Pets need a holiday too
Are you planning a holiday? Often the most difficult part of organising your family break is deciding what to do with the family pet. While not every vacation spot is suitable for your precious pooch or pussycat, it can be fun to have your furry family friend accompany you on holiday. Here are a few tips to make your trip with pets travel smoothly...
1. Take your pet’s food and water bowls and his or her bed with you. Pets like routine. Holiday time is not the time for a new diet.
2. Keep your pet’s grooming and medications up to date. Your holiday hosts will welcome pets that do not bring fleas and ticks along for the holiday!
3. Ensure your pet has a collar and tag and that your contact details are up to date. Pets can easily escape and go missing in a strange environment.
4. Ask yourself if taking your pet with you is really a good idea. Cats can get stressed away from home. Some pets might be better left at home with someone to look after them or boarded in a kennel.
5. Take regular breaks on your journey. Dogs need toilet breaks and a chance to stretch their legs, just like us.
6. Ensure that where you are staying is secure for a pet. Cats must be kept indoors and dogs must have a fenced property.
7. Take plenty of entertaining activities for your pet. Puppies will chew holiday houses! Enquire in advance about off leash areas or dog friendly beaches.
With a little preparation, holidays are a great chance for the whole family to relax and have fun!!
Holiday with Henry
Henry is a 2 year old Siamese cat (Siamese are a ‘talkative’ breed of cat) whose family decided to take him to their rented holiday apartment. All went well and Henry settled into his typical routine, demanding food and attention as he always did at home. Problems started when the family went out to dinner without Henry. Henry meowed and wailed until they returned, upsetting the neighbours. The family now holiday without Henry and are considering purchasing their own holiday home so that noisy Henry will be welcome.
NB. It would also be possible to work with Henry’s behaviour and quieten him when left alone.
Holiday with Sammy
Sammy was a 6 year old Kelpie whose family had never dared take her on holiday due to her high energy levels. Due to a last minute holiday booking and their usual kennel being full, they decided to take Sammy. During the car journey to their beach destination Sammy whined and did not settle at all but when she got to the beach and her large and bushy backyard, she had a ball. Swimming, long walks and other dogs to play with made the family think Sammy was so much fun again. Now they have a new puppy who accompanies them and Sammy on every holiday.