As much as we would love to bring our fur babies with us on vacation, there are just some places our pets are not allowed to go. Most cruise lines (though there are some that are pet friendly) are an example of vacation getaways that do not allow pets to go along. That is why it is important to ensure that everything you need to do for the care of your pet is taken care of before you leave. There are many options available to give your pet a comfortable, stress-free experience while it is separated from you. Here are some tips to help with determining what to do with your pet when taking a cruise.
If possible, try to find a reliable caregiver to watch your pet in the comfort of your own home. This is where pets will be the most comfortable and happiest while you are away. Only consider those you would trust with your pet and in your home. A close friend or family member are the best options for home care. If someone you trust is not available, consider looking into a pet sitting service.
Pet sitting services
Pet sitting services make it possible to still leave your pet at home and be taken care of when friends and family are not available. This person will stay in your home with your pet, helping keep the pet’s daily routine going. Before hiring a pet sitter, ask for references and verify he or she is qualified to take care of your pet.
If you do plan to leave you pet home with a sitter, make sure to leave everything he or she will need. Information to leave for the pet sitter include contact information where you will be, contact information for someone who can help if you are not reachable, name and phone number for the veterinarian and a list of all of your pet’s medical and/or dietary needs.
There are a variety of different boarding facility options available. You will be able to find everything from crate free-boarding to camps and doggie spas to standard kennels. If your pet was crate trained as a puppy, spending time in a crate will not be difficult. However, if you pet was not, you might want to take the time to look into crate-free facilities. Find a boarding facility that will make your pet the most comfortable while you are away. Remember, if your pet is not comfortable around other pets, try to avoid any setting where it might be put into social environments.
Before boarding your pet at a kennel or other facility make sure to check references and ask to tour the facility. Knowing your pet will be in a comfortable environment will help ease your mind while you are away.
Before deciding where to take your pet while on vacation it might be best to take the time to discuss your options with your veterinarian. He or she will be able to help determine where your pet will be the most comfortable and which option is appropriate for your type of pet. Some veterinarians also offer boarding options for pets and might be an option for your pet.
Sometimes pets will become more stressed by being taken along with on a vacation. That is why it might be best to leave your pet behind while you are away. Especially when taking a cruise vacation. Do not worry. Your pet will not forget about you and will be excited when you return home.