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Stress-Free Holidays for Pets

If You Leave Your Pet Behind Boarding

Before choosing a boarding facility for your pet, take a quick tour of the facility to check out the accommodations. You will want to be sure that it is clean and well kept, and that there is ample space given for the animals to exercise daily.

Have your questions ready before you go. Things you may want to know are: how many animals are kept together in one space; can you bring your pets food so that his digestive system will not be upset by an abrupt change in food; will you be able to bring along toys and other familiar comfort objects from home?

If you do not feel comfortable with a boarding facility, whether for your pets emotional comfort or because of health concerns, and you do not have the option of taking your pet along with you, give yourself plenty of time to ask around the neighborhood for someone to pet-sit in your home or theirs, or do some research into local pet-sitters that will come to your home to check in and care for your pet, or will take your pet into their home. The better prepared you are, the less stress there will be for you and your pet, and the better your holiday celebrations will be.

Keep to a Routine

One of the best things you can do throughout it all is to stay to a familiar schedule. This means taking walks at the same time that you always do, and feeding at the same time as usual. It might help to create an alarm system on your mobile phone to remind you of your pets daily routine. Also, dont forget to take time to play and show affection, so that your pet does not feel thrown off balance by all of the activity and distractions.

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11:14AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you for the advices!

10:20AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

good advice, unfortunately most of it is common sense which a lot of people don't seem to have!

6:02AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

2:27PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

my kitty likes when people come, she's friendly, and thanks for the tips

11:17AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Thank you for the tips...

10:40AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

6:41AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Happy Merry Christmas Care 2

4:53AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Stress, no one deserves, even the animals.

11:59PM PST on Nov 26, 2012


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