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Vet Tips

What to do with your pet when you're on holiday

Sometimes we are faced with the choice of taking our beloved pet on holiday with us, or leaving them at home with people you trust. It’s a tough decision to make, so consider what you need to do for either scenario. Whatever you choose to do, your first step is always getting your pet’s chip and tag details updated. Here’s what you should consider after their info has been updated:


Leaving your pet behind:

  • If you decide to leave your pet with friends or family, give them as much information as possible about your pet’s diet, exercise routine and any medical issues they may have. Make sure that they are willing to keep up the routine you have for your pet, and give them the contact details of your vet and the nearest animal hospital in Melbourne in case there is an emergency.
  • Another option is mobile pet-sitting services that can care for your pet in the comfort and safety of your home. Some pet-sitting services offer to send someone daily to your home to feed, exercise and spend time with your pet, or you can even pay a bit more to have the pet sitter stay in your home while you are on holiday. Once again, give them all the relevant information about your animal’s needs and emergency contact details. Don’t be scared to ask for references, so that you can rest easy knowing your pet is in good hands.
  • Boarding kennels and catteries are another option to think about, seeing as the staff should at the very least have experience in dealing with animals and how to care for them. Some facilities even have vet staff on-site in case something goes wrong, or a 24-hour vet to contact in case of emergencies. Bear in mind that most of the places will require your pet to be up-to-date on their vaccinations and are made aware of any medication. Always book ahead as the better facilities quickly fill up during the holiday season.

Tips for taking your pet on holiday:

  • Pack a first aid kit for your pet
  • Make sure the accommodation is pet-friendly
  • Get a full check-up from the vet before you leave
  • Make sure your pet is contained during travel and make lots of stop along the way for your pet to use the bathroom and get some fresh air
  • Give assurance and attention to your pet when you arrive, seeing as they will be in a new area, which may be stressful for your pet
  • Check that all the gates and fences are secure at your accommodation
  • Supervise your pet at all times, and don’t leave them behind when you go out or are in the company of someone unfamiliar

Going on holiday won’t be a problem for you or your pet by simply following these suggestions. Have a question? Don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.