Summer vacation is here! Time for festivals, BBQs, and - of course - family trips.
As a pet owner, booking your airline tickets and hotel room are only part of the preparation. Who will care for your pets while you're gone?
There are a few options:
Ask a trusted friend or family member to care for your pets.
Staying at home is the least stressful situation for most pets. The familiar sights and scents will give your pet comfort in your absence, and it is relatively easy to avoid disrupting regular routines.
Even if having someone stay overnight while you're gone isn't possible, having a trusted person visit throughout the day for meals, potty breaks, and play time will often suffice - especially for shorter weekend trips.
If your pet is familiar with your friend/relative's home, he may be comfortable staying there. Make sure that he gets along with other pets in the sitter's household to avoid fights and undue stress.
Tip: Many clients will call us before a trip to let us know who will be caring for their pets. We appreciate this and take note, but still strongly recommend that you leave a letter of authorization with your pet's caretaker in case of emergency.
Hire a Pet Sitter
You want your pet to stay at home while you're gone, but perhaps you don't have family nearby and your friends are unable to help. Or maybe your pet has special medical needs that would be best left to someone with training and experience.
Do your research when choosing a pet sitter. Ask for recommendations, read reviews, and make sure your sitter is reliable and responsible. There's not much worse than getting a phone call from your coworker's cousin's daughter that she "just can't handle the poop" and that you'll have to find someone else.
Boarding Kennel or Pet Resort
Boarding kennels were created for this very purpose: to provide a safe, secure environment for pets while their owners are away. That being said, not all kennels are created equal.
Take your pet on vacation with you!
This might not always be practical, but it's a fun option for dogs that are used to being part of the action. Look for pet-friendly hotels and resorts near your destination, and make memories together!
If you plan on flying, review your airline's policies and fees in advance. Know where in the airplane your pet will be traveling, and if a health certificate from your veterinarian is required before the flight.Petly.com account.]
Have an updated photo of your pet in case you get separated, and be sure that his collar ID tags include your cell phone number. Also, if you haven't yet, now is a good time to have your pet microchipped. Collars and tags offer quick ID, but they can fall off or be removed. A microchip is a permanent, positive identification for your pet.
Remember that we're always here to help you, so if you have questions or concerns about your pet travel plans, call us!