Pets and vacations can be a tricky combination. It is often difficult to take your pet with you, especially if you dog is afraid of the car or you cat howls loudly for the entire trip. To make life a little easier for yourself and you pet, you can consider asking a friend to help, hiring a pet sitter or boarding your pet at a professional kennel when you go on vacation.
Ask a Friend
The easiest solution to the pets and vacations problem may be asking a friend to check on your pet a couple times a day. Your friend likely knows your pet already and can provide necessary comfort and attention for the animal while you are away. Your friend can also make sure your pet has plenty of food and water, clean a cat’s litter box and take a dog out for a walk. Since this means asking for quite a bit of your friend’s time, you should consider paying him or her or at the very least offering a nice gift certificate or a special treat.
Hire a Pet Sitter
Alternately, you might hire a pet sitter. Using a trustworthy website designed to match pet sitters and clients, do a search according to your needs and location. Be sure to know exactly what services a pet sitter will provide and what fees he or she will charge before you hire anyone. Also check to see if the sitter is bonded, has insurance and can provide good references.
Board at A Kennel
Finally, you could take advantage of professional pets care services and board your pet at a professional kennel when you go on vacation. You should, however, visit the kennel ahead of time, ask plenty of questions about services and prices and make sure the place is a good fit for your pet.
Leaving your pet behind when you go on vacation is not easy, but your can increase your peace of mind by making sure that your furry friend receives the best of care.