What to do with your dog when you go on holiday

It’s a very difficult decision, you want to do what’s right for your dog and the financial implications can be significant. Here are some of our top choices.

Keep your pet at home when you travel

Have your pet taken care of inside your home

Hire a Professional Pet Sitter

The main disadvantage of hiring a sitter is that it can be a bit costly. £30 per visit is fairly standard, which can add up over longer trips. Professional sitters are generally very dependable (but check references carefully) and they know how to take care of animals. Your pet sitter may even have Pet First Aid training and should be insured. This option works particularly well if you have a few animals and can work out cheaper than a kennels. Pet sitters generally visit once a day for dogs and twice for dogs.

Ask a Neighbour, Friend or Family Member

This is usually the cheapest option, and is especially good if your pet is familiar with their sitter. If you ask a neighbour or a friend who lives nearby, they can probably come more often than a paid professional. The downside is that if your sitter sees it more as a favour than a job, they might not be as responsible as someone that is being paid.

If you want to make their job a little easier, consider getting an automatic water fountain or food dispenser for your pet; check out the options on the internet.

Find a House Sitter

House sitters usually live full time in your house, so your pets theoretically get the same care you would give them. Pets get constant supervision and attention.

Because a house sitter lives in your house while you’re away, you would need to be comfortable with them having full access to your things. This is generally an affordable option, as you’re trading accommodation for pet care, though some pet sitters are paid extra.

Advantages of leaving your pet at home:

  • Your pet is in their familiar setting (especially good for dogs)

  • There’s no danger of damaging other people’s things

  • Food, toys, yard, cage, etc. are already set up and your pet already knows the lay of the land

  • No other animals to compete or fight with

  • Your pets can eat the same foods as usual and can keep up with their daily routine

  • The people looking after your pets can also watch the house for you (taking in mail, cleaning walkways, turning on lights, etc.) to give the appearance that someone is home

  • You can just leave the keys and go