With the arrival of summer and the easing of COVID restrictions in Victoria, lots of people are keen to get away. Whether it’s a road trip, a week down the coast or a long weekend to recharge your batteries, we’re out of lockdown and ready to enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends.
Still, if you’re making plans for summer, you need to make sure you make plans for your pet as well. Whether your furry friends join you on holiday or remain at home, there are some important things to consider so that your pet remains happy and healthy during the holiday season.
Holidaying with your pet
Taking your pet on holiday with you can be a great way to build your bond and a sure-fire way to ensure your break is enjoyable. Still, it’s important to take some time and prepare for your trip so that your holiday is safe and relaxing for both of you.
It’s best to ensure your dog is healthy enough to travel and is up to date on all vaccinations, worming and flea treatments before heading off. You should also pack a first aid kit, confirm any accommodation booked is pet friendly, and be aware of any specific pest or health concerns related to your destination.
Check out the below guides for more information and tips to make your holiday memorable for all the right reasons.
Leaving your pet at home
Before you head off on holidays, ensure that your pet’s microchip and council registration details are up-to-date. Learn more about updating microchip details here.
There are many options for taking care of your pet in your absence, whether it’s leaving them with family and friends, boarding your animal at a cattery or kennel or utilising a pet-sitting service.
If you’re leaving your pet at home and have arranged for someone to visit, feed or walk your animal, check in with your neighbour and let them know. RSPCA Victoria receives a spike in reports of abandoned animals during summer, and sometimes it all comes down to lack of communication. If your neighbour knows you’ve gone away but sees you’ve left your animal behind, it’s rational they would be concerned. Nip those worries in the bud and let them know once you’ve made the necessary arrangements for your pet.
Still, while such arrangements may be suitable for some animals, please keep in mind that animals such as cats or dogs are social animals and they require affection, attention and care. If you’re going away for an extended period of time you may want to consider other options (or bring your pet with you!).