Are you planning a vacation but unsure about what to do with your beloved pet? While pet-friendly hotels exist, travelling can be stressful for pets. Adjusting to new environments and schedules can be challenging for them. Additionally, certain places like museums, theatres, or conference halls may not allow pets. It’s also not ideal to leave your pets alone for days without playtime or interaction. The good news is that there are options available to ensure your furry friend is happy and well cared for while you’re away. Let’s explore some of the best pet care options for you.
Pet Boarding Services: A Home Away from Home
If taking your pet on vacation is not an option, pet boarding services are a fantastic choice. These services offer overnight stays for your furry friend. However, before selecting a boarding facility, there are a few things you should consider. Ensure that the facility asks for your pet’s vaccination and parasite prevention history, as well as any health concerns. It’s also important to verify whether the facility houses dogs and cats separately, as the barking of dogs can stress out your feline companion. Look for facilities that prioritize humane and science-based handling and interaction methods, such as using food treats and play to make pets feel comfortable. To make an informed decision, you can refer to the BC SPCA AnimalKind website for a comprehensive list of questions to ask when choosing a pet service business.
Here are some important questions to ask boarding services:
- Do they have an emergency plan for animal injuries?
- Is the facility clean, sanitized, and comfortable for your pet?
- How often are welfare checks conducted?
- What is the daily feeding and care schedule?
- How do they handle animals showing signs of stress?
- How are animals monitored overnight?
For more questions specific to cat or dog boarding, visit the BC SPCA AnimalKind site.
Hiring a Pet Sitter: Keeping Your Pet’s Routine Intact
Another great option is to hire a pet sitter who can either stay at your home or visit multiple times a day. This ensures that your pet remains in a familiar environment and follows their regular routine. A pet sitter can also take care of additional tasks such as collecting mail, watering plants, or turning on lights to give the impression that someone is home. Some pet sitters may even take care of your pet in their own home, allowing them to socialize and play with other animals. However, it’s important to consider whether this arrangement suits your pet’s personality. Before selecting a pet sitter, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research, interview them, and ask about their methods of handling and interacting with pets. Look for pet sitters who use humane, science-based techniques such as food, treats, and play. Additionally, ensure that they are familiar with dog or cat body language. You can also ask for referrals from existing customers or recommendations from your vet or an AnimalKind dog trainer.
Trusted Friends or Family: Love and Care from Those You Trust
If your pet has a trusted friend or family member who they adore, this can be an ideal solution. Pets often feel more comfortable with someone they know well, rather than a stranger. However, it’s essential to provide detailed instructions for the pet sitter, including your contact information and the number of your vet. If your pet has any medical or behavioral issues, make sure the pet sitter understands their specific needs and is comfortable managing them. Remember, nobody knows your pet better than you do, so it’s important to communicate their care needs clearly.
Travelling without your pet doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. By exploring the best pet care options available, such as pet boarding services, hiring a pet sitter, or relying on trusted friends or family members, you can ensure that your furry friend receives the love and care they deserve while you’re away. Visit the BC SPCA AnimalKind website for more information and resources to help you make the best choice. Happy travels!
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