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How to choose the right pet care while you’re away

Planning a holiday can be a very enjoyable and exciting time, but amidst all the excitement, let’s not overlook a crucial aspect of our plans – ensuring our beloved pets will be happy and well cared for, even if they can’t tag along on our escapades!

Finding the right holiday care for your pets is crucial to provide them with a safe and comfortable environment in your absence. In this blog post, we will explore how to choose the right pet care while you’re away, ensuring you can relax and enjoy your vacation worry-free.

If you’re thinking of taking your pet with you, why not check out our blog, ‘Planning a summer holiday with your pet’ for our top tips and advice!

Start early

It can take a long time to find the perfect fit for your animal companion, particularly if it’s your first time leaving them in your current area. Popular pet care facilities and reputable pet sitters tend to get booked up quickly, especially during peak travel seasons, so it’s always sensible to get looking as soon as you know you’re going away. By starting early, you increase your chances of getting your preferred option, and can avoid a lot of last-minute stress!

Consider your pet’s individual needs

When thinking of leaving your furry friend with someone else, the first step is thinking about what their specific needs and preferences are on a day-to-day basis. Are they social animals who thrive in the company of others, or do they prefer a more solitary environment? Does your pet require any special medical attention, such as medication administration or regular exercise routines? Consider your animal’s age, gender, history and current daily routine to figure out what would be best. Understanding your pet’s unique requirements will help you narrow down the most suitable care options. If you are concerned about separation anxiety in your pet, check out our advice on Instagram.

Different options

The best and easiest option for many pet owners is to leave their pets in the care of family members or friends, who your pet already knows and who you can trust. However, this is often just not possible, especially for extended periods, so what other options are there?

Pet sitters

Pet sitters are individuals who come to your home to care for your pets while you’re away. They may visit your home once or multiple times a day to feed, exercise, and provide companionship to your pets. Pet sitters offer the advantage of allowing your pets to stay in their familiar environment, which can reduce stress. They can also do additional helpful tasks, like bringing in the mail or watering plants. Pet sitters can be a good option for pets who prefer staying at home and maintaining their regular routines, but they may not be suitable for pets requiring constant supervision or more regular attention. If your pet requires more attention, why not think about the possibility of getting a house-sitter, to live in your home and take care of your pets throughout your whole holiday?

Boarding kennels/catteries

Kennels and catteries are facilities specifically designed to accommodate pets during their owners’ absence. They provide a structured environment with individual enclosures or shared spaces for pets. Boarding facilities usually offer food, exercise, and medical care as needed. They are staffed with trained professionals who ensure the well-being and safety of the animals. Boarding kennels/catteries are good for social pets who enjoy interacting with other animals and don’t mind being in a new environment.

Home away from home

Some facilities offer a “home away from home” experience for pets. These establishments provide a more personalized and comfortable environment, similar to a cozy home setting. Pets may stay in a small group or by themselves, and they receive individual attention, exercise, and playtime. This option is ideal for pets who thrive on human interaction and prefer a homely atmosphere rather than a traditional kennel environment. However, this option is usually more expensive compared to traditional boarding options.

The best is to consider the different options with respect to your pet’s individual needs, then determine what options fall into that category in your area, and work from there.

Seek recommendations and meet the caregivers

Ask friends, family, and your veterinarian for recommendations on reputable pet sitters or boarding facilities. Personal experiences and word-of-mouth referrals can provide valuable insights into the quality of care provided. Additionally, read online reviews and check professional affiliations or certifications of the recommended caregivers to ensure they meet the necessary standards.

If possible, it is always best for your pet to meet in person with their caregiver before you go away, whether it be in your home or elsewhere. Observe how they interact, and your pet’s response to them. Make sure to discuss your animal companion’s needs and routine with the caregiver, to be sure everything is understood ahead of time.

Leave detailed instructions

Regardless of the type of care you choose, it’s crucial to provide comprehensive instructions to the caregiver. Include your pet’s feeding schedule, dietary restrictions, exercise routine, and any necessary medical information. Leave emergency contact numbers, your veterinarian’s information, and clear instructions on how to handle potential emergencies. Communication is key, and a well-prepared caregiver will have all the necessary information to keep your pet safe and healthy.

If possible, it is always best for your pet to meet in person with their caregiver before you go away, whether it be in your home or elsewhere. Observe how they interact, and your pet’s response to them. Make sure to discuss your animal companion’s needs and routine with the caregiver, to be sure everything is understood ahead of time.

Final thoughts

Knowing how to choose the right pet care while you’re away is a crucial step in ensuring their well-being and happiness. By starting your search early, considering your pet’s needs, seeking recommendations, and carefully evaluating different care options, you can make an informed decision that gives you peace of mind during your vacation. Remember, clear communication with the caregiver and providing detailed instructions are essential for the best care experience for your furry friends. With the right care in place, you can comfortably enjoy your holiday knowing that your pets are in safe and loving hands.

 

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