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.