Roaming Tails: A Guide to Responsible Pet Care When You’re on the Move by Sue London
Your Journey to a Fulfilling Life
Caring for a new pet when you travel requires careful […]
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Caring for a new pet when you travel requires careful planning and consideration to ensure their well-being while you’re away. Here are some tips for caring for your pet when you’re on the move:
Pet Sitter or Boarding Kennel:
– Consider hiring a reliable pet sitter or taking your pet to a reputable boarding kennel. Ensure that the caregiver is experienced, trustworthy, and comfortable with the specific needs of your pet.
– If possible, keep your pet in a familiar environment. This reduces stress and anxiety. Having a pet sitter come to your home or using in-home pet care services can help maintain the routine.
Provide Detailed Instructions:
– Leave detailed instructions for the caregiver, including feeding schedules, medication (if applicable), exercise routines, and any other specific care requirements. Provide emergency contact information for both you and your veterinarian.
– Prepare an emergency plan in case unexpected situations arise. Make sure the caregiver knows where the nearest veterinary clinic is and how to reach you in case of an emergency.
Update Vaccinations and ID:
– Ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date, and they have proper identification, such as a collar with tags or a microchip. This is important in case your pet gets lost or needs medical attention.
– If possible, arrange a trial period with the caregiver before your actual trip. This allows your pet to get familiar with the new environment and the person taking care of them.
– Provide your pet with familiar items, such as their favorite toys, bed, or blanket. This can provide comfort and a sense of security.
– Try to maintain your pet’s daily routines as much as possible. This includes feeding times, walks, playtime, and any other activities that are part of their daily life.
– Stay in touch with the caregiver while you’re away. Regular updates and communication can help ease any concerns you may have and ensure that your pet is doing well.
– If you plan to travel with your pet, choose pet-friendly accommodations. Check in advance to ensure that the places you’ll be staying allow pets and have suitable facilities.
– Prepare a travel bag with your pet’s essentials, including food, medications, grooming supplies, and any other items they may need.
Remember, the key is to plan ahead and choose a care option that aligns with your pet’s needs and personality. Whether it’s a professional pet sitter, a boarding facility, or a trusted friend or family member, providing the right care during your absence will contribute to your pet’s well-being and your peace of mind.