Holiday Tips for Pet Owners: Finding the Best Care for Your Fur Babies

Credit: Jim Kalligas on Unsplash

supcreativegroup.com

Penny Martin of Furever Friend is our Guest Blogger today and shares an article of great tips for Pet Parents.

 

Your pets are part of the family, but that doesn’t mean they’d enjoy all the family activities that come with the holidays. Whether you need to travel to see family or you’re planning on throwing a huge holiday shindig, there may be a time during the season where your dog or cat would be better off in someone else’s care. As a pet owner, you want to find the best possible care for your precious furballs, but you also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Use the following tips to secure the best pet care while getting a great deal.

Whether you’re boarding at a kennel or using a pet sitter, you want your pets to have everything they’ll need. In addition to their food, leash, and a couple of toys, don’t forget the following:

  • A dog car seat or booster seat keeps your pup safe when in transport. You’ll need to use one to get your pets to their sitter or kennel, but you should also leave car seats with them in case their caretaker needs to take them to the veterinarian. To find the best model, look over online reviews for the best puppy booster seats.
     
  • Make sure their identification (tags and microchip), as well as their vaccinations, are completely up-to-date. Consider getting them the canine influenza vaccination to protect them during cold and flu season.
     
  • Your dog misses you when you’re separated, but a whiff of your scent can calm them down in a pinch. Leave a worn T-shirt or blanket that your pup can snuggle with should they become stressed or homesick.

Choosing a Boarding Kennel

Boarding your pets with a kennel ensures they have around-the-clock attention and care from professionals. While some pets get stressed in these facilities, many truly enjoy the extra attention and socialization they get during their stay. Pets have unique personalities, and it’s up to you to determine what is best for your fur babies.

When picking a boarding kennel, look for a facility that:

  • Looks and smells clean
  • Has plenty of ventilation and light
  • Requires all pets to be current on their vaccinations
  • Provides resting boards and bedding for dogs
  • Separates cats and dogs
  • Provides enough space for cats to move around comfortably
  • Schedules ample exercise for all pets

Finding a Pet Sitter

If you are leaving town and your pets would be more comfortable staying at home, a pet sitter may be a better option for your family. Finding the perfect pet sitter takes time, research, and a bit of intuition. While there are plenty of websites that connect pet owners to sitters and walkers, ask friends and neighbors for recommendations first. If you’re going to let somebody into your home, you want to make sure they have a history of being responsible.

When you interview possible sitters, ask them:

  • What type of pets they usually sit
  • If they have a car for emergency trips to the veterinarian
  • What services they provide
  • If they have references
  • What, if any, training they have completed

Schedule multiple meet-and-greets and see who your dog responds to best. Sometimes even the friendliest dogs don’t like certain humans. Making sure your pup loves their city ahead of time means you can rest easy knowing they are happy, comfortable, and safe.

The holidays are a busy time of the year. While your pets may love you, they likely do not want to accompany you on cross-country trips or even holiday parties. Sometimes the best thing to do is leave them in the care of professionals. Whether you prefer a boarding kennel or a pet sitter, do your research to find the best people for your pet’s needs.

