Before going on holiday without Pets? Preparations for pet owners

Before going on holiday without Pets? Preparations for pet owners

An empty home is easy enough to leave when you are travelling. But the process becomes complicated when you have to leave your furry loved ones behind.

Planning a family vacation is always great but having no idea what will happen to your pets while you are away is a challenge. There are options which you can consider, although planning is still needed.

Adrian Goslett, regional director and CEO of RE/MAX of southern Africa, said an empty home is easy enough to leave behind when you are travelling.

“You simply switch off all appliances, shut all taps, lock up and leave. But the process becomes complicated when you have to leave your furry loved ones behind,” he said.

Applying those options is not always so easy to do.

“If you are going to have somebody come into your home to look after your pet, then you will need to make provision for certain things.

Whether it is somebody you know or a professional pet-sitter, the person looking after your pet will need their own set of keys to get in and out of your home. “Write things down for the sitter that they might need to know while you’re away. Alarm codes, how much to feed your pet and where to find their food.

Toys are a few of the vital points they will need to know before you leave. You should also remember to mention where the closest vet is. You can also leave the number of your pet’s vet in case of an emergency.” Do a quick run through of your home and the various rules you have in place for your pet before you leave. You need to make sure that they have enough food. “It is always a good idea to leave an amount of emergency cash for their pet-sitter in case something runs out or needs to be purchased,” said Goslett.