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Tips for Leaving Your Dog on Vacation

For many dog owners, leaving on vacation becomes a cause for anxiety when thinking about leaving your dog behind while you are gone.

We like to take our dog with us when possible but sometimes that just can’t be done. The logistics of the situation just won’t allow it. You might be going somewhere too difficult to take your dog or it could even be an unwelcome or even unsafe situation for them.

We’ve created a list of tips to help you out in this stressful situation with the hope that it makes things a little easier for you.

Chances are you’ll be more worried than your furry friend is so please try and have fun while you’re away.

Make sure your dog has up to date ID tags

We’re sure that you’re going to leave your do in the best hands possible but even then sometimes things happen. Make sure your dog has its tag with correct contact information on it.

Leave detailed instructions

Make sure your caretaker can get in touch with you and that they know what to do should any situation arise and you aren’t reachable. Be specific on how much food your dog gets for each meal, and how many treats they get. If they need medicine, leave instructions for how much they need to take and how to give it to them. 

Related: Pet sitting vs pet boarding

Keep in touch

Since we have tools such as Skype or Facetime, make a video call to check in on your dog. This always helps me out because I love the look on by dog’s face when she hears my voice. Her ears will perk up and I’ll get to see she’s okay and the warm feeling when she reacts to seeing me.

Make sure they’re aware of your dog’s behaviors

All dogs have they’re own quirks and behaviors that you manage without having to think about it too much. Your caretaker, however, will need to know if you’re dog will become a savage beast at the sight of a squirrel. Make sure they’re aware.

Leave comforting items for your dog

Perhaps you can leave a t-shirt in your dog’s crate so they can be comforted by your scent. Maybe you can leave special treats with them. Maybe if they’re being dog sat at their own home you can leave a radio on if they’re not used to the sound of an empty house. 

Related: The Advantages of a Pet Sitter Over Boarding

Don’t turn your goodbye into an event

If your dog is used to being left alone every day when you go to work, try keeping a similar routine. An unusual emotional goodbye may leave them feeling anxious. It may not be easy for you but you want to leave your pet feeling as relaxed and normal as possible.

Leave your dog in good hands

You can’t make it so that your dog is never sad or emotional. You can, however, make sure they are in a safe place where they will be well cared for. Leave your pet with someone you trust, whether it is a dog sitter or a pet boarding service. 

Know your dog loves you

We have never seen a case where a pet forgot who their owner is. Even the pets who enjoy the adventure of boarding with other pets and love their caretaker will still love their owner. Nothing will change that.

Benefits Of Using a Professional Pet Sitter

Using a professional pet sitter reaps benefits for both pets and pet parents.  

Once you experience professional pet care in your home, you’ll never worry about being away from your pet again.

For the Pets:

Benefits to your pets include:

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  • Staying at home in his/her safe, secure environment
  • Being surrounded by familiar sights, smells and sounds
  • Following his/her regular diet and exercise routine
  • Having play time
  • Receiving love and personal attention
  • Maintaining medical treatment, when required
  • Having someone responsible in case of an emergency
  • Eliminating the trauma of travel or an unfamiliar environment
  • Helping to ensure good health (no exposure to other animals’ illness or parasites)

 

 

For the Pet Parent:

Benefits to you include:

  • Knowing that your pet is in caring, loving hands
  • Having the confidence that the pet sitter can deal with other issues – such as grooming, vet visits
  • Eliminating the trauma of having to transport and leave your pet
  • Not having to impose on family, friends or neighbors
  • Feeling your home is more secure (with someone going in and out several times a day)

Not all pet sitters are created equal, nor are they all professional.  In hiring a pet sitter, it is important to make sure you have chosen the right person to care for your beloved animal. 

Why should you go to https://thepetshome.com for a professional pet sitter?

Because not every pet sitter is equally professional and competent. With The Pets Home, you can be assured your pet will get the best quality care. Call (630) 854-8841 today.

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Pet Sitting Vs. Pet Boarding

This is a subject that we have addressed before, but it’s one that is important to reiterate. We’ll cover in more depth the pros and cons of both, as well as what to consider.

You’ll get useful information on whichever route you decide to take the next time you go out of town for a weekend, have a family vacation, or just work long hours and want your pet to receive some human interaction while you are gone.

Pet Boarding

CatDogSome of the advantages of boarding your pet for an extended stay is that they get the opportunity to interact with other animals. Now this works only if your pet is well socialized and the other pets they will interact with share that similar social trait.

A direction a lot of pet boarding locations have headed is the “doggie hotel” route. The rooms are plush and comfortable as opposed to traditional boarding, where the pet stays in a cold, concrete room with the barking from dogs they can’t see to add to their anxiety. These hotels also have daytime activities to keep your pet active and mentally stimulated.

Another advantage to pet boarding is that a lot of veterinarian clinics provide boarding options which is wonderful because if anything were to happen to your pet, care would be immediately available.

Related: The advantages of a pet sitter over boarding 

Pet Boarding Disadvantages

There are a few dissenting views from those who have worked in multi-faceted pet boarding/clinics, such as the clinic functions as a vet clinic first and a pet boarding facility second.

Dr. Ken Tudor, who has worked at 20 of these facilities said that it seemed like the pets boarded didn’t receive the full human interaction they crave and that the boarding area lacked the necessary time and human resources and came off as cold and sterile.

On top of that there is the risk of disease and infection spreading. As a lot of us can recall, during the spring there was an outbreak of dog flu that seemed to originate in a Chicago boarding facility and spread rapidly.

These are all things to consider when looking for boarding for your furry friend. Of course the more amenities and attention paid to your pet the higher the price.

Pet Sitting

petsitting, petboarding, puppy, kitten, dog, catThe most obvious benefit to having a pet sitter come to your home is just that, your best friend gets to remain in its home where he or she is most comfortable and their routine isn’t changed drastically.

Pet sitters come at specified times to let your dog out for walks, feed your pets and allow for body elimination. They also interact and exercise your pet. You can also have the pet sitter act as a house sitter as well. They can do things like bring in the mail to make your house look lived in and give you that peace of mind.

You also get the peace of mind knowing that your pet has a companion for the day. There are also plenty of pet sitters that will stay the night with your pet to help with any separation anxiety and help keep a consistent routine for your furry child. Dr. Ken Tudor also adds that in his 30 years of experience, he has yet to see a bloody stool from a pet being cared for in its own home as opposed to the stress related environment caused by boarding your pet in an unfamiliar place.

Pet Sitting Disadvantages

In home pet sitting is not 24/7, so if your pet has a medical condition that requires more frequent monitoring, pet sitting may not be the best method. Also, if your pet has elevated aggression issues towards strangers (especially those that will be entering your house while you are not there), pet sitting may also not be the best route towards care. However, this can generally be avoided if your pet is given ample time with the caregiver to ensure that they are comfortable being around them.

Things You Can Do To Prepare For Both

First and foremost, make sure whoever is taking care of your pet that they are aware of any medical conditions or special needs, whether that be diet or administering medicine. You will want to take an opportunity to go on a walk through or have the sitter visit your pet to help establish a relationship and get the pet more familiar with its temporary boarding situation.

Make sure you have enough food for the pet sitter as to make their job easier as well as providing enough servings for the boarding facility. Stress plus an inconsistent diet can lead to vomiting and the pet’s own food will provide a familiar touch. It is also recommended to have a pet sitter for younger dogs and older dogs as they both thrive on consistency and routine.

Do your research, be prepared ahead of time and don’t put this off until the last minute as you may put your pet in a very uncomfortable situation.

If you are interested in our pet sitting services, please call us at (630) 854-8841