When you go on holiday what do you do with your pets?

@saundyl (9788)
Canada
August 11, 2008 2:07pm CST
In thinking that I'm going on holiday in a couple days...I got wondering what do others do with their pets? Do you take them with you? Have them stay with a family member? Leave them home and have someone check on them? A kennel? or do they stay with a friend? Normally when I go on holidays the one dog stays at home (hes my outside "guard" dog) and my neighbour goes over to the farm everyday to check his food and water. He doesn't travel well and is so old getting in and out of the car is hard on him. The last time he went to stay with my moms he tried to go home and almost got hit by a car. My little dog - not an outside dog - usually goes to stay with my mom and dad while I'm gone. This time however I'm taking her to my friend as I'm going with my parents for a week on a houseboat (and theres no pets allowed) My mom has arranged for someone to go over and feed her male dog (he got into skunk spray) and her female my grandma will take home with her and bring her back a week after we get home.
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@ljean791 (66)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I usually get a close family member to stay at the house to watch my critters since I have a small "zoo" and they all have different needs.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
A Zoo? What all do you have?
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• United States
12 Aug 08
I have three cat's, a beagle, a ferret, a rabbit, a russian tortoise, a teddy bear hamster and goldfish. Yes, a small "zoo", lol.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
Awww teddy bear hamsters are so cute!
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@capirani (1840)
• United States
11 Aug 08
The few times that we have left our home for any extended period of time, we took our dogs to the local kennel for boarding. We knew our pets would be well cared for that way.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
Awesome. Did you have to have them up to date or certain types of shots to stay?
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@capirani (1840)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Yes, they had to have their rabies and dystemper shots if I remember correctly. It has been a long time ago.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
good to know. If i ever have to go that route i'll make sure to call and confirm.
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@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
12 Aug 08
I am living with my parents and sister. When I go on a holiday my family will take care of my cats. We have an unspoken rule of not travelling together. We didnt want to board the cats as we are worried that they might catch something. We also don't want them to be traumatized by a strange environment without us. Having someone over is an option but we still have not found someone we trust to take good care of my cats. So we just don't travel together so that there is always someone at home for them. Cheers ;p
@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
Thats a good idea. Its too bad though you can't travel together.
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
I have some gold fish and when we go on holiday we just left them. Luckily they survive.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
How long do you leave them for? I swear any goldfish i had never survived very long even when we were home.
@Opal26 (17682)
• United States
12 Aug 08
When I need to be away from home I have someone come in to feed my cats and change their litter box. They are easier to take care of if they are home in the house. They are familiar with their surroundings and are not as scared to be alone. I either have my next door neighbor come in or now I have my boyfriend living with me so he takes care of them for me. I had to stay in the hospital for a week and he looked out for them. They missed me, but at least they were home where they were used to being.
@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
That's awesome that he looked after them. I like leaving my pets home or somewhere familiar.
• India
12 Aug 08
I have a cute little Dog. His name is rambo. I love him very much. Ussaully i take him with me because i feel very lonely without him but if he is not feeling well or my friends are with me on vacation i prefer to stay him to my family members as it is more convenient for him and me too.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
24 Aug 08
Thats awesome. I left mine with a friend when i left home for my boat trip 2 weeks ago. I'm totally missing her!
@maryannemax (12165)
• Sweden
11 Aug 08
my mom's now taking care of my dog in the philippines. she takes care of my dog well and i am happy about that. now that i am living here in sweden, i learned that most of those who travel leave their pets in some kind of hotel for pets. okey, not really a hotel. but somewhere pets can stay, taken cared of, and be fed. it's quite expensive but by the time we're going to the philippines for a vacation next year, that's gonna be our first option.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
I'm glad that I haven't had to resort to something like that. It would get much too expensive. I hope you can find a less expensive option.
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@samijo719 (1053)
• United States
11 Aug 08
We have actually never really left our dog for more than 2-3 days. And each time a family member watched him. We have to family 'babysitters' who loev taking him so we have never really had a problem with worrying about where he will go if we need to go somwhere for a long period.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
Thats good. The longest I've left my dog was a week and she stayed with my family. This trip is the first time I've left her with a friend and its 2 weeks.
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@GardenGerty (141667)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Usually I leave plenty of the preferred food and lots of water. I also have been known to board them all, although that is expensive. Sometimes the peace of mind is worth it, though.
@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
I can understand how peace of mind would be worth it. I'm always leery of the kennels because i really don't know the people who run them and Friends/Family I at least know my dog knows them.
