We all hate to leave our pets, but sometimes a trip away is necessary. Whether you decide to place your pet in a kennel or a pet sitter’s care, there are a number of things you can do to make your time away from them as easy as possible.
Keep the Routine
Be sure that whoever will be caring for your pet knows their routine, and will stick with it. Your pet should be fed, walked, and played with at the same times each day as he is accustomed to. Your being away will be enough of a change; keeping the rest of the routine the same will help to ease your pet’s stress. Be sure to always leave your pet with plenty of his regular food; don’t put him through the stress of a diet change while you’re not there.
Leave Familiar Objects
If you’re leaving your pet at a kennel, send him with a few of his favorite toys. You might even include his pet bed From home, if he has one. Be sure to leave him with a shirt or blanket that smells like you – familiar toys and scents act as a reassurance to your pet.
Don’t Make Leaving a Big Deal
When it’s time to leave your pet, don’t make it into a bigger deal than it needs to be. A quick hug and a pat goodbye should suffice – drawing out the goodbyes into a longer, more emotional departure will not only alert your pet to the fact that you are upset, it will also cause him unneeded stress. As much as you may want to give your pet a long goodbye, keep things short and simple for his well-being.
Your pet will certainly miss you, but by following these steps you can make your time away as easy on him as possible. If you suspect your pet might truly be distressed by your leaving, get him accustomed to the idea of being away from you by leaving him in someone else’s care for several shorter periods of time before your longer trip.