Top 5 Pet Care Tips for the Upcoming Holidays
With the festive season fast approaching, there are more things that you should start thinking about than just what you will be putting under the Christmas tree. Sharing your life with a pet brings more than just the pure bliss and joy of their face every day. It also starts to play a role when you can’t simply jump into the car and go on holiday. You need to be prepared.
Now you have two options. Either you are taking your furry friend along for the trip, or you are ensuring that their holiday arrangements are safe, secure and stress-free.
Here are some of our top tips when it comes to your pets.
1. Plan ahead
You have your holiday plan sorted. Your flights are booked, or the car is ready to go. Now you must start thinking about what you are going to be doing with your furry friend. You can either leave them or take them with. But it shouldn’t be the last decision you make.
Plan well in advance. Do your research into both options, and always have a backup plan in case anything falls through. You do not want to be stuck in a situation where your pet is in an uncomfortable and stressful situation.
Figure out how your pet is going to travel with you. If it is by plane, bus or just the back of your car, ensure that it is the most comfortable environment possible. Take along your Torus bowl, snacks and any other toys they may be able to play with. You may need to look at the requirements of what you can bring on a plane and what you can’t. But if it is a car ride, make a point of providing them with the above.
2. Taking them with
If you are planning on taking them with, you need to do your research. You need to find out all the necessary appointments, passports, vaccinations and paperwork that needs to be finished. Taking a pet along for the journey is the better option in this situation, but we do understand that there may be times where you simply can’t take them with.
Ask questions that include where they will be staying and if the place you have chosen is suitable. How will you be spending your days with your pet there? Will they have a comfortable place to say if you are not with them? Certain questions need to be taken into consideration so that there is nothing to worry about once you have reached your destination.
Before embarking on any kind of adventure, you need to ensure that your pets have their health insurance covered. You do not want to be in an unfamiliar place where you do not have anywhere to turn to if something goes wrong.
Research any close vets that could be available. See if there are any diseases that are common in that area that you should be aware of, and take the necessary precautions to prevent it. Find out the emergency procedures if anything happens and out it somewhere close and visible.
You need to understand that this is a stressful situation for your pet. They are in an unfamiliar environment and may not feel as comfortable as they would in their stable home. Try and maintain a consistent feeding and exercise schedule. The Torus bowl is a good element her, as you will be able to take it with you wherever you go, making it a recognizable toy that can make them feel more comfortable. With clean water wherever you are, it also seems to be a good health tool to bring along.
4. Know your pet
If you know that your pet doesn’t do well in kennels, take the time to ensure that they are either left at home with a sitter or make sure that you make the new destination feel as homely as possible.
If you have a new pet, and are still getting to know what they like and dislike, take the time rather to understand them before putting them into the deep end.
5. Leaving them home
There may be no option in taking your pets along, and that’s ok. You just need to ensure that you have the right set up for when you leave. Start creating a list of the key details you need to remember.
If you prefer using a boarding kennel, take the time to go and visit and see the facilities. Ask as many question as possible, and make sure that you leave something with them that will remind them of you or home. Whether it is their Torus bowl, a toy or their favourite blanket.
You also need to see what vaccinations they should be getting before entering the kennel. You do not want to get back to them and they have contracted a virus that you could have prevented. Kennel Cough has said to be an increasing issue in the UK, and should be taken seriously.
If you want them to rather stay at home, get an inhouse sitter. Ask a friend or a well-known individual who takes care of other pets when you go away. Look at their credibility and see if it is the right choice for you and your pet.
No matter what type of pet care you choose this upcoming holiday, do a test trial before. You will be able to see if your pet is comfortable in their surroundings, and will in turn reduce the stress element. And remember to bring your Torus bowl along for the ride!