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Caring for your dog when you're away
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Going on holiday?

Making plans for your pooch...

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We all look forward to our holidays but when you have a dog who isn’t coming with you, leaving them behind can be stressful for you and your dog unless you have done your preparation work and set up the perfect break for both of you.

In-Home Care

Having someone, whether it is a friend, family member or professional pet sitter, stay in your house while you are away is many people’s preferred option as it creates the least amount of disruption to your dog and their routine.

However, finding the right person you trust who is happy to care for your best friend while you are away is not always easy. If you go down the route of a professional pet sitter, be sure to do your homework to make sure they are fully trained and insured and it is a good idea to ask for references from other customers. 

Before you go away, write down your dog’s feeding schedule including details of any medication they need and at what times. It is also important to make sure your dog’s carer has the contact details of your local Vets4Pets practice so that they know who to call in an emergency.

Boarding Kennels

It’s not always easy finding someone to stay in your house for an extended period of time, so another option is to take your dog to a boarding kennels.

Good kennels often book up quickly so it’s a good idea to do your research early on to find a kennel that you’re happy with and book your dog in as soon as you know your holiday dates.

A reputable dog kennel will insist that your dog is fully vaccinated including against Kennel Cough in good time before they will accept them and will ask to see your dog’s vaccination records so don’t forget to take them with you when you go. 

Boarding at a friend's or pet sitter's home

Another option is for your dog to stay in someone else’s home. Some pet care professionals work from home and will have your dog to come and stay with them whilst you are away. Your dog becomes a part of the family he or she is staying with and lives, sleeps and eats in the house as if he was their own dog. 

Whichever option you choose, early preparation will ensure you can jet off on your hols feeling relaxed and happy knowing that your dog is happy too. Doing a trial weekend before you go is a great way to make sure you dog has a relaxing time too.

"Can I come too?"

Oops, there is one more option we forgot – how could we!

If you’re holidaying in the UK, perhaps your dog could go with you? Or even if you’re travelling to Europe, Pet Passports mean that your dog would no longer have to go through quarantine to re-enter the UK. Great news for our four-legged friends who like to travel! 

For more information, read our article on pet passports or have a chat to one of the team in your local Vets4Pets practice.