Preparing your Pet for their Summer Holiday
By Helen Burns | Dated December 6, 2015
It’s that time of year with Summer holidays beckoning, however for all the anticipated fun and relaxation, there may well be a potential stress lurking. What to do with your loved four legged family member?
Different options will suit different families, and our staff at Gordon Vet are always very happy to guide you as to which option we think may be best for your pets.
Some people elect to have a house sitter who lives in your house while you are away. The main benefit is that your fur baby gets to stay in a familiar environment, your mail is collected, the garden watered and your house is minded as well. It probably works best when you have multiple pets, and its ideal to choose someone who is experienced at caring for animals or someone who knows your pet very well. If your pet needs veterinary attention and your pet minder is unable to drive, at Gordon Vet we can do house calls or pet pick-ups to help them out. We are just a phone call away!
An alternative to a house sitter is someone who doesn’t stay in your house, but who visits twice daily to feed your pets and walk your dog. While this can be an easy option, it’s worth ensuring that the dog walker spends enough quality time with your pet to check that they are well, and of course that they shut the gate! On very hot days or with elderly animals an extra visit is a good idea.
Dog kennels or a cattery for our feline family members are an excellent option for many people. At Gordon Vet we have a purpose built cattery, and we love taking care of your cats while you take a break. While in a kennel or cattery you know that your pet is secure and safe. On the flipside, while making new friends at a kennel can be fun for many dogs, for some dogs and cats having a holiday in an unfamiliar environment with new companions can be stressful.
How to smooth over the experience
1. Book early. Ask us or friends for recommendations. Request if you can visit the kennel / cattery prior to the boarding to ensure that you are comfortable with the premises and staff. Have the house sitter or dog walker over to your place to meet your pets and familiarize themselves with your pet’s routine.
2. Take your pet’s regular diet if they are particular in their tastes or if they require a special diet.
3. Most importantly, ensure that your pet’s tick control is up to date and that they will be covered for the entire time you are away. Remember to take any medications that they need, along with clear instructions. Ideally send along enough medication for a few extra days in case you are delayed returning.
4. Ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and that the kennel or cattery has these details.