If you share your life with pets, you might find it difficult to just get up and go for a holiday. You need to plan your pets’ arrangements too. Just as many people book holiday flights and accommodation many months in advance, it makes sense to do the same with pet care. Pet related services are busy end of the year so it’s best to sort out your plans as early as possible to give yourself the widest range of options and the best value.
The number of options available has increased significantly with the advent of the internet but the bottom line remains the same: you have to find holiday arrangements for your pets which keep them safe, secure, stress-free and comfortable.
Many pet parents are shying away from traditional boarding kennels and catteries which are almost always fully booked up, not to mention a smaller, restricted, isolated space that’s typical of many kennels. The next best option is to arrange for a relative or neighbor who can visit your pets or sending to them while you travel away. This can work well, only if there are independent-minded cats in their own home, or for sociable dogs who are easy for people to look after in their own homes. However keeping in mind that this is a big “ask”, carrying responsibility and a burden of care. Also since they aren’t animal professionals, they may be less likely to recognize a potential problem. Pets can develop diarrhea, stop eating or even try to run away when their living situation changes suddenly. Pet sitters, kennel staff and veterinary professionals have dealt with these situations before, your relatives may not have.
Rather than leaving your pets alone at home, boarding them in pet hotel kennels or to trouble your relatives, you may be able to find someone trustworthy to care for your pets in a home setting while you are away. Many websites now connect pet owners with pet-loving members of the public who are happy to mind pets in their own home, or will do drop in visits at yours to take care of your pets.
Top 5 reasons why you should treat your pets to a cage free holiday
Happiest at Home:
Dogs and cats generally feel safer, less anxious, and more secure in a comfortable and familiar environment as opposed to being transferred to a kennel.
A dog who has separation issues or is reactive to other dogs will certainly be better off with a pet sitter than in a kennel. A cat who is sensitive about changes in its environment can get frustrated and frightened by a new milieu. Most cats need frequent supervision, not only to ensure they get enough food and drink, but also to check whether they are alright. This is when a pet sitter can come in to pet and spend some time providing social contact, even if most cats like being on their own.
Health & Safety:
Pets at kennels are prone to contracting and being exposed to infections and viruses such as Kennel cough, distemper, and other intestinal parasites. While some kennels can be professional operations, many others are not and can go a long way towards worsening any fear or anxiousness or separation issues a pet may already have.
A busy kennel can be loud and high energy. This can over stimulate your pet and contribute to heightened stress levels. Some pets are fed or given different food which can lead to gastrointestinal upsets such as vomiting or diarrhea. This seems to be worse with the addition of “stress”.
One on one attention:
When a pet sitter brings your pet into his/her home you can expect lots of one on one attention. Pets can get extra play time and individual attention with a pet sitter without the extra charge that is often billed at kennels. In pet hotels, not every dog or cat gets the attention they require. Some are left alone for extended periods of time in highly stressful environments.
Your pet sitter will care for your pet just as you instruct but, just as important, he or she will spoil it with plenty of love, affection, and attention to keep your pet happy and healthy until you return home.
Keeping in touch:
It’s important that you know what’s happening with your pet while you’re away. To keep you in the know, pet sitters will call you, send text messages and leave behind an update that detail how your loved ones are doing.
Regular Routine :
Most pet boarding kennels require all pets to follow their schedule and to have required shots before being boarded. The kennel will perform feedings, bathroom breaks, and walks according to their schedule, not yours. Your pet’s routine will likely not be the same as at home and it may require time to adjust to the kennel and returning home again, which could result in stress or even illness. With home-based qualified pet sitters, you can keep ensure your pet’s routine is kept.
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The article has been authored by JomPaw. They provide pet boarding, pet sitting, dog training, dog walking, and pet taxi services.