Safely Leaving Your Pet Behind

Not all pets will make good traveling companions. You need to consider the age, health and temperament of your pet when making a decision to leave him behind or have him join you on your trip. If you decide to leave your four legged friend behind, there are a few things you can do to make sure he is safe and comfortable while his best friend is away.

Decide who will be taking care of your pet. One option is to have a friend, relative or neighbor come to your house and care for your pet. This will keep your pet in his own environment. Your pet will be comfortable there, especially if he knows his caretaker.

A pet sitter will also enable your pet to stay in his environment. Pet sitters will usually come at least twice a day to feed, walk and play with your pets. It is a good idea to have a pet sitter visit the home a time or two before you leave on vacation. By doing this, you can make sure the pet sitter is a good fit for your furry family. Pet sitters should come with recommendations and be licensed. For a list of reliable pet sitters, check with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. http://www.petsitters.org/

You may decide to board you’re pet at a boarding facility or veterinary clinic. A veterinary clinic is an especially good choice for animals with medical issues who need medication and monitoring. If you decide to board your pet, there are some things to consider.

Your pet will likely receive less human interaction at a boarding facility so know your pet’s personality and how much interaction he needs to be happy. You should bring your pet in for a short stay once or twice before leaving him during your trip. This is a good way to familiarize your pet with the facility and staff before he has to stay for a longer period of time. Bring your pet’s favorite pillow or toy and food so that he has some comforts of home while he is away.

Always leave an emergency number where you can be reached and the number for your veterinarian and nearest emergency clinic.