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Pet-Friendly Guide to San Diego

Where to go with your pet in town

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San Diego is undeniably a great vacation spot for families to come and relax during the hot summer.  But what do you do with your pets? Thankfully, there are also a lot of great places where you can bring your four-legged friends along with the rest of the family.

The first thing that comes to mind when booking a vacation is where you are going to stay.  There are a number of Pet-Friendly Hotels in the San Diego area.  All of these hotels focus on catering to the needs of the animals as well as any accommodations to make it easier on the family who’s bringing the pup along. Some of these hotels offer pet sitting and walking, if your plans for the day take you out of a pet-friendly environment.  Others allow you to keep your pet in your room without a fee, and some charge per night.  It all depends on what you are looking for.

These hotels can range from showering your dog with gifts and food to spa days to keep them occupied while you are relaxing in sunny San Diego.

Although all of these offers may sound very appealing for you and your pooch, there are also many accommodations that allow them to come along with you.  If you are looking to go to the beach, whether it’s to take a walk or a run on the sand, there are also pet-friendly beaches that give you and your dog the opportunity to mix and mingle with the other pets. Or if your objective is to soak up the sun and swim in the ocean, your dog can join you in the water as well. These listed Dog Beaches and Parks will give you an idea of all the hot doggie spots and what would be good for you and your dog.

Be careful when taking your pets out to any park or beach.  All of the San Diego locals go to these hot spots as well, and they do not want to see your dog poop everywhere! You will fit right in to San Diego by following the Dog Park Etiquette and making sure to clean up after your pet.  It is important to treat every park or beach like your own home, that way more locations will be likely to open up pet-friendly places.

As much as San Diegans love tourists, they have seen enough dog poop in their days.

At the end of the day, when you are tired and worn out from dragging your dog around with you, the only thing you are going to want to do is eat. The same goes for your canine friend, he’s had a long day too.

Dining with Doggies can be a difficult task whether you are looking for a fancy feast or a casual chow-down.  A lot of San Diego restaurants have canine-friendly patios, doggie bowls and other amenities. It get’s better; there are also a number of restaurants that are allowing dogs to come inside and eat right alongside their owner.  You may find some “canine cuisines” and “yappy hours” available at local restaurants to satisfy your furry friend.  Some of these restaurants are located right on the water, giving you and your dog a great view and a walk on the beach to look forward to after dinner.

Some other things that may be good to know about when visiting San Diego are the rules and regulations that police officers enforce on a daily basis. There are strict laws on biting, barking, taking your dog of the leash and more rules that you and your dog must follow in order to avoid a misdemeanor or even jail time. Although there are a lot of perks available for dogs and owners, there are some rules that everyone has to follow.

In case of emergency, there are also local 24-hour pet hospitals that are available any day of the week at any time.  The veterinarians here care about your pets, and if they are not available, any pet hospital will be.

Here is a listing of emergency pet hospitals in the greater San Diego area:

Carlsbad Hospital
2310 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 291-8510

Bonita Pet Hospital
3438 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902
Phone: (619) 427-2233

Animal ER of San Diego
5610 Kearney Mesa Rd
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (858) 569-0600

Emergency Animal Hospital & Pet Referral Center
2317 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 299-2400

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