What to do with your pets when you go on vacation

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Consider hiring a pet sitter when you vacation – a sitter can walk, feed, and play with your pet from the convenience of your home.

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:

Making travel easier starts before you leave. Make sure you have arrangements for your pets and have signed up for Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

Kennels today have many posh amenities including private apartments and puppy play time. Image courtesy Flickr user Ted Drake.

Kennels
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.

Home Boarding
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.

Making travel easier starts before you leave. Make sure you have arrangements for your pets and have signed up for Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

Hire a home boarder or ask a friend to watch your furry friends in their home.

Pet Sitters
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.

2 thoughts on “What to do with your pets when you go on vacation

  1. Elena

    Or you can bring your pet with you! Bringing a dog can be a blast – they help you discover new places and help keep you on a schedule. And then you have them by your side instead of missing them a ton.
    Bringing a small dog is getting much easier – there are lots of pet-friendly destinations. Airports are also catering to people that travel with dogs – some even have indoor pet relief areas so you don’t have to exit through security during a layover.

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  2. Kyle Wayne

    I had never considered the point that you made about boarding. My high energy pet could benefit from time spent with other dogs and I will have to research this option further. Thanks for this helpful information of how to care for my dog while I am away!

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