As summer gets closer, more and more vacation plans are in the works. Many of us would, ideally, love to travel with our pets. But what should you do if that’s just not an option? Guest writer Robert Pattinson looks at tips for finding reliable care.
Taking a vacation with your family and friends can be a great way to relax. However, if you are a pet owner, you need to think about how you will take care of your pets.
It can be hard to travel with your pet, especially if it is a long trip or your budget is not sufficient.
Arrange for the best care for your pet while you are away can go a long way towards helping you relax and enjoy your trip. Here are some tips on what to do with pets while on vacation.
- Hire a pet sitter
Professional pet sitters can visit your dog or cat one to two times a day, and there are professional pet sitters in most areas. One resource to check is the website of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters at https://petsitters.org/
- Family, friend or neighbor
Consider having a neighbor, family member or friend take care of your pet. The only problem with this approach is that they may see this as a favor and not take it as a responsibility.
You can make their work easier by getting a timed cat feeder or an automatic water fountain to dispense food and water for your pet.
- Look for a house sitter
Another option is to look for a person who can stay in your house full time and take care of your pets.
If you bring in a house sitter, you need to be comfortable with them accessing your items.
- Local vet
You might also be able to leave your pet at a local vet. Most of them have efficient boarding facilities and services to take care of animals. This can be a good option if your pet has medical problems.
It’s a good idea to weight these options based on the cost and the level of attention your pet(s) needs while you are away. Doing this research ahead of time takes some effort, but can be well worth it if you know your pet(s) are enjoying the vacation time too.
Do you have any tips for finding good pet care? Please share them in the comments section?