Holidays are stressful for you and your beloved pet.
Many people stress about the right thing to do with their pets over the holidays and, because it is stressful, tend to procrastinate in making arrangements for their furry friends.
You can look for a clean kennel or facility that will board your pet. That is fine for some animals but, some are seriously stressed by the noise and activity of strange animals and a big change in their environment for the holidays.
If your pet needs serious veterinary care, they might be better off in a veterinarian's kennel during your trip. My suggestion is that your pet may be more comfortable at home than in a kennel. You likely know better than anyone what fuzzy needs or wants in order to enjoy the holidays. Who deserves more care and consideration during that time of year than your faithful dog or loving cat?
Whether you decide on a kennel, boarding facility, or a pet sitter to visit your home, you should do your best to book early. Not only are the holidays very busy and popular for all these businesses, professionals have lives, families, and pets, too. Last minute frantic phone calls are gut-wrenching and often, no matter how much they want to, they just can't find the time or space for your best friend.
Why not just hire a teenager to visit during the holidays and save yourself some cash? Professional pet sitters are usually bonded, insured, and background-checked. A professional will not neglect your pet if they break-up, have to stay after school, have to do homework or have to go to dinner at Grandma's for Christmas. A professional will provide the peace-of-mind you need, knowing that your pet is in good hands while you are away.
Typically, dogs require three visits per day and cats at least one visit per day. Dogs usually need to be fed and need potty breaks more often than cats. Many people tend to assume that cats are okay with just a big bowl of food and water. Not true. Litter boxes should be scooped daily and a professional will likely know if your cat requires immediate medical attention. The health status of a cat can change dramatically in a 24-hour period.
So, before you buy your plane tickets or make your hotel reservations, make sure you have made plans for your pets over the holidays. It will make the holidays more joyful for everyone.