Tips for Safely Leaving Your Pets at Home while You’re on Vacation
You’re looking forward to change of scene, a change of pace. Whether you’re doing day trips to the sights and attractions near home or traveling abroad, it’s important to know that your pets are safe and healthy while you’re out having fun.
Here are some tips to guarantee that your pets enjoy vacation time as much as you do.
Help your pet acclimate to the change in schedule. If your pet is accustomed to being home alone all day, this won’t require much adjustment. But if your pet is used to being with you all day, be sure to gradually, over a period of at least 2 weeks, leave your pet home alone for longer and longer time frames. If you’re usually home every evening and your pet will be home alone while you’re gone, go out for a few hours several evenings in a row before your trip. Your pet won’t stress out if she’s used to being alone.
- Introduce your pet or house sitter before the stress of the trip begins. When you’re excited about your trip, your pet feels your anticipation, so be sure to have your sitter come for a low stress visit – perhaps for a meal, a walk or other low stress occasion.
- Have a back-up sitter in case of emergency. A professional sitter should have back-up in place. If you’re relying on a trusted friend, neighbor or family member, be sure they know who can care for your pet if something happens in their life.
- Write it down. You may feel that feeding your pet is simple, but others aren’t as comfortable in your routine, so write down what, when, how much is your pet is fed. This is especially important if your pet is on any medication. Include treats in your feeding plan. If you have a walk or exercise schedule, be sure to include that in your care plan.
- Prepare portions. Correct food portions are crucial, especially when your pet is on a special diet or requires medication. Self-closing baggies are easily labeled so there will be no misunderstanding, and your pet will get the proper amount of food every day that you’re gone.
- Post your veterinarian’s name, number and location in a prominent place. Ask your vet if they would like to be notified of your absence in case the pet sitter has to bring your pet in, so they’ll know you’ll be responsible for payment.
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Planning and preparation will make your vacation a restful and rejuvenating experience for you. Your pet will be overjoyed at your reunion and will benefit from a relaxed owner. Have a great trip!