Tags

1940 Douglas DC-3 2018 NYFW 24 Pet Watch Pet Insurance 2 Hounds Design 3K walk 58 Group. 5K walk Abuse (physical Adopting a Pet Adoption Adrian Grenier adult content Affordable Medical Pet Care Affordable Pet Care: Where and How to Find Financial Assistance for your Dog Against the Wall airplanes AKC AKC Pet Insurance Aladdin Nation Alcott Alibaba Alpharetta Alpharetta City Pool Alpharetta K9 Officer Alpharetta Police Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation American Foulbrood American Humane Hero Dog Awards American Pet Professionals American Rescue Corp American Wild Horse Campaign Amiah Miller Amy Poehler Andy Cohen Andy Serkis Angel Orensanz Angels Among Us Animal Book Review animal law Animal Law Source Animal Legal Defense Fund Animal Movie Review Animal Nation with Cesar Milan Animals Animals Matter Annie Awards Anthony Anderson Anthony Rubio Designs Anti-Fur Society anxiety or loss of self-control Anything Pawsable Apiary Inspector Arson Dogs ASPCA ASPCA Pet Insurance ASPCApro ASPCA Virtual 5k Walk Assault Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement Atlanta Atlanta Animal Cruelty Liaison Atlanta’s Animal Cruelty Liaison Autotrader aviation history aviation museum B2R Bach 2 Rock Baidu Baixing Banfield Pet Hospital Pet Insurance Ban on Pit Bulls Bark in the Water Park BarkPost Bark Social Media Monitoring Barnes & Noble bathing suit Beagle Bee the Best Bereavement Leave Big Daddy Biscuits Big Daddy Dog Biscuits Bird Birds Black Friday Bless the Bullies Blue Bloods BMW X5 Boarding Bobby Cannavale Body of Proof Boeing 767 Bogie Bold and the Beautiful Bomb Dogs Border Collie Boris Kodjoe Bragging about an upcoming planned attack Bravo Bread Dough Bullying Bullying or regular intimidation Bullying Prevention Bunny Burdock Bustle Cadaver Dog Canada Canine Couture Canine Couture Book by Anthony Rubio Designs Canine Journal Capital K Association Carol Skaziak Carson Kressly Cat cats Cats catster CBS Celebrity Celebrity Interview Center for Pet Safety Certified Service Dogs Cesar's Way charity Charity Cheese Chevrolet Equinox Chocolate Christmas Christmas Eve Chrysler Pacifica Clay Shooting Clear the Shelters Clear the Shelters 2018 Coconut Oil Cold Noses News Cold Noses Newsletter Common Common Sense Media community Community Footprint Consumer Report Cooking for Your Pet Corgi Cruelty Free International Cuomo Customer Advocate cutting or other self-harm cyberbullying Cyber Monday Cybil Preston Dachshund Dating a Pet Parent Daveed Diggs David Ayllon Days of Our Lives Debra Hamilton Delta Airlines Delta Flight Museum Denise Fleck depression Depression Divine Estate Divine Grill Doberman Pinscher Dock Dogs Dog Dog Competition Dog Couture Dog Daycare Dog Fashion dog food Dogington Post Dog Models Dog Park Etiquette dogs Dogs dog snacks Dogs on the Catwalk Dogster Dogster Magazine Dog Tales Dog Time Dogtoberfest East Atlanta Village dog treats Dog Walk Dog Walking Donny Wahlberg Don't Judge a Book by its Cover Dr Karen Becker Drool in the Pool Dr. Sophia Yin Drug Dogs eBay eCommerce Edie Falco Embrace Pet Insurance End of Summer Party English Mastiff Enrique Iglesias Entertainment Dog Equine Lameness for the Lyman Etobicoke Animal Shelter Etsy Evacsak evacuation plan Event excessive guilt or worthlessness Facebook Facebook and Instagram Facebook Watch Fashion For Paws Fashion Show Fat Trimmings and Bones Fatty Meats FEMA Ferdinand Fighting Figo Pet Insurance Finance Financial Benefits Fire Department Fires Fish Floods @Freedom4Horses Freedom 4 Horses French Bulldog Full Circle Kennel Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelter Furry Fierce and Fabulous GA GA Animal Law Gabriel Iglesias General Hospital Georgia Equine Rescue League German Shepherd G Girl Productions Gia Diamond Couture Gina Rodriguez Gladiators Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online Go Dog Golden Globes Golden Retriever Google GoPetFriendly.com Gov Grace Hamlin Grapes and Raisins Grief Grief Counselor Grooming Guard Dog Guide Dog Foundation Gun Violence / Violence Hamilton Law & Mediation Hanukkah harassment Healthy Food Healthy Paws Pet Insurance Healthy Pets Healthy Snack Hech-Lin Couture Help Guide Help Prevent Bullying with Ross Ellis Herding Dog Hilltoppers Pony Clubs Holiday Pet Tips Homecoming Honda Fit Honeybees Hopelessness Horeses Horse Horse Health Horse Rescue Challenge Horses Hot N Pop System How to Use Mediation for Conflicts Over Animals Huaxia Collection Humane Rescue Alliance Humane Society of the United States Human Food Hurricane ice cones Ice Cream IKEA International Animal Law Summit International Fund for Animal Welfare International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros Jeopardy Jerrod Carmichael Jet Age John Cena K9 5K Foot Chase K9 Dallas K9 for Law K9 Jasper K9 Liberty K9 Officer K9 Police K9 Unit K9 Wildflower Kate Mara Kate McKinnon Keep the Tail Wagging K&H Pet Products Kickstarter Kimba Kona Ice Alpharetta Kuaishou Kwanza Labrador Retriever Lanier Park Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf Legislation Lisa Vanderpump Lizard Loss Low cost Veterinary Care Lucy Pet Foundation Magic Bullet Fund