It’s more common for pet owners to take their animals with them on their travels these days. Pets can have passports and there are an abundance of pet friendly hotels and apartments available to rent. However, just because it’s possible to take your pet on holiday that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. You have to consider the needs of your pets and consider:
- If the change in routine, travel and new environment will cause them unnecessary stress
- If there will be the correct facilities your animal needs at your holiday destination
- If your pet is healthy enough to travel
- If your animal will be allowed in the country you’re heading to and whether they will be required to spend time in quarantine
- If your pet will need to have additional vaccinations
- What diseases and infections your pet is likely to encounter while abroad
In most cases the pets are better off staying at home and being looked after by a friend or family member. Alternatively there are boarding establishments or pet sitting services that might be more suitable depending on your situation.
If you choose to have a friend look after your animals you will still need to ensure they are provided for and in safe hands. Begin with leaving clear instructions for the pet sitters and go through each of the points so you can be sure they understand the responsibilities. Additionally, you’ll need to:
- Provide enough pet food for the duration of your holiday
- Discuss any health or behavioural problems with your sitter
- If your animals require medication you should tell them when it is required and any symptoms or side effects to look out for
- How often your pet needs exercising and how to keep your pets safe
Remember that pets can become bored very easily and bored animals get stressed and often cause mischief. Suitable toys and safe areas of play help to relieve stress but once again you’ll need to show your sitters how to use the toys and teach them the types of toy that are not suitable to be played with while the pets are unattended.
Before you leave it’s a good idea to make sure all the flea and worming treatments are up to date along with any other vaccinations. Micro chipping your pets is another good idea so your pet can be reunited with you should they get lost. If you’re in the Wellington area of Shropshire we are offering micro-chipping for cats and dogs for just £10 on June 21, 2014 as a one day only special event. It’s a good money saving opportunity not to be missed. Finally, always leave a contact number for yourself and for your vets in case of an emergency.