With the first of the May Bank Holidays out of the way, your thoughts might be turning to a week or two’s holiday in the summer months.
If you’re planning a break without your pet, sorting out alternative care will be up there on the to-do list, along with your packing.
Putting cats and dogs into kennels or a cattery is one option. One of the best recommendations will be word of mouth from friends and relatives but make sure you do your research and are happy that the establishment you’ve chosen caters for your pet’s needs.
For instance, how often are dogs walked? Can you take in their favourite toys or blanket? Official kennels and catteries must have an animal boarding establishment licence that is granted by the local council each year so ask whether they are registered and to see evidence.
Unsurprisingly, given our nation’s devotion to animals, many people don’t want to leave their pets in kennels after they’ve been used to living the good life in the comfort of their own homes.
If you’re lucky, a family member, friend or neighbour may offer to look after your animal while you’re enjoying some valuable rest and relaxation.
Even if they’re experienced pet owners, no-one knows your pets like you do so make sure you leave a checklist of their likes and dislikes, their routine or any medication needs.
Pet care in your own home
Make sure they know which vet you use and leave them a copy of any insurance documents or paperwork relating to your pet.
There are many pet sitting services that will offer to look after your pet in your own home or host them in the pet sitter’s house while you’re away. Always do your homework, establish what you are paying for and what qualifications and experience the pet sitter has.
Ensure that the pet sitter has the appropriate insurance to cover any incidents or accidents that might occur while they’re caring for your beloved pet – otherwise your relaxing holiday may not stay that way for very long!
Leaving your pet for a holiday can be a stress. Research and preparation go a long way to making it more bearable. Get it right and they might enjoy their holiday as much as you do.