Pet Care During The Holiday Season
December 1, 2022
With Christmas fast approaching, you might be planning a holiday which means making plans for your pets during this time as well.
There are many options for holiday care and the best ones will depend on your needs, the temperament of your pets, how long you are going and where.
Pet Friendly Holidays
Dogs generally travel very well and it could be a viable option to take your pup with you. You will need to check that the accommodation is pet friendly, as well as there being a safe environment such as secure fencing, access to shade and places to toilet.
If you are planning on taking your pets, you will need to ensure that you have a safe means of transporting them. You might need a travel harness or a secure cage. It’s dangerous to have unsecured animals in your car. They can distract the driver and can be injured if there is an accident, further in some states there are laws against having unsecured pets in cars that could mean risking your license.
You should also consider:
- Portable crate or an enclosure
- Travel bedding
- Water bowls
- Enough food for the trip
- Toys and treats
- Ensure microchip is up to date and a collar with your phone number
- Take a copy of your pets vaccination details and insurance policy if applicable
Boarding kennels are a popular option for holiday pet care. There are many different options for accommodation and its worthwhile touring the facilities beforehand to find the right one for you and your pets.
Confident and outgoing dogs will enjoy staying at a boarding kennel, but if your pet is introverted or anxious it might be better to look at a quieter environment, such as in home care or a smaller facility.
If you can, try to send your pet’s food with them as the sudden change of food can contribute to your pet’s anxiety about being separated from you and cause stomach upsets.
You can also consider sending items with your pet from home that might help to comfort them, but be sure to check with the staff.
Pop In Visits
Sometimes staying home is the best option for your pet. They can stay home in their own environment, and they don’t have to deal with unfamiliar animals and places. As an added bonus, you will have someone popping in to keep and eye on your house.
Cats are generally happier being looked after in their own home and aren’t usually big fans of travel or being exposed to other cats. Finding a reliable carer to come to your home will likely suit cats best.
Dogs, on the other hand may not like being left at home, however you can organise a walking service as well to get them out for some socialisation as well.
It’s important to provide very clear instructions around feeding, letting in/letting out times so that your pets keep in the closest routine as possible while you are away.
In Home Care
Another option is to arrange for a house sitter who will care for your pets as well. Your home will be taken care of as well as your pets. You can ask on social media for recommendations or speak to family and friends to source a trusted person.
- Be sure to stock up on any medication to last the holiday and for long enough after you return until you can stock up again.
- Make sure whoever is caring for your pet is aware of the medical needs as well as contact numbers for your vet as well as a trusted friend who can make decisions if you aren’t contactable.
- Make sure your pet’s vaccinations, worming and flea treatments are up to date.
- Consider a pre holiday trip to the groomers and to the vets to make sure your pet is healthy and up to date.
- Always leave clear instructions about what food and how much your pet should be fed