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Leaving Your Pet while You are Away: Tips to Keep Them Happy While You’re Gone!

Making the decision to leave your pet for a vacation or to visit far away family can be a difficult one to make. Here is where Wagging Tails has you back! We are licensed, and fully insured and bonded. We take pride in caring for your pets as if they were our own. It can be stressful for a pet to not only be away from you for a finite amount of time, but also be in a new place. We take out the stress of boarding your pet by coming to your home and visiting with your pets in an environment they know and is safe to them.

We help by keeping your pets on a routine they have already thrived on and helping to cope with your absence for the time you are away. Wagging Tails has put together a list to help our clients make the transition from owner to pet sitter much easier and ensure your pets happiness.


Double Check your Information

Once you have your services approved in our Time to Pet portal, make sure that the information we have on your pet and your home is still accurate. If you are a new client you will want to add information on each pet pertaining to how many times and at what times your pet eats a day, where the food, leashes, bowls, cat litter and any other pet care items may be, and access to cleaning supplies and dry towels should they be needed. If your pet needs medication be sure to leave instructions on how to administer, times, and where the medication will be left. A pet's temperament is also a great thing to note along with how a dog acts when they are leashed.

Access to your home should also be noted in the portal. Gate passes, door, garage, and/or alarm codes must be added to the portal if they are needed. If a door sticks, or if a lock is broken are always helpful things to know before a visit. Please also note days your trash and recycling picks ups are, as we can take care of that for you. If anyone else has access to your home and will be visiting your home in your absence, we must know prior to our visits.

Having all of this information will ensure our visits to your home and with your pets go smoothy. We take care with the details and work on helping your pets feel comfortable while you are away.

Gather your Pet Supplies

You should make sure you have enough pet supplies to last your four-legged friend the entire length of your trip (and a little longer, in case you get held up):

  • Food dry food, wet food and treats

  • Pet safe litter and/or newspaper

  • Medications, including when and how much to give.

  • Cleaning supplies, such as paper towels and an enzymatic cleanser.

  • Pet wipes and/or old towels

Other supplies you should leave out:

  • Leashes and Harnesses

  • Pet waste bags or plastic grocery bags

  • Toys and Chews

Keep the goodbye short and sweet

When it’s time to leave for your vacation, the best way to do so is to keep the goodbye short and sweet. Dragging out a farewell with guilt can often lead to unnecessary stress on your pet (and yourself). Instead of saving all the attention at the last moment, spend special time with your pet in the days leading up to your departure.

Prepare your dog and your home

Your last step should be to prepare your home for your departure, take care of any safety hazards and spend some one-on-one time with your pet to get them ready for a few days without you:

  • Shut off any areas of the house where you don’t want your pet to go.

  • Make sure all cleaning products, insect and weed killers, rat poison and medicines are out of your pet’s reach.

  • Repair any holes in your fence and secure all gates.

  • Give your pet plenty of affection and reassurance before you leave.

A little preparation can go a long way in making everyone feel more at ease when you leave your pet with a sitter. The Wagging Tails is here to ensure that ease continues while you are away, by sending you instant updates on your pets along with photos so you can rest easy knowing your pets are in good hands.

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