We are planning to travel for the holidays. What are your thoughts on how to make sure your pet is taken care of when you’re away?
Thanksgiving trekking in Timbergrove
Dear Thanksgiving Trekking,
November is an exciting month. Not only is it “Adopt-A-Senior-Pet” month across the country, (most shelters have promotions with reduced adoption fees for pets over a certain age–check it out!) but it’s also the beginning of a busy travel season. I’m sure you’ve already made your travel plans but have you made plans for your pet? The clock is ticking, but there’s still time to make sure that everyone is happy, healthy and well-cared for this holiday season.
If your pet is more of a homebody (like, yours truly) I’d recommend finding a pet sitter to come to your home to care for your pet. A good pet sitter will be bonded and insured and come over before your trip to meet the pets that he or she will be caring for during your absence. You can have the pet sitter come as many times a day as you’d like–however many pet sitters have a strict rule to come at least once a day, in order to make sure that everyone is healthy and happy at all times–so keep that in mind when planning your pet sitter budget. Many pet sitters will bring in your mail, open and close your blinds and alternate lights, in order to give the appearance of someone being at home while you’re away. Visit www.petsit.com to locate a pet sitter in your area.
If your pet would prefer to go somewhere else and hang out while you’re away, look into pet boarding facilities. Here in Houston, the options range from serene, cat-only boarding all the way to ranch-style fun for critters of all shapes and sizes. Plan to book early and have your pet’s vaccination records on hand if you plan to board. Your vet might be able to recommend a boarding facility that will suit your pet’s needs.
Perhaps your pet would enjoy traveling with you this holiday season. If you prefer not to burden your hosts with the addition of your precious pet, look into hotels that are pet friendly. Many of the large hotel chains are pet friendly. Go to www.tripswithpets.com to see a comprehensive listing of all pet friendly hotels.
No matter which route you take, by ensuring that your pet is cared for while you’re traveling, you’ll both rest easy knowing that he is in the best of care. Many boarding facilities and pet sitters will send photos, email updates and sometimes even facilitate a Skype session between you and your pet. The best news is that you’ll be able to enjoy your time away from home this holiday, knowing that your favorite animal companion is happy and content as well.
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