Pets are family and one of the toughest decisions one has to make is how to leave them behind when they travel. Whether we are gone for 2 days or for months, we want our pets to be safe and comfortable at all times even in our absence. There are 3 main options for your pet when you are on vacation as mentioned below.
Find a trusted house and pet sitter
Being one of the most popular and convenient options is also the safest way to keep your pets when you are not around. When you are going away for long stretches of time, it is better to find someone who is familiar with your pet and your pet trusts them. There are a few ways to do find someone, one usually puts a call out to their close friend, neighbors, and family. If that doesn’t work, there are quite a few websites where you can find dedicated house and pet sitters around your house. A daily visit by a pet sitter to refill food and water bowls, clean cat litter boxes, and provide a little scratching behind the ears should suffice. Few pet sitters also offer the option of sitting for your pet at your home in your absence.
Professional pet sitters can be costly but are very dependable as they know how to take care of animals. Housesitting could be a very convenient option as your pet remains in the familiar setting and gets used to the pet sitter in no time. Although there are risks with unfamiliar pet sitters as you will need to give full access to your house while your away. Also, they may get attacked on arriving if you have pets like hamsters and turtles.
Pet Hotels or Kennels
A number of options for boarding your pet are available round the corner for providing accommodation for your pet while you are off on vacation. One can consult their friends, neighbors, or veterinarians to find out the best option around your house.
Boarding at the Vet
Many veterinarian hospitals and clinics also provide boarding facilities for pets. If your pet has a medical condition, experienced medical staff has the advantage of knowing how to care for your pet. Even if your pet is healthy, if it gets sick while you’re on vacation, medical staff will know what to do, and your pet doesn’t have to travel far to get veterinary care. Ask your veterinarian to find out if they offer boarding. Remember, most have limited space compared to boarding kennels, and some can’t accommodate large dogs.
Prepping your pet for the kennel or sitter
Here are some tips for readying your dog or cat for a boarding facility or a pet sitter:
Visit the veterinarian to get vaccinations, flea or tick treatments, medications, and documents to prove your pet is healthy enough to stay at a boarding facility
Put a collar on your pet that has a tag with your name and contact information.
Ensure your pet has his regular food, all medications, instructions, health documents, emergency contact information, your veterinarian’s contact information, and a few pet toys.
Provide the sitter or boarding facility with a schedule of your dog’s or cat’s feedings, medication dosages, and other activities. Offer solutions to any behavioral issues that might arise in your absence
Leave an unwashed tee shirt of yours with your dog or cat so he can be comforted by your scent while you’re away