The worst part about taking a vacation means having to leave your pets at the kennel or with friends who may not love and treat your animals the way you do. If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas then you are in luck because many of the hotels and casinos are now pet friendly. While you cannot gamble with your dog or cat at your feet, they can stay in the hotel room while you in the casino.
There are also other places where you pet is welcome along with many dogs parks throughout the Las Vegas area. Also, there is the Doggy District where you can leave your dog for a few hours if they are friendly with other dogs while you go out and do the touristy things. This is a low cost doggy daycare and offers dog’s fun and activities while they are not with you. First we will look at the places your dog is welcome then the hotels where you can stay with them.
Pet Friendly Areas in Las Vegas
While there are many pet friendly hotels in Las Vegas, many of the out of the hotel activities are mainly meant for dogs. This is because most cats prefer to stay inside in the air conditioning rather than going out in the crowds. Also, keep in mind that it does get very hot in the summer and this can be difficult for your dog when you take them outside. You should walk them early in the morning and after the sun goes down at night. This is also the perfect time for taking them to the parks to burn off their energy. The concrete at other times of the day is just too hot for their feet and they can suffer from serious burns.
- Doggy District – If you come to Las Vegas in the summer and you do not want to keep your dog in the hotel while you are out and about, you can leave them at the Doggy District. There are locations conveniently located all over the Las Vegas area. All you need to bring are your dog’s shot and spay/neuter records. They have both outdoor and indoor play areas for those days when it is too hot to be outside. Your dog can swim in the pool, play with other dogs and get their exercise. First time customers get their first day free for an evaluation period to see if your dog is friendly with the others in the daycare.
- Sunset Park – Sunset Park is the closest dog park to the strip and offers more than just a grassy area where your dog can play. You can also walk them around the nature preserve where there are ducks and a huge pond that is cooler than other places in the county. This park is also one of the few off leash parks where you can let your dog run and play without being constrained. You do need to keep an eye on your pet as there are other dogs in the park and no private runs.
- Sidewalk Cafes and Restaurants – You can certainly have your companion with you when you eat your meals at one of the many outdoor and sidewalk cafes located on the Strip and on Freemont Street. You must call ahead and make a reservation letting the establishment know that you are bringing your pet with you. This allows them to save an outside table for you rather than seating you indoors where pets are not allowed.
Pet Friendly Hotels
There are many different hotels in Las Vegas where your pets are welcome. Some allow the pets to stay in the room as long as they are kept in their crates while you are away. If you do not want to keep them crated then you will not get maid service. In this instance, you should put up the do not disturb sign on your door so the maid knows not to go in. Other hotels only allow dogs of a certain weight so call ahead and see if your dog fits their requirements. The following are the pet friendly hotels in Las Vegas:
- Planet Hollywood
- Imperial Palace
- Caesar’s Palace
- Trump International
- THEhotel at Mandalay Bay
- All Station Hotels
The majority of these hotels are located on the Strip or in the area of the Strip with the exception of the Station Hotels which are located all over the Las Vegas area. Most of these hotels have their own dog walking area where picking up after your dog is a requirement, not a request. If you are found leaving your dog’s mess, you may lose the privilege of having your dog stay with you in the future. These areas are located outside of the casino and offer a grassy place where your dog can use the bathroom and get some exercise.
There is no need to leave you furry friends at home, at the kennel or with friends when you take a Las Vegas vacation. There are many hotel/casinos that allow pets in the rooms so you can bring them with you. If you want them to get some exercise you can take them to a dog park or to a doggy daycare where they can play with other dogs. Just remember to keep them cool if your vacation is in the summer when the temperatures soar over a hundred degrees.