Posted by Lora Shaw on December 22, 2014
Traveling over the holidays can be a lot of fun, but pet parents often worry about their animals when they’re on the road. Having seen our share of anxious parents, we have the 411 on how you can breathe easier, knowing that your dog or cat is comfortable and well-cared for while you’re away:
Does your dog have a special diet? Is your cat fearful of loud noises? What time do your pets typically eat? How often do they go out? Are they on medication? Think about those things that keep your pet’s life running smoothly and write them down. Then, go over them verbally with your pet’s caregiver.
Whether your pet is going to be at a boarding facility or a friend’s house, hand over the right supplies to your pet’s caregiver: meds, food, and a few favorite toys or a blanket. These items will make the transition go more smoothly.
If your pet is going to be around other animals, check to see that all of your pet’s immunizations are up-to-date. At Pet Palace, for instance, we require dogs to have their rabies, DHLPP, and Bordetella vaccinations; cats need to have rabies and FCRVP vaccinations.
Long, emotional goodbyes can leave your pet stressed. Remember that it won’t be long before you’re reunited with your furry friend and do your best to remain low-key during your goodbye. The objective is to minimize the significance of your departure, rather than to make it seem like the world is coming to an end!
Boarding is a great option for pets. Sure, we might be a little biased but at Pet Palace, your pets are lovingly looked after by our compassionate, trained caregivers. And dare we say it? They’re spoiled in our 5-star villas which include comfortable bedding, premium food, daily housekeeping services, and plenty of room to run and play. Our Royal Suites even have brass beds and TVs! Perhaps most importantly, we offer webcams so you can tune in throughout your vacation and see how your pet is faring.
While traveling out of town can be stressful for the doting pet parent, it can be less so by following these simple steps. Not only will you appreciate the peace of mind from knowing your animal is well cared for, but your dog or cat will mind the change in routine far less. From the staff at Pet Palace, have a happy holiday and enjoy your winter adventures!
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.