3 top pet tips for keeping yours safe while you’re away on holiday
It can be a hard decision to leave your pet at home and go on holiday, but if you want to spread your wings and travel to different countries and continents, it’s a decision you’ll have to make sooner or later.
By following a few simple steps you can make sure your pet is safe and well cared for in your short absence. Don’t forget, it is your responsibility to put proper arrangements in place for their welfare while you’re away.
Unless you’re able to take your pet with you on holiday, you’ll likely need to consider one of the following three pet tips to help find them some suitable care.
Friends or family
Asking a friend or family member to care for your pet while you’re away on holiday is often the preferred option. They can either be cared for at home or at the other person’s house, depending on the circumstances.
Your pet, particularly cats and dogs, can find it stressful when there is a big change to their routine so choosing someone that they are already familiar with is often best for all parties.
Even if your friend or family member knows your pet, you still need to leave some instructions on how to look after them. The sort of thing to tell them about is their dietary requirements, exercise routine and details on medication, socialising and health checks.
It’s also a good idea to change their dog-tag to have the details of their carer’s phone number and address rather than your home address.
Not everyone has family and friends that are able to or willing to look after your pet while they’re on holiday. If that’s the case, a second option is a pet-sitter.
Remember, it is important to choose someone you can rely on, as it is your legal responsibility to leave your pet in the care of a responsible person.
For extra peace of mind, take a look at the National Association of Petsitters (NARP), which has a list of members to choose from. Once you have a shortlist, you will want to meet them and check your pet gets on with them, as well as check any references and insurance policies.
It is also really important to leave detailed instructions for a pet-sitter, as unlike your family and friends, they won’t have had the experience of seeing you care for your pet and will be ‘going in blind’ so to speak.
Last, but by no means least, is putting your pet in a boarding establishment, such as a kennel or cattery. This can be quite a stressful experience for your animal so if you know they are likely to become distressed, you might be better looking for an establishment that welcomes pets into the home.
All boarding establishments are different, so look for online reviews and ask friends and family for recommendations. Never choose a boarder without visiting it either.
You will want to check the boarder’s licence from the council, what the facilities are like, whether the animals in their care look happy and healthy, as well as whether they have any insurance for your pet.
Once you’ve decided who will look after your pet in your absence all you have to do is try and resist the puppy-dog eyes as you leave!