Going On Holiday – What To Do With Your Pet?

As summer is fast approaching, so is the holiday you’ve been counting down the days for! While there is always a long list of things to remember before going away, for pet owners, choosing what to do with your beloved animal is an absolute priority. Whether you take your pet on holiday with you or leave them in the responsible care of a friend or professional, you have a legal responsibility to provide for your pet’s needs and must consider their welfare.

When choosing what to do with your pet before going on holiday, there are few things you need to consider:

  • Length of time you are going away for
  • Cost
  • Your pet’s personality
  • Your own preferences so you can rest assured your pet is being well looked-after

This article will serve to provide you with all the necessary information so you can make a confident decision about what to do with your pet while you are away.

If you are thinking about taking your pet on holiday with you, there are several things you need to think about. Many animals find change in their routine and travelling stressful so you need to take your pet’s personality into consideration to determine whether taking them on holiday is the best option or whether it will distress them. You will also need to make sure your holiday destination has all the facilities to cater for your pet’s needs so they are not left without anything.

Before you go on holiday, check your pet is healthy and safe to travel by ensuring all vaccinations and flea and worm treatments are up-to-date. They may need to be vaccinated against diseases we don’t have in the UK, including rabies, so ask your vet for advice. It is also worth giving the Defra DACTARI Scheme and the Animal Welfare Foundation leaflet ‘Taking your pets abroad’  a read for information on exotic diseases in cats and dogs and the diseases your pet may encounter while abroad.

While you are away, your pet should wear a collar with an identity tag with your name, holiday address and contact details on it, so if they get lost you can be reunited as quickly as possible.

If you would rather leave your pet at home while you are away to keep them safe, you can ask friends or family to look after them, hire a pet sitter or take them to a boarding establishment, such as a cattery or dog kennel. Whether your pet is staying at home or being looked after elsewhere, it’s important to give your sitter clear instructions about how to look after your animal. Here is what to include:

  • Dietary requirements – type of food, meal times and portion sizes.
  • Exercise – how, when and how often to exercise them.
  • Medical information – if and when they may need medication, and how to give it to them.
  • Daily health checks – particularly important with small animals to check that they are eating and toileting properly.

Here at Jaycliffe Kennels and Cattery, we provide dog kennels and cattery facilities for the temporary care of pets throughout Rotherham, Doncaster, Sheffield and the surrounding area. Whether your beloved pet needs to stay in our kennels for a few days or over a longer period of time, our expert team have the experience and knowledge to take great care of your pet while you are away. All of our facilities have plenty of space to accommodate cats and dogs of varying ages, sizes, needs, breeds and diets. Both the kennels and cattery can be viewed between 12 noon and 3pm with no appointment necessary. It is also important to note that all pets must be vaccinated at least 2 weeks before they arrive to us, so be sure to plan in advance of your pets stay. For further information about any of the services we provide, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today!