So, you’re planning a family trip this year? Maybe you’re traveling for work? Whether you’re a small tribe with multiple children and multiple dogs running around, or a single unit that consists of yourself and your feline friend, if you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, you’ll need to ensure your pet is well taken care of. Depending on the domestic company you keep, there are a few options to consider when making preparations. Here are a handful of ideas to help decide what to do with your pet while you travel.
If you’re a dog owner, this might be your best option. Don’t worry about how your pal will feel about being dropped off at a kennel, chances are he or she will hardly notice you’re gone! Boarding spots are equipped with employees who adore the animals they keep, and they’re properly trained to care for them while the owners are away. Also, while you take your trip, your pet will likely be having the play-date time of his or her life.
Drop it at a friend’s house.
If the cost of a using kennel is outside your budget, you can always drop your dog off at a trusted friend or family member’s home. This is also a great option for cat owners. Hamsters, gerbils, small reptiles and other caged pets can easily be taken down the street in the back seat of your vehicle. Just make sure to also bring food and any other necessities that might be needed while you’re away.
Get a house sitter
For those who own fish and other low-maintenance pets, this is a great options. Give that spare key to someone you trust, leave some simple instructions and have he or she stop by once/twice a day to make sure your furry (or scaly) friend is tended to.
Take it with you
If you’re riding off to the beach and staying at a vacation home, you may want to bring it with you. Many hotels are pet-friendly, so if you can’t stand the idea of being separated from your pet for an extended period of time, do some research and get ready to add a few extra pounds to your luggage.