Find The Right Pet Care For Holiday Travel

2014-11-11 17:16:03

The holiday season is here once again.  The next few months are undoubtedly some of the busiest of the year.  This time is crazy for people with all the traveling, shopping, entertaining of guests and planning of functions and parties.  It can add a lot of stress to the family.  However, one thing that is often overlooked is that the holiday season is also stressful for pets.  Pets endure lots of stress during this time of year because their family is often absent and they do not receive much attention with everything else that is going on.  Pet Kept Secrets, a social network for pets and their owners and pet-related business search tool, has a few tips for pet parents to help maintain the safety and sanity of animals during the holidays.  If holiday plans are going to have your family on the road it is best to bring your pet along whenever possible.  The ability to allow pets to travel with the family and not experience separation anxiety goes a long way.

If you are unable to bring pets along for the family holiday vacation here are a few tips to help find the best care for your pets.  When searching for someone to care for a pet or a place for pets to stay over the holidays be sure to check out Pet Kept Secrets.  We have a pet services search where users can find pet-related businesses such as boarding kennels, pet sitters and pet resorts.  You can find, rate and review local pet-related businesses on Pet Kept Secrets and know that your pets are in good hands.  When selecting a new boarding establishment be sure to tour the facility.  Most reputable boarders will allow customers to tour their kennels and see the conditions in which pets are held.  Look for clean and spacious kennels where pets will not feel cooped up all day.  Ask about walking schedules.  Be sure that pets will be able to get lots of exercise out of their kennel and have several opportunities to get out and use the bathroom on a daily basis.  It is also a good idea to ask about the hours of operation of a boarder.  Know how many hours of the day that an employee will be on duty to monitor pets.  Select a boarder that has someone there as much as possible.  It is always reassuring to know that a person will be there to watch over the pets and make sure they are okay.

It is also a good idea to ask the manager or owner personal questions and questions about their hiring process.  Talk to them about why they chose to get into professional pet care.  See if they are an animal lover and own pets themselves.  This usually is a sign that they will be more inclined to provide the utmost care for pets that stay at their establishment.  If you feel comfortable with the people that run the business, ask about the people that work there.  Ask how they select their employees, if they run background checks, do they monitor the workers with the pets, do their employees own pets and ask if their employees are compensated well.  It is very important to know that all members of the staff are happy to be there and are willing to love your pet like their own.  While touring the facility, monitor the employees and make sure that all of them have a good rapport established with all the pets there. 

If you have a very energetic pet that is sociable and good with other pets, it is a good idea to limit selections to boarders that have a fenced-in play area.  Highly active pets will be able to go out in play areas and run around freely, instead of getting only short walks on a leash.  They will also be able to play with other pets and not be left alone all day long.  This will please an energetic pet and limit stress while they are separated from their family.  Just make sure that outside time is monitored by the staff and that they separate any problem pets and keep play time safe.

Another great option for pet care is a pet sitting service.  For a daily fee someone will come watch your pet in the comfort of their own home.  When looking for a pet sitter it is often a good idea to have it be someone the pet is comfortable with and already knows.  A family friend or neighbor is a great choice, just make sure they are responsible and will come over several times a day to let your pet out and spend time with them.  If no friends or neighbors are available for pet sitting, look into a professional.  This is a newer industry that has seen a boom over recent years.  Most larger residential areas have several pet sitting companies to choose from.  Be sure to choose a reputable company that performs background checks on their employees.  Also make sure they stick to a daily schedule that is in tune with your pet.  Remain as consistent as possible with the normal daily schedule of walks, exercise and bathroom usage.  Keeping a pet's normal daily routine will help them cope with being separated from their family.  It will also be reassuring to know that you can call and check-in and talk to the pet sitter.  Be sure to select a professional pet sitter that will do in-home introductions and consultations.  Have the pet sitter that will actually be watching your pet come to your home before leaving for vacation.  The ability to assess a pet sitter in person goes a long way and will ensure that it is someone your pet can get along with.  Also pets will feel a lot more comfortable with a pet sitter they have been introduced to in the presence of their family.

Whether selecting a boarding kennel, pet resort or pet sitter the main keys are the same.  Be sure that your pet and family are comfortable with the surroundings and the caretakers.  Also try and keep a daily schedule that is similar to the normal day-to-day life of the pet.  Always be sure that responsible and trustworthy people will care for your pet.

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