With school out, many families are packing up and heading off on holidays during this period.
It can be challenging (and stressful) to decide on how to best look after your pets while you are away, but there are a number of options to choose from.
A great idea is to take your pet with you! There any many pet-friendly holiday houses and camp sites which will enable you to enjoy your rest and recreation together.
Boarding kennels are always a popular choice for holiday pet care.
An increasing number of boarding establishments/resorts/kennels are improving their facilities to be more homely.
We advise to always visit the kennels and meet the staff before you leave your pet there so you have peace of mind that they will be cared for while you are away.
You may prefer to have your pet looked after in someone's home which may be a more enjoyable experience for them, especially if they are on the shy side.
Again, do your homework and ask for references before you leave your loved one in their care. Visit their property and ensure security is up to your standard.
... always visit the kennels and meet the staff ...
For those real 'homebodies', which are happiest at home, there are two different options.
Firstly you can have a house sitter stay in your home and care for your pets (as well as collect your mail).
Your pets will feel comfortable in their environment and will have company also.
The alternative is to have someone pop by twice daily to feed them, check their water and exercise them.
This is probably the most cost-effective option, however there are risks as your pet will be left alone for long periods and if they fall ill or become injured they won't be attended to until the next scheduled visit.
It is most important that you are happy with the pet care option you have chosen.
Remember if you book your pet into boarding, they will need to be up to date with vaccinations and parasite control.