Your pet can’t always come with you when you travel (unfortunately). Whether you’re taking them to the board, this is how you should prepare to give them the best experience.


Pet Care Options

Cross-country flights and grandmas with delicate China collections mean that pets aren’t always ideal traveling companions. If you’re wondering where you can leave your dog when you go on vacation or how to find a companion for your cat during your weekend business trip, you have the option of:


  • Pet boarding: Boarding your dog or cat means they stay outside your home while you’re gone. It may be at a boarding kennel, a pet boarding facility, a doggy daycare center that does overnights, private in-home pet boarding in someone else’s house, or a more luxurious option like a pet hotel. Pet boarding can be great for social pets and may include extra services like a pet groomer. Traditional pet boarding may not be the best option for pets with behavioral issues or pets who aren’t kennel trained.


There are many boarding services out there, and looking for accredited providers will help to ensure that you’ll get someone you can trust. 

Once you’ve found where you can leave your dog when you go on holiday to keep your pet happy, it’s on to phase two: preparing everything your cat will need for their staycation.


What to Always Pack

When you decided on the right boarding for your pet, there are some essentials that you should always pack for your dog or cat. When you’re trying to make your cat or dog feel comfortable away from home, you’ll have to pack a little bit of home to take with them. The good news is that boarding facilities are well-prepared with all sorts of pet care supplies from toys to grooming, so it makes your packing list pretty simple. Make sure you have the following ready to go for your pet to bring along for your pet’s boarding stay:

  • Identification: Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with a current ID tag—even better, have them microchipped too for extra security!
  • Care instructions: Does your pet have any unique needs? Whether it’s instructions on how to prep their food, the triggers for their anxiety, or the lullaby they need to hear before they go to sleep, write it all down for their caretaker.
  • Emergency contact information: Include phone numbers for your pet’s veterinarian and a trusted friend to contact if you can’t be reached.
  • Medication: Do they need to take daily supplements or medications? Make sure their career has enough for their whole stay and knows how to use them.
  • Medical records: Provide your pet’s career with all the details of their current vaccinations, medications, allergies, and medical conditions as well as their pet insurance information (if you have it).
  • Good collar/harness and leash: If your pet needs to be walked outside, make sure they have a well-fitting collar or harness they can’t slip out of and a leash they’re comfortable with.
  • Pet food: Your pet will be the happiest (and so will their tummy) if they eat their normal food while they’re away, so make sure to pack dog food for boarding. Prepare the amount of food you need to last for the full length of your cat or dog’s stay plus a little extra, just in case. For example, if you’re leaving your dog in boarding for a week, pack eight days' worth of food.
  • Pet treats: You can’t go wrong with including a few of their favorite treats, especially if they have any dietary restrictions that would prevent them from chowing down on the boarder’s house treat selection.
  • Their favorite things: You don’t need to bring their whole toy box, but if your pet has a favorite toy, bed, or blanket that comforts them, let them bring it along!


Tick off all the boxes on this packing list, and you’ll be well on your way to preparing your pet for boarding. Being separated from your best friend can be difficult for both of you, but with the right prep, you’ll each be able to enjoy your vacations worry-free.


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