How To Take Care Of Your Pets On Vacation?
How To Take Care Of Your Pets On Vacation?
Taking an extended weekend off is more common in the summer. So how do you take care of your pets while on the extended vacation? Leaving for a weekend is a lot different than leaving for two weeks. There are different steps to take per each pet when leaving them alone for extended periods of time. Breaking each one into a separate category is the best option & if we didn’t cover your exotic pets this guide is a general rule for most pets.
Being a dog owner is tricky when traveling since they need to be taken out almost daily. If you don’t have someone that is able to take your dog out for walks and general upkeep you might want to search for a dog sitter. There are plenty of options out there, but the cheapest options are closer to home like a niece or a cousin.
There are several smart home products that can take care of most tasks automatic water feeders, automatic dog bowls, smart cameras and more. There are even smart dog doors that lock and open when your pet gets within a certain range. While we don’t recommend leaving your dog at home alone with all the smart products that are available today you can leave them for a weekend especially if you have a smart doggy door and all the necessary smart dog tech products.
If you are leaving on vacation longer than two weeks, we would recommend putting them either in a kennel which is the last alternative or have family & friends take care pf your pets. Having a sitter is also an option where you can leave your dog with them but that may take a toll on your wallet.
Cat owners have it easier than dog owners where you can leave it at home purely with smart products. If you have an automatic kitty litter box and automatic feeders, you for the most part you are safe. We recommend having a smart camera as well to check up on your cat every so often making sure that they are doing fine.
Cats are great animals to leave at home for extended weekends and even longer we do however recommend someone stops by every few days to make sure everything is working properly. Cats are more independent pets and can be left alone for a while without any repercussions. Taking your cat with you on vacation might also be an option where we covered it in an article here.
If you are leaving on a vacation longer than two weeks, we strongly suggest that someone follows up with them every few days. We also recommend having a few cat toys that they can play with by themselves.
It is hard to generalize all reptiles into this category, but we will try our best. For reptiles that don’t need to eat daily like snakes can be left alone for a week since that is their normal feeding cycle. For some snakes when they reach adulthood, they eat every 10-14 days. They do however need fresh water having still water is a problem which can be remedied by a water reservoir. You can make one yourselves if you are handy which can save some money.
If you have reptiles that eat daily like chameleons and bearded dragons it is a lot harder to leave them alone since they don’t have an automatic feeder. If you are leaving for only a few days, you can add additional crickets to their normal feeding cycle, and they should be fine without eating for a few days if they have clean water.
Most reptiles need high humidity which they have automatic misters to keep the humidity high. Having someone come in to feed your reptiles is important especially if they need to be fed daily. Since there aren’t many places to board exotic reptiles you would need someone to come in to feed your reptiles. This can be tricky to find someone confident enough to feed and take care of a snake or any other reptile. Making the necessary accommodations for your pet is crucial during long vacations.
There are two types of fish owner’s saltwater and fresh water. Fresh water fish are generally easier to take care of. For the most part you can get a feeder which can last two weeks which you can throw it in and not worry. Since saltwater fish must have certain parameters met it can be harder to leave them for extended periods of time. For the most part saltwater aquariums can be monitored by smart products to increase the salinity and parameters to keep everything running smoothly. Fish have it the easiest of all the pets listed here and if you find yourself traveling often fish can make great pets for you.
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- Pet Life Admin