Holidays With Pets: Whether you’re planning to stay in town or travel, the holidays can be a stressful time (especially with pets!) Our pet-lovers at BrightCare Animal Emergency Room, we’ve compiled this quick guide of pet friendly restaurants, activities, hotels and boarding locations to hopefully help you have a happy and stress-free holiday season with your pets!
The Blind Pig
31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy
Their outdoor seating is dog friendly and Tuesday-Saturday 3-6PM has happy hour discounted prices on drinks and appetizers.
Board & Brew
22411 Antonio Pkwy #C-180
The patio is dog friendly. They offer craft beer on tap and are known for their soups, salads, and sandwiches!
Natraj’s Indian Bistro
22205 El Paseo
They specialize in authentic Indian cuisine, and dogs are welcome on their outdoor patio!
San Onofre State Beach Campground
830 Cristianitos Rd, San Clemente, CA
Your pets have to be kept on a leash, but they are allowed at no extra fees! They are also allowed on two hiking trails. There are toilets and outdoor showers on site, and the campground is within walking distance of the beach.
Cañada Vista Dog Park
24328 Antonio Pkwy
Two fenced in areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Drinking fountains within the park!
La Paws Dog Park
25100 Felipe Rd, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
This park is a bit further, but it’s also quite a bit bigger! It also has a special fenced-in area for dogs to play alone and doggy water fountains.
Have family come into town with pets? Don’t have enough room for them or their pets? Here are some pet-friendly hotels near Rancho Santa Margarita you can politely nudge them to make a reservation at:
460 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
Two pets are allowed up to 25 lbs for just an extra $25 per night, or two pets up to 50 lbs for $40 per night. The beach is just a block away, and rooms for pet owners are on the first floor!
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
Two pets up to 45 lbs for an extra #150 per night and pet friendly rooms include a walk-out patio! This hotel is also near the beach.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Orange County Santa Ana
2721 Hotel Ter, Santa Ana, CA
Two pets are allowed with no pet fee!
Traveling for the holidays and unable to take your furry friends along with you? Here are some of the highest-rated boarding locations that will take excellent care of your pet so that you won’t have to worry:
Wags & Wiggles Dog Daycare, Boarding & Training Facility
23171 Arroyo Vista
They have 155 Google reviews and a 4.9 star rating! They provide all amenities, such as Kuranda beds, fleece pads, orthopedic bedding, blankets, bowls, toys, chews, and bones. You can even select upgrades for your pup like “chew therapy” (a frozen kong with Pb & banana) , “break from the pack” (a 10 minute walk outside the facility), and “sleep free” (sleeping with an attendant).
Banderas Pet Hospital & Boarding
29772 Avenida De Las Banderas B
They have 84 Google reviews and a 4.9 star rating! This is a good option if your pet needs some extra attention. They offer special needs boarding for pets that have recently had surgery, have anxiety, take a lot of medication, or are seniors.
Dog Daycare At Grandma’s House
31961 Dove Canyon Dr e, Trabuco Canyon
They only have 5 Google reviews but a 4.8 star rating! This place has more of a homey feel to it, designed to look like your grandma’s house. They can sit in the main room which is like a living room and lay on the couch and watch TV, or they can use one of the two playrooms. They also offer themed bedroom options for your dog!
The holidays can be a stressful time for people, but please remember that they can be a stressful time for your pets too. Be sure to be aware of your pet’s needs for food, exercise, and attention over the holidays and be conscious of the effects of loud noise and a lot of people on your pet. Have a happy holiday in Rancho Santa Margarita with your pets!