You love your pets, and you love to travel the world, both for business and pleasure. Even though you love seeing new places and revisiting old favourites, the one thing that is always difficult is leaving your pets behind.
Here are some of my favourite tips on how to make sure your furry family members are happy and healthy while you’re gone!!
Plan ahead. Before taking off, give yourself time to find the right person or service to care for them. Consider the dates your leaving, if it’s at peak holiday times get organised early to book your pet care.
Leave your pets at home. We understand some pets are happier at home in their own environment with their usual smells, and surroundings. A lot of pet owners also have more than one pet and possibly fish, rabbits, birds the list can go on and on. Having a professional service like My Pet Watch that can come to visit them each day, walk them, play with them, clean the grounds or cages and feed them, means they get to enjoy the comforts of being in their own home. Our professional service is a great alternative to house and pet sitters.
Insurance. Having a professional who is insured to care for your pets is a must. I lot of pet owners these days have pet insurance, but what about the people who care for your pets? Using a professional service can elevate this concern.
Leave prepared. Leave your pets Pet Specialist with detailed instructions about how to reach you if there's a problem and what to do in case you are 80 feet underwater diving or staying in a safari camp and she or he can't contact you. Your vet’s details, any microchips, your pets like and dislikes, food intake and meal requirements, favourite toys, beds, blanket and an emergency contact if your unreachable. The more information the better. That way you can be assured that your Pet Specialist can proceed until you can be reached. It makes it a lot easier for you to relax when you’re gone.
Collars and name tags. Even at home, have your dog or cat wear a collar that has your phone number on it. You’ll be happy you did this, in case they ever try to run away.
Communicate. Take a tip from ET: Phone home. Your pets love to hear your voice! Thanks to technology nowadays, we can also visit “in person,” thanks to Skype and FaceTime. There is now even a PetCam device that you can hire through My Pet Watch and self-monitor your pets through an app on your smart device. Your pets are just a touch of a button away, thanks to Netgear’s Arlo Pro Smart Home Wire Free Cameras. Our Home Watching, Pet Reporting software is geo enabled so we can prove we are with your pets, write daily reports on how they are doing, upload photos and videos or facetime pet owners if they wish. These reports can be accessed from anywhere in world!
Take your pet with you — in photo form. If you have photo of them slip them in your purse or wallet and pull them out when you are missing them. Alternately you may have hundreds of photos of them on your smartphone. Sharing your photos with other animal lovers while you’re on holidays is always a great conversation maker.
Don’t make a big deal when you leave and return. Long goodbyes and hellos can make your pets feel nervous and can lead to separation anxiety. In order to help keep your pet calm, walk out like you’ll be back in a minute, and when you return, greet them like it hasn’t been that long. Pretending like it’s not a big deal will help them think so too.
I’m here to say that you can travel and be a great pet owner. Our pets can survive and even thrive in our absence. With the right pet care service travelling more often is possible and you will have peace of mind knowing that your pets are being loved and cared for.