Have Pet Can Travel
f you are reading this, I up... but what are you going to
guess you have a pet, need do with the family pet?
a holiday and don't want to
waste your next hard-earned break
watching round-the-clock rubbish
on televsion. In days gone many Option One: Pet Friendly
pet owners simply did not go on Holidaying
holidays! "Why", I would ask
them, and the answer was always
the same: "Because we own a pet."
Taking your pet with you on
holidays is an option
particularly popular among dog
owners whose charges travel well.
Fortunately pet owners have more Gone are the days when travelling
options than they used to. These "pet friendly" meant rotting
days you can often take your pet linoleum and a leaky roof. Many
with you. Otherwise you can leave holiday venue operators now
it in a secure boarding kennel or recognise that most pet owners
cattery, or even commission a pet are responsible adults who will
minding service to visit and look after a nice house in order
service your pet in its familiar to be invited back.
environment. But which option is
right for you and your pet?
When travelling don't forget to
take frequent rests, pack water
So now you've taken the first for the travel along with your
step and put in for some annual dog's water bowl, and don't leave
leave. Your vacation is coming your dog to bake in your car!
You'll generally also be required not be welcomed back!
to bring your pet's bedding, food
and food containers.
AVOID THE TELEVISION. Hopefully
there isn't a TV there, but if
Your pet should also be fully there is, don't turn it on. You
vaccinated, wormed and on a can watch TV at home and there
current flea treatment program. A are too many exciting things to
first aid kit including tweezers do with your pet, friends and
or tick removers as well as family, like bush walking,
antiseptic makes good sense, swimming... no, don't reach for
especially if there are likely to the remote control. Make the most
be ticks in the area. of your holiday and enjoy the
Other pets can make excellent
travel companions - cats and There are times when you can't
horses, for example, are welcomed take your pet with you, such as
at many holiday venues these overseas holidays, business trips
days. and when you are holidaying in
regions that don't permit pets.
So what are your options?
FOLLOW THE RULES: If you will be
having your pet with you on
holidays there are likely to be Option Two: In Home Pet
conditions. Find out what they Minding Services
are and follow them or you will
Keeping up your dog's exercise
If your pet is unlikely to fret regime is important. If your
excessively in your absence it chosen pet minder cannot exercise
can make sense to leave them in your pet then arrange for a
their familiar territory. A Pet family member or professional dog
Minder can visit your pet in your walker to look after this for
home or garden, supplying food, you.
entertainment, a walk and maybe
even a bath in your absence.
When interviewing for a pet
minder, it is OK, and expected
Leaving a pet in the house can that you will ask for references.
even assist with security - who's
going to break in when Cujo's
guarding the front door?
Not all dogs and cats are suited
to staying home while you're
As an added bonus a pet minder away, especially if you'll be
will often undertake additional gone for an extended period. If
duties including collecting mail, your pet is likely to fret
putting out the garbage and terribly, howl through the night,
watering the plants. They can disturb neighbours or go
often attend to the other members wandering, then a boarding
of your family including fish, facility might be a better option
mice, birds etc. for your pet's safety and
Know what to look for! Most
Option Three: Boarding Kennels boarding kennels and catteries
and Catteries are happy to show you through
their premises if you make an
appointment, but I favour
boarding facilities that welcome
A boarding kennel or cattery can your inspection without an
provide a safe environment in appointment. Who knows what might
your absence. Your pet will be get swept under the rug!
fed according to the diet that
you have prearranged - many
boarding services can cater for
the fussiest of animals. Your holiday - Relax and enjoy
Most boarding kennels have
excellent exercise options Now that your pets are taken care
available as well as ready access of, go and enjoy your holiday!
to a vet in case of emergency. Hang on a moment... what about
About the Author: Gerry Neustatl is the co-founder of Pets Playground, a comprehensive internet resource for Australian pet owners looking for pet friendly holiday venues and other holiday options, service providers and retailers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://petsplayground.com.au