* A special guest post by CPC Cares – ‘Provider of Pet Cremation Services for bereaved pet owners with sensitivity and respect’.
So you’re off on holiday. You’ve got your neighbor to keep an eye on the house, to pop-in to water the plants, collect the post and your cat or dog is in the Kennels/Cattery.
What happens to your pet should they fall ill or pass away while you’re away?
Can I just say that the likelihood of this happening is very slim but in order to be a responsible pet owner you must prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
As responsible pet owners we should think about our expectations of what a kennel or cattery would do if the worst happens. Unfortunately we found that many pet owners had bad experiences when the kennel of choice didn’t deliver the service the pet owner expected. One reason we think that this is the case; most pet owners don’t plan for this scenario.
When researching your choice of Kennel or Cattery, there are some simple things you can do to ensure the care of your pet.
– Research your Kennel/Cattery. If it’s your first time using them, you should definitely see if there are any reviews online or ask around see if anyone else you know has used them in the past.
– Visit the Kennel/Cattery by yourself and then again if possible with your pet.
– ASK AS MANY QUESTIONS AS POSSIBLE.
Remember. Kennels and Catteries aren’t mind readers!
When leaving your pet in the care of someone else, like a sitter or friend, it should be common practice to give them the some information, for example your vet’s details and maybe some emergency money for bills, so why not give the same instruction to your chosen Kennel and Cattery?
You should also let them know the general well-being of your pet. How else would they know if something is out of character (other than missing you)? You should also provide any information or specific instructions on what you want to happen should they become ill.
Unless you give specific instruction they will act as they see fit, or they may wait until you return. Before you go on holiday you may find it provides you with peace of mind if you make your wishes known in the unlikely event that your pet passes away.
With a little planning you can avoid the distress that comes from not having your wishes met.