Pet Care Hints & Tips
Moving home or going on holiday?
Making sure that the big move is not made into a big deal for your pet.
Safely explore the new surroundings together.
Although it is not always ideal to go on holidays or travel when you have a pet, on occasions the need does arrive. There are a number of options when the need to travel does occur:
- Take your pet with you
- Leave the pet at a kennels or cattery
- Get a house sitter
You decide to take your pet with you
If you decide to take your pet with you on holiday or even for a day trip, make sure that you have fully prepared for the journey ahead.
- Before travelling make sure that you have suitable transport compartments for your pets, whether this be a safety cage, secure harness or by putting up a dog guard behind the seats.
- Make sure that you stop at regular intervals to allow your pet to go to the toilet and have a drink or snack (if necessary), always make sure that the pet is kept on a lead as you will be in an unfamiliar environment.
- Does your dog or cat travel well - you may wish to consult your vet if you are travelling a long distance and you know that your pet doesn't travel very well.
- Try to feed your pet at least an hour or two before you plan to travel or when you arrive at your destination; this should reduce sickness and the need to go to the toilet.
- Never leave your dog or cat in the car for a prolonged period of time, especially when it is warm outside.
- Make sure that your dog or cat is wearing a collar with your address on.
Cattery or Kennels
There may be times when it is more practical or less traumatic if you leave your pet in a cattery or kennels. A holiday abroad, moving home or a business trip may mean that you cannot take your pet with you or do not want to cause undue stress to the pet.
Before boarding your pet:
Consider how long it is necessary to board your pet for and make sure that you have a look round at all of the boarding kennels and catteries available before putting the animal in boarding. Make sure you are happy with the facilities and think about whether your pet would be happy in that environment. There are a number of different types of boarding available, including indoor and outdoor and varying conditions each suitable for different breeds. You will be more drawn to a boarding kennel or cattery depending on their offering.
When visiting the kennels or cattery make sure you find out:
Costs - Are these on a daily basis or weekly, do they charge a premium for weekends, bank holidays, Christmas or New Year?
Is a discount offered if you board multiple pets together?
Are the sleeping areas indoors and heated?
Is food included in the cost or do you have to provide this separately?
Are any toys provided or are you able to bring toys to keep your pet active?
Do dogs get the chance for outdoor play and exercise?
It is worthwhile taking a blanket or cushion from home to put in the kennel or cattery with your pet. They will be able to smell the scents of home and will feel more comfortable with this familiar object.
Having a house sitter is a great alternative if you can put the arrangements in place. With house sitting you could get someone to stay at your home or just pop in twice a day to feed and play with your pets.
This means that you can leave the pets within an environment where they feel comfortable and safe, causing minimal disruption to routine.