Boarding your pet: What to take along
Sometimes it's nice if your dog or cat can stay with a pet sitter. For example, during the Chrismas holidays you can enjoy city trips, Christmas dinners and parties without feeling bad or having to worry. But, of course, it is nice to have peace of mind when leaving your pet behind with a pet sitter. What do you have to take along when dropping off your pet to the pet sitters place? We've made this convenient little list for you.
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1) Passport and vets contact details
No, not your own passport of course - you'll be needing that yourself when you go on holiday :-) Your dog, cat or other beloved pet may have a medical passport, which you should leave with the pet sitter for the duration of the stay. Don't forget to give them your preferred vet's contact details as well. Chances are that they won't be needed, but there is always the possibility for a pet to fall ill. In that case it's important that the pet sitter is prepared and can act quickly, having all the necessary info at hand.
2) Food and medicine
Always provide your pet sitter with enough of your pet's familiar food to last for the duration of the stay. A change in diet is no problem for some pets, while others react badly to it or are just picky eaters. And it's always nice if they get their favourite food during their stay, isn't it? Don't forget to give the pet sitter some of their favorite chews, treats and snacks. Also remember to leave any medicine that your pet may require with the pet sitter, together with detailed instructions on when and how to administer it.
His favourite Kong, her favourite stuffed toy, his funniest squeeky mouse, or that half-chewed bit of rope ... Make sure your pet has something to play with, preferably their familiar toys from back home.
4) Beds and blankets
It's really quite something, staying over at the pet sitters home. It may take a little bit of getting used to for your pet. Take along their favourite bed and blankets, so your dog and cat can make themselves feel 'at home'. For dogs with separation anxiety, you can leave a worn piece of clothing of yours: The owner's smell can reassure them.
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5) Collar, lead, poop bags, cat litter, brushes ....
... and everything else you use more or less regularly for your pet. Don't just assume that the pet sitter has all of it at hand. Make a checklist and check it again before you leave.
6) Last but not least: Your contact details
You can easily keep in contact with your pet sitter via the Pawshake app while you are away, but do exchange phone numbers as well, just in case. Also tell them how to reach you at your hotel or wherever you're staying, so the pet sitter can always reach you in case of emergency.
You really don't want to miss your pet while you're away? The pet sitter can send you daily photo updates so you know what your furry friend is up to. Let the boarding begin! Or did we forget something? What would you take along for your pet? Tell us in the comments or follow the discussion on our Facebook page