Things to Do When Leaving Your Pet Alone
Thu, April 22, 2021

Things to Do When Leaving Your Pet Alone

When pets have become bona fide members of our family, it can be hard to leave them behind when we travel / Photo by: DisobeyArt via Shutterstock

 

When pets have become bona fide members of our family, it can be hard to leave them behind when we travel. However, there are a lot of situations where keeping our pets in the house rather than taking them along on the trip is not only the most reasonable choice but it’s also for their sake. Traveling with a pet can be uncomfortable and a hassle for both owner and animal especially when airlines or bus companies don’t have good provisions for such a situation. 

As a responsible pet owner, it is of the utmost importance to make sure that our pet receives the best care possible during the course of a trip, and that includes a stress-free condition in a plane or bus. If we can’t get assurance that this will be the case, then it’s either we look for another transportation provider or most probably, we might just need to leave our pets at home where they will definitely be safer and more comfortable. 

 

Why You Should Leave Your Pet at Home?

The holidays are coming and for sure, most of us will be craving for a much-needed vacation and a trip away from the stress of workload and office pressures, not to mention the very cold weather. In an article published by Labrador Training HQ, a website dedicated to all aspects of owning, caring for, and training Labrador Retrievers as pets, it was said that there are some circumstances where one should leave their pets behind in order to save money and have time to explore the world alone. 

Additionally, most hotels and restaurants still don’t allow pets within their premises. Leaving them inside the car alone is not an option because it can cause harm to your pet, especially during the hot season. Having your pet with you on your trip can also take its toll on you as you need to allot a good chunk of your time and energy to accommodate their needs. 

On the other hand, if you are planning to have your vacation outdoors, having your pet with you is comparatively not a big deal. If you’re going on a camping trip or a road trip, your pet can be the best companion along with family members.

 

Get Them Ready

Leaving your pet alone can cause separation anxiety on both of you. For them, it is already hard to see you leaving every day for work, imagine their feelings when you leave them for a week or month when you go on vacation. Not seeing you for an extended period of time can cause them to feel anxious and worried. Paw Maw, an online portal that helps to find lost pets, said that once you start planning or making travel arrangements, you should also start getting them ready for the temporary separation. 

They will sense that something is up, and in order to calm them down, you should keep your pet’s usual routines and try to spend extra time together on the days before you leave. If you prefer to have a sitter at home to take care of your pet, you should leave a piece of your clothing as this will provide your pet your scent that should calm them down.

Leaving your pet alone can cause separation anxiety on both of you. For them, it is already hard to see you leaving every day for work / Photo by: Ume illustration via Shutterstock

 

Prepare Their Place

If you cannot leave your pet alone at your house, you can ask your veterinarian if they have a kennel or a place where they can keep an eye on your pet. Make sure that the place you will choose will provide all the dog’s needs, keep their routines going, and tolerate their quirks as well. You will also need to provide all the necessary health information regarding your pet. Give the vet your contact information in case an emergency happens. 

The Dog People, an online portal that provides helpful tips for dog care, mentioned that pet owners should also let their dog become familiar with the pet sitter or the vet before you leave them alone with them. This will help them to become more comfortable with the person, and they will consider them less a stranger.  

There are also boarding facilities for both cats and dogs. These places are ready to accommodate your pets and they may entail a lower cost compared to a professional sitter. Some dog kennels often provide comfortable temporary homes and also offer daily activities that can keep your pet busy and allows socialization with other dogs. 

 

Give Light on Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety doesn’t just happen with young kids who are just entering school for the first time. Dogs can also experience such a feeling when they sense that their owners will be leaving them longer than usual. It is important that pet owners know about the symptoms and signs of pets having separation anxiety. Owners should leave familiar items and toys to help calm down their pets. There are also calming pheromone products that one can use if the familiar items are not working.

Whether to bring along your pet to your trip or to leave them at home is a very important decision that needs to be made if you want to have a worry-free vacation.

Separation anxiety doesn’t just happen with young kids who are just entering school for the first time. Dogs can also experience such a feeling when they sense that their owners will be leaving them longer than usual / Photo by: Susan Schmitz via Shutterstock