You've been planning this holiday for months and everything is in place. Now only one decision is left to make – what to do with Fido or Fluffy while you're away. Almost every pet owner struggles with deciding what to do with their pets while on holiday. Here are some of the most common options you can choose from.
Bringing your pet along
This can be an attractive option, if you are staying within the UK, since your pet is part of your family. Leaving it behind can seem so wrong! Travelling with your pet is becoming more and more feasible as more hotels are becoming pet-friendly.
If this appeals to you The Hotel Collection have produced a doggy holiday brochure that lists dog-friendly events, pubs, and accommodation across the UK.
However, having your pet along can limit what you do on your holiday. Your pet may spend too much time alone in your hotel room. As well, travelling can be stressful for the pet.
Boarding your pet at a kennel
When pet owners decide to leave their pet behind during their holiday, they often think of boarding their pet at a kennel. There are many types of kennels to choose from. Some are mum and dad operations and others are more like luxury hotels. Your vet may even offer boarding services. Kennels are popular choices because they offer different price ranges, and are a simple solution if you don't have a friend or neighbour to help, or if you can't afford a pet sitter.
On the flip side, boarding your pet can be very stressful for the animal. They usually have only a small cage to themselves with limited exercise time. They are surrounded by other animals they don't know. Though kennels can provide very good care, the staff won't give your furry friend the quality care and attention they're used to.
Another option is to hire a pet sitter to come into your home and care for your pet. This is a desirable option because your pet can stay in its home, and not deal with the stress of having to leave. As well, a professional pet sitter can follow your pet's normal routine and schedule. The pet sitter can also water your plants, pick up the mail, and give your house that lived-in look while you're away.
There are professional pet sitters for hire, or you may want to hire a student or friend. On the downside, hiring a professional pet sitter can be expensive. Even if you choose to use a student or a friend, it can be stressful for you to have someone stay in your home while you're not there.
If you have a neighbour who likes pets, or who at least likes your pet, enlisting them to care for your pet while you're on holiday may be an option. Your pet can stay in its own home while your neighbour comes by on regular basis to walk, feed, and let the pet outside.
One thing to consider before asking a neighbour to help is that this type of situation can put a strain on your relationship with your neighbour. When they need a favour later on, they may expect you to help them because they helped you out. Also, it can be uncomfortable having your neighbour in your home while you're not there.
While you're making your travel plans, remember to carefully plan what to do with your pet while you're on holiday. No one option is the best for every pet owner, and what works for you this time may not be the best option for your next trip.