Ready or not, Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner! And that means many people are starting to make plans to go “over the river and through the woods” to visit family and friends.
While a growing number of pet parents take their furry family members along, this may not be practical or possible for others. If you’re unable to pack Fido or Fluffy into your sleigh, it’s a good idea to plan now for where they’ll stay while you’re gone. Luckily, there are several options available these days, including:
Doggie Daycare/Boarding Facility
For dogs that are well socialized and love to play with others, a daycare may end up being the perfect choice. In fact, they may be too busy having fun to miss you! (Sorry about that.) Be sure to tour the facility, find out where your dog will sleep, ask plenty questions and observe how the staff and dogs interact with each other.
Some professional pet sitters offer the option of taking care of your pet in their home. Usually, this means that there will be fewer animals than in a typical daycare setting and more individual attention. Visit the home, check for cleanliness and safety, and carefully observe the animals in their care. Do they seem happy, clean and relaxed?
Not that long ago, this was the only place to board a pet, and it’s still a good, relatively low-cost option for many people. Your cat or dog may not get as much attention or exercise as they would in a daycare, but you can rest easy knowing that your pet is in capable hands, especially if a health concern arises.
Pet Sitter in Your Home
Some dogs and most cats become anxious or afraid when taken out of familiar surroundings and routines. Others may not get along well in a group setting like a daycare. If this describes your pet, having a sitter or walker come to your home may be the way to go. Some even offer overnight stays! Locate a good sitter by asking pet-loving friends for referrals. You can also check out general review sites like Angie’s List or dedicated pet sites like Pet Sitters International, Rover.com or DogVacay.com.
Neighbor or Friend
This can be a great option but keep in mind that these individuals probably have their own plans over the holidays. This may mean that they won’t be able to devote as much attention to your pet as a professional pet sitter can. To avoid straining your relationship, make sure that they have the time and that taking care of your pet won’t add to their stress during this busy season. If you do go this route, offer to pay them or return the favor some day.
Before Your Final Decision
Be sure to consider these 10 things before making a final decision! See them here on my holiday blog post for BISSELL, (toward the bottom of the post).
Where will your pet spend the holidays? Tell me in the comments below.
Meanwhile, if you need to tidy up your pet home before Christmas, check out these must have pet clean up solutions! Remember, the BISSELL Pet Foundation benefits from your purchase of their pet cleaning solutions.
BISSELL Cleaning Starter Kit for New Pet Owners
My sister and her family are DEFINITELY getting one of these for Christmas! Little “Cola,” their adopted puppy, is still learning the rules of the house, and making an occasional “mess” in the process (#pethappens)!