Well, there are three options, right?
1. Take them with you
This is most common with dogs, especially with small ones. Consider all the steps that have to go into taking a pet with you. Check that everywhere you’re staying is pet-friendly. If you’re flying, read up on airline regulations and procedures for with furry friends. Make a list of necessary supplies—leash, crate, clean-up materials, medications, food, bowls, etc. And think carefully about whether your pets will be more comfortable staying with you in unfamiliar places, or staying in a familiar place (home) without you. Similarly, will you have as much fun while taking care of your freaking-out Fido?
2. Board them at a kennel
Ask people for suggestions about a good kennel. If you have a potential one, go check it out. Is it clean? Do the staff seem trustworthy? What is their plan for care? Do the animals seem happy. And—this isn’t irrelevant—can you afford the rates? If you can use the same kennel as you have in the past, your pets will probably be more comfortable.
3. Have someone you trust look after them
This option actually splits in two: either have someone pet sit—that is, someone physically stays at your house, or your pets stay at theirs—or have someone look in on them daily. A check-in to feed and cuddle may be enough for independent cats, while sleepovers probably work better for dogs that need a lot of attention and exercise. What you choose may depend on your friends’ availability, and how much you’ll worry if your loved ones don’t have access to a friendly face 24/7. Remember, the transition will go MUCH better if your pets know this person in advance, and get used to spending time with her.
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