What to Do with Your Pets While You're on Vacation

When it comes to traveling, taking your pets along isn't always an option.  So, what are the options for your pets while you're on vacation? Today we'll suggest several options.
What to Do with Your Pets While You're on Vacation

Last update: 06 September, 2019

Taking a few days to rest and take a break from your routine, enjoy nature and visit a new destination is a great idea. However, if you have a dog or cat in your home, going away can quickly become a dilemma. Of course, there are several solutions for what to do with your pets while you’re on vacation.

When making your decision, it’s best to weigh the pros and cons. Make your pet’s health and happiness your top priorities. Kennels, family members, and pet sitters are all options – or maybe you just want to take your pet along with you. Whatever option best fits your situation is surely the right answer.

What to do with your pets while you’re on vacation

Take your pet along with you

The first option to consider is taking them along! Unfortunately, this isn’t always as simple as it sounds.

First of all, long car rides can be very stressful on some dogs and cats. Plane rides are especially hard on pets, as they’ll likely have to adapt to a very uncomfortable and unfamiliar environment: The cargo hold.

At the same time, traveling with dogs isn’t the same as traveling with other pets. Also, traveling with large dogs is much more difficult than transporting little ones. In some cases, small dogs can travel in the backseat of your car or in their carrier if you’re traveling by train. Some airlines even allow small pets to travel in the main cabin with the passengers.

What to Do with Your Pets While You're on Vacation

In any case, sharing your vacation experience with your pets is possible. There are many beaches and vacation destinations that are pet friendlyOf course, certain precautions are necessary when traveling with pets. While in the car, be sure to strap pets in well, according to state regulations. Pets aren’t allowed to disrupt your driving in any way.

Leave your dog in a pet hotel

If you know someone is taking good care of your pet while you’re away, then you’ll have a much easier time leaving him or her behind. There are many kennels and “pet hotels” to choose from to offer pets a vacation of their own. 

Check for references and make a visit before choosing. Ask questions regarding feedings, water, exercise, sanitation, grooming, contact with people and other animals, and check in/out as well.

Also, be sure to ask what you need to pack. You’ll likely need to provide proof of vaccinations, and perhaps your pet’s usual food in order to prevent abrupt changes in diet.

Other items to consider are favorite toys, bedding, medication, and something with your scent on it. Also, be sure to leave emergency contact information

How about a pet sitter?

On the internet you can find many online businesses that offer pet sitters to care for pets in their own homes. There are also pet sitters who can go to your home. Dog sitters and cat sitters are one of the latest trends. There are many options to choose from. For example, you can mention if your pet gets along with other cats, dogs, or children.

These virtual pet-sitter platforms allow you to see the profiles of sitters who are available. That way, if you see someone you like, you can arrange for an interview either in person or online.

Ask a friend or family member for a favor

If you’re reading this, then you probably don’t have friends or family members available to cover for pet care needs while you’re away. Just the same, it’s always a good option to keep in mind.

A friend, a neighbor… there may be someone who’s willing to do you a favor. Or perhaps you know of a responsible teen who’s looking to earn some extra cash. Be sure to bring back a souvenir for whoever does the job.

What to Do with Your Pets While You're on Vacation

Details to keep in mind

If you’re deciding what to do with your pets over vacation, be sure to take your pet to the vet before you go. Whether your pet goes on vacation with you or stays behind, you want to rule out parasites, fleas and other issues. If your furry friend takes any medication, you’ll need to make sure it won’t run out.

Now that you’ve discovered the options, take some time to consider what works best for your pets. That way, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy, knowing that your pet is being well taken care of.

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