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Caring for Your Pets: A Guide for Those Who Travel Frequently

Dylan is a freelance writer and contributes articles with solutions to common issues like finding pet-care coverage during travel.


Having a pet can be very difficult, especially when you find yourself needing to leave for extended periods of time. Several problems come up that you will need to find a solution for, like:

  • How will my pet get fed?
  • Who will look after my pet?
  • How will my pet do their business?

Some of these problems will be easy to solve while others will be more difficult. If you are someone who owns a pet and has to travel frequently, take a look at the some of the tips below to help keep your pet happy while you are gone.

1. Hire a Pet Sitter

The easiest solution to having your pet taken care of during your absence is to hire a pet sitter. They will be able to feed your pet, let your pet out, and give your pet attention if they have separation anxiety. If you’re not comfortable hiring someone or if you can’t find someone in your area who is qualified, consider asking a family member to look after your pet while you’re gone.

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2. Purchase Automatic Bowls

There are several bowls on the market that are programmable and will give your pet food and water at set times throughout the day. If you can’t find anyone to look after your pet while you’re gone, consider buying one of these bowls to give food and water to your pets while you’re gone. However, these bowls won’t hold enough food and water to feed your pet for weeks on end. If you plan to be traveling for a while, you will need to find someone to refill the bowls.

Important: Keep in mind that with automatic feeders, you risk the possibility of a malfunction.

3. Install a Pet Door

You can eliminate the need of someone having to let your pet out by installing a pet door into your regular back door. Before you do this, make sure that your backyard or the area behind your house is secure to ensure that your pet won’t be able to escape while you’re gone. Repair all holes, reinforce your fence, and eliminate any spots that your pet can jump over.

4. Send Your Pet Away

If there is absolutely no way that you can find a way to take care of your pet while you are gone, consider sending them to a daycare. Pet daycares are generally great places for pets to stay and will keep your pets entertained, fed, and happy for the period of time that you are gone. Make sure that you do your research, however, and choose the option that will be the most affordable for you and the best for your pet.

It can be difficult to find the resources necessary to care for your pet while you’re away, but there are plenty of options out there that will keep your pet safe and happy while you’re traveling. If you know that you will have to leave your home soon, use the four tips above to help you decide what to do with your pet. Remember, do what’s best for them.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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