Taking a holiday can be so exciting, and just what the doctor ordered. But, it can also be a time of worry because we then have to make arrangements for our pets. Some people (and I was one of them) would rather not take a holiday because the worry of leaving our pets is overwhelming and not worth the stress it causes. Our lovable furry family members look at you with those sad eyes, missing you already (or so you think) and you just can’t do it! But, you need to be serious here – your happiness and mental health absolutely require that you take a break every now and then.
So, the answer is to resolve your pet issue to your ultimate satisfaction so that you and your loved ones can take your holiday without any remorse, knowing your pets are loved and well taken care of. You have a few choices when it comes to your pets, and your holiday.
Option 1 – Housesitting
Your first option is to find someone to housesit: meaning that they live in your home and take care of your property and your pets. There are pros and cons for this option, but if you are fortunate enough to have a family member or close friend who would come to live in your home while you are away, then this may be the best option for you.
Against this is the fact that they may not be available to you next time and you are then looking for someone else, or a different option. Your pets really do need to be cared for by the same people (or kennel) each time so that they become used to the people and their surroundings. Then you can take holidays or breaks whenever you want, knowing that your pets will be taken care of – and you don’t have to dread leaving them.
Option 2 – Boarding Kennels
Your second option (and arguably the best) is to find a professional boarding kennel that you are happy with. To do this, ideally you would know of someone who has used or preferably continues to use a particular kennel, and who can give you a positive reference. If you don’t have a personal reference then go online and look at all the kennels in your area.
Once you have found some that look suitable, you then need to go and have a look. You should personally meet the people running the kennel, check out where your pet will be housed, his running/playing area, and discuss charges, rules and regulations. A good kennel will require that all boarders have up-to-date immunizations, and this is very important for the continued good health of your pet.
Food, Toys and Blankets
Food should also be discussed. Some kennels provide food while others ask you to supply food, so you need to know whether to bring a supply of food or whether you are happy with the food provided by the kennel. Toys and blankets can be taken to some kennels. It is important that your pet be allowed to take his favourite ball or toy, and also his blanket. Some pet lovers leave their own shirt/jumper or other item of clothing with their pet, as your personal odor on the item of clothing is very calming and reassuring to your pet while you’re apart.
Other Things to Consider When Choosing a Boarding Kennel
Other points to consider when choosing a kennel for your dog is the cleanliness of the premises: are the kennel owners genuinely fond of dogs (you can tell straight away), are they let out for walks/play time, and are they washed. If you still need reassurance, you should ask for references so that you can contact current users of the facility to ensure that they are happy with the services offered.
Finally, make sure when leaving your pets that you have provided the kennel with your personal contact details, as well as those of your preferred vet. Many kennels will have you sign a form authorizing them to take your pet for any urgent medical care that may be required, in the event that you can’t be contacted. If your kennel doesn’t discuss this with you, it is a good idea to bring up the topic and reiterate that you are happy to reimburse them for any medical care that is required while you are away.
A Good Kennel Will Be a Weight off Your Mind
Once you have used a kennel a few times and you are completely happy with their accommodation, you will have no hesitation at all in taking precious holidays for yourself. There will always be that initial worry (and guilt) when you take your pet to the kennel, however with the knowledge that they are well taken care of, you should now be able to enjoy your well-earned holiday.
Option 3 – Not Quite House Sitting
Your final option is to find a reliable person (friend, family or advertised) to visit your home once or twice a day, to take care of your pets and your property. This is quite common, and if you use the same person each time, your pet will become familiar with the routine and not fret for you too much. Again, your pet will need to be walked, fed, watered, washed if necessary, and will require some time and love and affection from their owner.
The benefit of this option is that your pets get to stay at home, where they are familiar with their surroundings. If a care person is new to you and your pets, they will need to visit your home prior to taking over the care of your precious family members so they can familiarize themselves with your pets and your routines, and vice versa.
About the author: Alana D. Frazier is a copywriter at the write my essay service. Besides, she is fond of learning something new so that she tries to keep up with advancing technologies.