LEAVING YOUR PET HOME ALONE FOR THE HOLIDAYS



With the holidays coming, pet owners run into the predicament of what to do with their pets if you have to leave them for an extended period of time. We may want to take our pets everywhere with us, but that’s not always possible. When this happens there are things that must be taken into consideration. 


1. Bathroom Breaks: Depending on the age or medical history of your pet, it will determine how frequently they need to be taken outside. Younger and older pets require more frequent bathroom trips. Certain medical conditions may require your pet to have to use the bathroom more frequently as well. 


2. Energy Level: Just like people, pets differ in their levels of energy and expectations in how much daily exercise they need. A couch potato might be content to lay on the couch all day. Dogs with high energy levels need the stimulation or may take it out in different ways, such as persistent barking, destruction of the house or inappropriate urination or defecation. 


3. Separation Anxiety: It is fairly common for pets to have separation anxiety. When left alone they can become depressed and/or destructive. If this is a concern, speak to your veterinarian or a behaviorist. 


There are some steps you can take to make it easier for your pet to be left along for an extended period of time and to provide you with some piece of mind while you’re away from your four legged family member.


1. Dog Walker: Just having a professional dog walker or family/friend can provide a little stimulation to your pets day and lessen the chance of an accident in the house. 


2. Toys and Treats: Providing something for your pet to play with while you’re gone will stimulate them and keep them from acting out, out of boredom. Toys with treats hidden inside of them are a great example. Stay away from anything that requires supervision. 


3. Daycare: Some pets are not capable of being left alone for an extended period of time. If this is the situation, search your area for a reputable daycare center where your pet can be supervised. 


4. Crate Training: If your pet is comfortable and used to being in a crate then it is a safe environment for while you are away. Make sure it is large enough for your pet to move and turn around. 


5. Create a Safe Environment: Make sure there is no food or dangerous items within your pets reach. This is especially true for the holidays and any decorations that maybe within your pets reach. 


Leaving your pet unsupervised for an extended period of time is doable as long as the necessary steps are taken and your pet is a good candidate for it and their needs are met. 


Don't want to leave your pets home alone? Please, feel free to bring them to our professionally equipped pet hotel at Summit Dog and Cat Hospital. To read more, please visit the BOARDING PAGE.


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