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@littleone3 (2065)
11 Aug 08
When we go away my dad usually looks after my cats for me.(We only had cats at the time). But this year he is on holiday at the same time as us, so as my sixteen year old son has decided that he is staying home this time he will be looking after them. We are leaving him in charge of the pets so he has two cats, a dog and two hamsters to look afer.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
Thats awesome. He chose to stay home? I always hated missing out on family trips if i couldn't go.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Scoot - Scootsie was mad when we returned
I have cats, and the last time we went away for 5 days we left them home. I used really large bowls for their food and water. We left the TV on for their entertainment, and they were fine. When we got back they were rather aloof, well one of them was happy to see us. They really did not eat much food either. The fish just seemed to survive
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
I did that a couple times with my cat. When i got home he was extra lovey for about 2 hours then he was really aloof.
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@tlljones (36)
• United States
11 Aug 08
One year we found a hotel that allowed dogs. However, we really felt guilty leaving him alone in a new environment, so we haven't done that again. Luckily, my brother and my oldest daughter do not live that far from us. They have been elected as the dogsitters. If my brother is taking care of the dog; he will just stop by throughout the day to make sure he is fed and walked. If my daughter is taking care of the dog; she stays here to house sit and dog sit. So all works out well for us.
@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
I'd worry that the hotel would be upset my dog got on the bed or something! My boyfriend goes and stays at his parents place to take care of their cat when they go away. If he cant do it they take it with them or to his sister.
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@walijo2008 (4645)
• United States
11 Aug 08
When we go on a holiday or vacation, we usually get one of our friends to come and check on the dogs for us, he will usually feed and water them. He's always been good to do that for us. Sometimes my husband goes on vacation and I get to stay here and watch the dogs...lol.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
Sounds like how my parents do it. At one point they traded Christmas's going away with a friend one year they would go away the next year we would go away and We would take turns checking pets, cows, chickens etc.
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• United States
12 Aug 08
We travel constantly, and in fact are full-time RV'ers. So our pet goes with us most of the time. Occasionally we will fly somewhere to visit family or something. In that case we leave our dog at the kennel. It is nice to know that you don't have to worry about their care. And boy are they happy when you get back.
@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
That's awesome. Does your pet travel well?
@ersmommy1 (12594)
• United States
12 Aug 08
We don't really go away for anything more than a day trip. So our dog usually stays at home. But she gets really excited when when come back. My uncle has a key to the house. If we go away I am sure he would care for her. A kennel can get expensive, from what I heard.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
I've heard the same thing.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
12 Aug 08
it is not easy. i dont travel much when i have pets. just try to find someone you trust that is close to you and that you know likes animals. there are Pet Hotels but they are usually expensive.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
I agree that its not easy.
@MichaelJay (1100)
12 Aug 08
Our dog is 7 years old and ever since she was about a year old he has gone to a kennel, more properly called a pet hotel while we are on vacation. Most of the places we go to are far away and she wouldn't enjoy the long car journey or be able to stay in some of the accomodation we book. She is such a swetie, she is really popular at the kennel and she seems to enjoy her stay.
@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
Has your dog gone to the same kennel every time or did you have to change kennels at some point?
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
12 Aug 08
When our dog was still alive we would always try to find someone to watch her. Usually my sister in law would take her. We would return the favor by watching her dog when she was out of town. So it worked out for both of us. On the rare occasion she could not watch our dog, we had a friend house sit for us and watch her. It worked out good for him too, because he was living with a roommate at the time who drove him nuts so it was nice for him to have our whole house to himself for a week. He was more than happy to do it.
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@saundyl (9788)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
That sounds like it worked really well for you and your sister in law. I'm having someone watch my other dog at home when I'm gone and when She goes I'll check on her dogs. Shes also checking my house while I'm gone.
@aureliaz (1178)
• Singapore
12 Aug 08
Hmmm usually when my family goes on an overseas vacation, we tend to leave the dog at home with our domestic helper from the Philipines. If that isn't a viable option, then it's usually the local kennel or my cousin's house.
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
12 Aug 08
For me, it depends where I'm going and how long I'm going to be gone. We recently left on a ten day trip, so we boarded our one of our dogs with our vet. He has stayed there many times and is used to it. My vet will even take him home on the weekends so he's not locked up all day. I just got a puppy though, and didn't want to leave her with other dogs yet, so my mother was nice enough to take care of her for the duration of our absence. If we are going somewhere "pet friendly" then we well take them with us.
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