not feeding or giving your pet water before the trip. He says there are a variety of medications, such as Cerenia, that can help control vomiting and anxiety. “Sometimes the answer is giving your pet Benadryl but consult your vet for the proper dosage. If you overdose, the worst is that you pet will sleep his butt off.”
He also recommends bringing the routine on the road. If the pet uses a jacket to reduce stress from noise such as thunder, bring it on the trip. If your pet enjoys being in its cage and finds it soothing, take it. “But, if you pet sees his cage as being in prison, then it’s a problem. But remember, it’s easier to clean up vomit in a cage than the backseat!”
Also, even though you are enjoying the local cuisine, it may not be good for Fido. Bring their regular food. “Just because you’re at the beach doesn’t mean your pet needs to eat crab legs, oysters and shrimp,” he says.
With a little preparation and a great BuckHaven hotel the entire family will have a fantastic hotel experience.