Mall for Africa Marijuana Marisa Ramirez Maryland Department of Agriculture Mayor's Animal Alliance Medieval Times Megan Leavey Mental Merk Animal Health Microchip Microsoft Military Dog Military Dogs Milk and Dairy Products Millennials Miracles Morris Animal Refuge Most Pet Friendly Cities Mouhsine Idrissi Janati Movie Review Music Mustang Nancy Hassel Narcotics Detection Dog National Cook for Your Pet Day National Day of the Horse National Disaster preparedness Month National Disaster Preparedness Month National Pet Insurance Month National Pet Travel Safety Day National Pit Bull Awareness Day National Pit Bull Awareness Month National Police Dog Foundation National Walk Your Dog Month Nationwide Pet Insurance Natural Balance Foods NBC Nightly News NBCUniversal NBC Universal Neem Newfoundland New Kids on the Block New Year's Day New Year's Eve New York Fashion Week New York Pet Fashion Show New York Times Nick Jonas Nissan Rogue NJ NKLA No Kill Los Angeles Non-Pet Product No Pets Left Behind NYPFS2018 NY State Olive Leaf Extract Onions and Garlic on-line predators #Ontario21 Ontario 21 Ontario SPCA paint party Paint your pet Paris Hilton Paterson PAWS Atlanta Pawsome Cats PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) Peanut Butter Pet pet car seat PetCloud Petco Pet education Pet Education Pet Event Pet events Pet Events Pet Fashion Pet First Aid pet first aid kit Pet First Pet Insurance Pet Food Pet Friendly pet friendly hotels. pet emergency decal Pet Gift Pet Guide PetGuide.com pet harness Pet Health Pet Holiday Pet Holiday Gift Guide Pet Holiday Tips Pet Home Cooking Pet Hub Pet Insurance Petland Bill Pet Lifestyle Pet Life Today Pet Loss Help petMd Pet Parent Gift Pet Parent Lifestyle Pet Parents Pet Parent Tips Pet Parent Tips/Guide Pet Partners Pet Insurance PetPassport Pet Place Pet Plan Pet Insurance Pet Poison Helpline Pet Premium Pet Insurance Pet Product Pets Pet Safety Pet Safety Crusader Pets Best Pet Insurance Pet Shelter and Non-Profit Pet Shelter/NonProfit Pet Shelters Pet Shelters and Non-Profits Pet Store Ban Pet Training pet travel Peyton Manning Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society Philadelphia FOX29 Philly Paws Pinterest Pit Bull Pit Bull Rescue #PitBullsforPolice Pit Sisters Pitt Bull Police Police Department Police Dog Police Dogs Police Dog Training Police Station Pooch Swim Party Poodle PopSugar Prepare for your Pets Care - The Road Map for Short and Long Term Care For the Animals You Love Priceless Penny Propellar Age Pro Pet Hero Qyer Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day Raw Eggs Raw Fish Raw Meat Diet Reckless behavior Red Cross Red Roof Inn Rehabilitate report observed threats Reptile Reptile Awareness Day Reptiles Reptiles Magazine Rescue rescues Responsible Dog Ownership Day Ricky Gervais Roberto Negrin Robin Hagy Rottweiler Ruby Lane RV Pet Safety Sally Phillips Salt #Savethe21 Save the Horses Say Something Anonymous Reporting Search and Rescue Dog Second Chance Animal Rescue Senior Officer Amy Soeldner Service Dog shelters Shengshi Collection Show Dog Siberian Husky Sip and Paint Sir Richard Branson Skybox Event Center Sledding Dog Sleeping with Pet SleepyPod Sleepy Pod Small Business Snake Social isolation or withdrawal Social Media Sonja Morgan Sonja Morgan Clothing spay/neuter Spotting Lameness Spring/Summer Collection Start Off On the Right Paw State Animal Abuse Registry State Legislation St. Bernard Steve Zahn STOMP Out Bullying Stop Yulin Forever Subaru Substance abuse Substance Abuse Suicide threats Sunflower Talking to Pet Tammy Swarek Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills Tech companies Technology Telemundo Tencent Tennessee Animal Abuse Registry Thailand Thanksgiving The Airloom Project The Bark The Barker Lounge Alpharetta The Dodo Theft The Honest Kitchen theHORSE The National Humane Education Society The New York Times Therapy Dog Therapy Dogs The Real Housewives of New York The TLC Your Pet Yearns for During Her Last Weeks and Days on Earth The Virginia Pilot The Washington Post The Wild Horse Protection Movement The Woodlands The World's Most Amazing Dog Thoroughbred Daily News Threats Throw Away Dogs Throw Away Dogs Project Throw Away Dogs Project Ranch Tipsy Girl TLAER Tornado TRAFFIC Tropiclean Trupanion Trupanion Pet Insurance Tuna Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip vaccinations Valerian Vanderpump Dogs Vanderpump Dogs Foundation Vanderpump Pets Vanessa Noel Variety verbal) Veteran's Money Digest Veterinarian vetStREET vetSTREET VIP Pet Care Volvo XC60 WA Waco 125 Bi-Plane Wag! Waggy World Paw Park Walk & Roll for Rescue WalletHub.com Walt Disney War for the Planet of the Apes Washington Post water ice Water Rescue Dog Weapons (use of and/or discussion about) WebMD Wen Wan Tian Xia Westminster Dog Show Whole Dog Journal Wild Animals Wild Horses Wild Life Wildlife Trade Wildlife Traffickers Wills Park Winnebago Women Models Women's Wear Woody Harrelson Working Dog Working Dogs World Society for the Protection of Animals World Wildlife Fund W-under Dogs Yakima Yorkie911 Rescue Yorkie Rescue 911 Young and the Restless Zhongyikupai Zhuanzhuan