While this time of year marks a chocolate filled extravaganza, we also have the joy of multiple public holiday in a short amount of time. Yes please! Many families and friends decide to make the most of the opportunity and spend this time away, whether it is venturing to holiday houses across the country or camping in some of the glorious locations this beautiful place has to offer. However, many of us are then faced with the holiday that our furry family members will embark on. Before leaving our pets at boarding facilities, kennels, friends or even bringing them with us, we will need to ensure they are safely prepared for their own adventure.
Deciding to take our pets with us on our getaway can be a lot of fun for the whole family. However, before leaving, you should check that all of their microchip details are up to date. This is so that if they wander off to conduct their own sightseeing, you will be easily contacted to collect them. Before leaving, make sure you have packed any toys or medication your pet will need as well as paper towels and a rubbish bag in case any accidents occur along the trip. When you leave for your trip, ensure your pet is secure in the car. Our feline friends should be in their crate, while our canine companions should be in a car harness. Pet parents can be fined if your pet is unrestrained in a vehicle. If an accident occurs, they could be in a lot of danger as well as injure the other members in the car. During the trip, you should have water on the ready for them. If you are travelling with a dog, it is important to stop every two hours for a toilet break and for them to stretch their legs. Cats should stay in their crate and have access to a litter tray. Once you arrive, set up a safe place for them if they become overwhelmed with the new people and noises that surround them.
Most of the time, we are not able to bring our pets with us on our getaways. Before leaving your pet, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier on them and reassure you that they will be in safe hands. A veterinary based boarding facility, usually only for cats, is the best option. This is because if there was an emergency or your pet becomes ill, they will be given immediate Vet attention and help.
If you are leaving your pet at a boarding facility, there are a few steps you can take including:
Before choosing a facility, it is best to evaluate and consider the following prior to booking:
While this sounds like a lot to consider, these are all very important steps to take so that your pet is safe and happy over the entire holiday. You can enjoy all the wonderful public holidays, without any worries and instead, full of the delicious treats Easter brings!