Going on a vacation can be a very exciting time, but it can’t really sink in until you get there. All the planning that’s involved, all the organising of accommodation, airfare or cars, bags, etc. can be very draining. This can be even more so if you have pets! Thankfully, we’re here to help as much as we can, so we’ve written up some tips for you to consider while you’re preparing for your time away that will make it as easy as possible on your furry loved one.
Some dogs can be very prone to separation anxiety. Signs of this may include: non-stop whining, howling or barking when you’re gone; your pet relieving themselves indoors; destructive behaviour, indoors or outdoors; digging; and excessive chewing, among other things. Being aware of this can help your dog when you’re away, and so can knowing some things to do before you leave. Ignoring your dog or cat, and not making a fuss, for a brief period every time you leave the house and every time you come home can teach them that it’s not a big fuss, and you going away means you come back, just like normal. In addition, not rewarding them for attention-seeking behaviour can aid in this, as they will get used to the concept that barking or whining will not get them attention. Some dogs can suffer from separation anxiety much more drastically than others, so being aware of the signs, and letting the boarding facility know, will definitely ease your pet’s time while you’re away.
The majority of kennels will require that your dog and cat be up-to-date on their vaccinations, and will require proof of this, usually in the form of a signed vaccine schedule by your pet’s vet. Dog’s and cat’s both have their own tier of necessary vaccines, so consult with your vet to make sure your pet is up-to-date on the appropriate vaccines. Making sure your pets have recently had a de-worming, spectrum vitamin of some sort is also recommended, as different areas, and lots of different cats and dogs, means that some things can spread around if not looked for properly. This includes flea treatments: most boarding kennels offer flea treatments, whether a collar, drops, or vitamins, on entry for a small fee.
Make sure that wherever you go to for your pet (we’re really fantastic, honestly), the caregivers are well-informed of your dog or cat’s personality, whatever it is. If they’re forewarned of any potential bad behaviours, or if they’re aware of the normal behaviours and your pet is acting out of the ordinary, they know that something is up, and can call you or the vet if it’s a serious issue that needs attention. In addition, if your pet has any medical requirements, ensuring staff at the pet boarding facility know guarantees they have knowledgeable caretakers who know what they’ll be dealing with, and you can stress less about any medical issues coming up.
We hope this has helped prepare you for your trip! We’d like to help be a part of it and take the stress out of your travel so contact us with any questions. We have an online enquiry form, or you can get in touch with us through email at [email protected], or call us at 07 3390 1132. We hope you have a wonderful trip!