Holiday Pet Care
Going away on holiday these school holidays? Don't forget to plan for your pet!
You can take pets on holiday with you, have them boarded at a kennel or cattery, or arrange home care.
Taking pets on holiday with you
There are a number of accommodation venues that allow dogs and cats. These can be found through web searches or in books such as Holidaying with Dogs by Life. Be in it.
Tips on travelling with pets:
- Restrain animals safely when in the car.
- Never leave animals unattended in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows down – they can still suffer from heat exhaustion.
- Give animals regular rest breaks during the trip, to stretch their legs and have a drink.
- Ensure pets wear identification that lists your mobile phone number.
- Ensure the holiday house has a secure yard and fences.
- Have contact details of the nearest vet clinic handy.
Boarding at a kennel or cattery
Alternatively, if you decide to board your pets, preferably choose a council registered kennel or cattery. Your local council will be able to tell you which establishments in your area are registered and have the required pet care standards.
Tips when boarding pets at a kennel or cattery:
- Book well in advance to ensure you get a place during busy school or public holiday periods (you may need to book many months ahead).
- Visit the boarding establishment to make sure you're happy with the facilities, cleanliness and staff.
- Ensure your pet is vaccinated, microchipped and all worming and other medications are up to date.
- Help your pet feel more at home by leaving it with familiar items (eg your old jumper) and its favourite toys.
Another option is leave your pet at home and have someone visit regularly to give it food, water, exercise and attention. This person can be a friend or relative, or you can pay for the services of a professional pet minder. It is important the minder visits at least twice per day, is reliable, has good references and is knowledgeable about animal care.
Other tips include:
- Give the minder your mobile phone number, and contact details for your vet.
- Let neighbours know that someone will be entering your property to care for your pet.
- Provide the minder with instructions and a list of contact numbers if your pet escapes and is lost.
- Brief the minder about any health problems or phobias (eg thunderstorms) your pet may have, and give instructions on how to manage these.
- Agree on details regarding feeding and exercise routines.
- Ensure your pet has at least two bowls of water (placed in the shade), in case one is knocked over.