What To Do With Your Pets When You Travel

What To Do With Your Pets When You Travel

Planning to go on your travels is always so exciting. You’ve got the vacation destination lined up, and everyone is ready to go. There’s just one cloud hanging over your head; the pets. If you have pets, then you might avoid going on holiday because you don’t know what to do with them. You can’t leave them at home on their own, so what other options do you have? Well, here are some of the things you can do with your pets when you travel:

What do you do with your pets when you travel?

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Leave Them With Someone

The easiest option is to leave your pet with someone when you travel. If you live close to friends, family, or have a helpful neighbor, then they might do it for you. In some cases, they could be kind enough to do it for free. You’d expect so from your family anyway! Before you leave, you should give the person a detailed list of things to do to take care of the pet. In fact, you should show them this before they agree to take them in. This way they know what they’re getting into. If they think the responsibility is too much, then it’s better to look for other options. It’s better not to risk leaving your pet with someone that can’t commit to looking after them properly. But, if you find the right person who knows how to look after them and will do it for free, then you’re on to a winner.

Find A Pet Boarding Place For Your Pets When You Travel

If you don’t have anyone near you that you feel comfortable leaving your pet with, then this is a safer option for you. As it shows on www.petropolis.com, there are pet boarding places that take your pet in, care for them, feed them, and ensure they have a good time while you’re away. This is probably the best way to guarantee your pet gets fed properly. Also, you won’t return to them full of distress. The only downside is that you might struggle to find a location near you. It certainly costs more than leaving them with a friend, family, or neighbour. The longer you go away for, the more expensive it becomes. However, it’s still probably the safest option, and definitely, a good option for multiple pets that need to be looked after.

Take Them With You

Of course, you could always take your pet on holiday with you! There are some rules and exceptions of course; you need to ensure you’re allowed to take a pet on the plane for one. I think that sites like www.rspca.org have good resources you can use to know all the things to consider before taking your pet on holiday. It’s not always an option, but if you stay somewhere that’s pet-friendly, and your pet is allowed to travel, then it might be a great idea.

So, if you’re wondering what to do with your pets when you travel, these are the main three options you should consider. Now, you’ve got your pets sorted, and everyone can get ready to travel!


  1. Saundra McKenzie says:

    I would love to take my chihuahua with me everywhere, but she still throws up every time from motion sickness.

  2. Rosanne says:

    We’ve talked of getting a dog but this has always been a concern. Not being able to pick up and just leave.

  3. Stephanie Z says:

    This is good advice. Whenever we go on long trips we leave our dogs with family.

  4. Karen Jaras says:

    I have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and she is over 100# so I have to drive if I want to take her with me. As long as I stop every 5-6 hours to let he out, she loves to travel with us. She is not a barker, but she loves to hang out the window so there is a no open window rule as others at the stop can get nervous being near her simply because of her size. She is a well trained retriever and hunts with us all over.

  5. Kami Sundstrom says:

    Thanks for sharing! Our family is going to Disneyland in a few months and my only hesitation is where I am leaving my fur baby! He gets terrible separation anxiety 😣

  6. Kristi Friesen says:

    This is always something that I worry about if I want to go away. I agree that it’s probably the safest to board them somewhere that’s great.

  7. The reason I don’t travel is because of the amount of pets I have. I am so trepidacious about leaving them in someone else’s care.

    • I understand. It’s hard for my husband and I to travel as well, because of all the animals here on the farm. We’ve decided that we won’t be adopting any more dogs. We don’t get a lot of visitors, so it’s hard to find someone that can feed our dogs. We have the chicken and geese feeders and waterers set up so they only have to be filled every 3 or four days. I have one son and daughter-in-law that will come feed for us, but they both work, so as before, we still can’t be gone for extended periods of time.

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