When planning a trip or vacation, pet owners have an extra concern and very important decision to make – do you bring your pet along, or leave them behind? It’s always tempting to bring your precious pet along with you, but take into consideration that some animals don’t travel well. Also, you should always consult a veterinarian before traveling with a pet. So what are your options if you choose to go without them? It all depends on the animal. Here are some options you have to help you make the tough choice:
First off, certain animals are much easier to leave alone then others. Cage-bound critters, for example can be easily cared by a friend for or relocated. This includes rodents, reptiles, fish, and even birds. Cats aren’t much different. When possible, find a respected pet sitter to stop by during the day or board your cat in a professional kennel. Dog owners certainly have the biggest choice to make. Some options for care when you leave man’s best friend behind are:
Kennels are a very popular option, and a quite reliable one. Most kennels offer play times with staff and other dogs, and many will accommodate special diets. Ask around for a good kennel and check it out. Is the staff welcoming? Do the runs look clean and the resident dogs well cared for? Book your spot! There are also board-and-train kennels that may be worth looking into if your pup could use some training while you’re away.
Leaving your dog at a friends or a professional home boarder is a great alternative to the traditional kennel. Some individuals offer boarding in their home for a small number of dogs, and often group the dogs to allow off-leash socialization throughout the day. This can be a nice option for high energy, friendly pups who welcome new experiences and the camaraderie of other dogs.
There are two options when choosing a pet sitter, those who stay in your home, and others who drop by throughout the day. While other pets can cope with one or two daily visits, dogs need a limit of 3-6 visits a day depending on their age and disposition. Ask around for referrals or seek certified sitters online.
It can be a tough choice, but most times traveling without a pet is the best way to make travel easier for yourself. Another way you can help Make Travel Easier is by using Bags VIP, a luggage delivery service that retrieves your luggage at baggage claim and delivers it to the location of your choice.