We as people get ready for vacations by endless trips to the drug store for sunscreen, fake tan, and medication – and maybe even a trip to the salon to get ready for the beach. Before you head away, it’s a good idea to get your pets ready for vacation, too. Even if you have opted to take your pets on the journey with you, the act of leaving your family home can be incredibly distressing for your animals. You may also want to get them as clean and groomed as possible for either your rental home or for the place they’ll stay in your absence.
Looking after an animal that is well-presented and clean doesn’t just benefit your surroundings, but also anyone who you choose to leave your pet with while you’re away. Keeping them clean is courteous to both the rental vacation home and the hosts you leave them with. You don’t have to send them away to get an expensive grooming session, however. Using pet shampoo and conditioner will keep them smelling and looking great at a much more affordable price. Brands such as Lucy Pet will have a variety of scents to choose from, providing you with plenty of options to choose from.
Whether you’re leaving your dog at the kennels or taking them with you to a beach house, the experiencing of leaving their familiar home can be incredibly distressing for some animals. Therefore, leaving them with something that smells like home will add an element of familiarity to their journey. Here are a few ways to introduce a bit of familiarity:
- Bring their bed at home with you: this will provide a bit of stability for them, particularly at night.
- A toy from home: if they have a favorite toy, this could be a happy reminder of home and a familiar smell.
- Daily routine: keeping their routine from home (feeding, walks, sleeping) will keep them on a schedule that feels familiar, even if their environment doesn’t.
Plenty of attention
Just as you would with a friend who was nervous or unsure, constant reassurance is needed for your pet. Don’t deprive them of affection and attention when they’re traveling – admonishing them won’t stop them from displaying behaviors of discomfort or unease.
Ask your vet
If you have a dog with a bold personality or a high need for regular exercise, then talking to your vet before you leave could be a sensible decision. For example, a vet can help you decide whether it’s best to leave an energetic dog with friends or a professional dog boarding service. Rather than spend the weeks in advance worrying about your pet’s personal health, get the professional reassurance that you need.
Taking a pet on vacation, or leaving them with a sitter or some description should ideally involve a bit of preparation. You want them to be hygienic and clean before you leave for your vacation, but most importantly, you want them to be happy and comfortable.