Holidays are just around the corner, are you traveling or staying home? Are you visiting family or hosting a holiday feast and going out of your mind (or not, if you love to entertain and are much better organizer than me)? And the most important question of all, how is your pet taken care of during all that?

From Wikipedia: “A pet is an animal kept for companionship and enjoyment or a household animal. The most popular pets are noted for their loyal or playful characteristics, for their attractive appearance, or for their song. Pets also generally seem to provide their owners with non-trivial health benefits; keeping pets has been shown to help relieve stress to those who like having animals around. Walking a dog can provide both the owner and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction.”Hop over to this web-siteĀ pet sitter Charlotte.

That insert was from Wikipedia but for the proud pet owners like us word pet means love and family, we simple adore those little (or big in some cases) creatures that live in our homes and our hearts and taking good care of them is not an option, it is an imperative. Which brings us back to the topic, what to do with your dog or cat, or any other pet in your household, during the holidays?

If you are traveling, there are only two available options, take your pet with you or leave it behind. The best one is to take it with you of course, so you don’t have to worry of your pet staying behind (only about your dog chewing hostess’s favorite shoe, but that is totally different topic). If that is not an option in your case that means your “little one” is staying and you better think of good and acceptable solution quickly. There are pet facilities to take care of your dogs for a lengthy period of time available, you are usually required to come there in advance and see how your dog/cat will do in new environment and interact with other animals around.

Nothing wrong with these,they are great, I just know that after one of my dog’s stays in such facility we ended up with flees on our dog and in our house that took loooong time to get rid off. Since than, we prefer to have someone take care of our dog either at our or their house. If you never used that person before please ask for references and call these people. That is very important, you want to make sure that your pet will be properly taken care of. You can also check with your neighbors, if anyone would like to “test” having and taking care of the dog while you are gone would be great, that option is probably cheaper and you already know you can trust these people to do a good job.

If you are not traveling than you just need to make sure your pet gets his food and walk while you are either cooking, hosting or visiting during holidays. Preparing big meal and getting your house clean and ready for visitors is a big job, don’t deprive your doggy of one of its favorite activity, please find someone to walk and play with your dog while you are busy doing other stuff. Dog walking services are great solution in cases like this. You can go with professional dog walking services (it is their full time job, usually insured and bonded) or just hire kid from down the street, as long as you trust them and know they will do a great job in caring for your precious family member.