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Personal Suggestions When Leaving Pets behind, Temporarily.

Updated on October 19, 2017
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Maria Cecilia has a passion for dogs. Peso is her dog whom she loves eternally, and she dedicates all doggie articles to him.

My dear dogs.
My dear dogs. | Source

About Me

I am living alone and I have a work that gives good income which I use to provide for my dogs. At present I only have 2 dogs, Peso the dog in this article already died June of 2016, exactly one month before his 16th birthday. I came up with this article in 2010, when I needed to leave my country for three days to accompany my cousin to Singapore. My dogs are my family but there are times when I know I need to maintain my Human family too especially if they really requested me to be with them.

I wish to share personal suggestions or insights, specially for people leaving alone and for those planning to get a dog. Indeed having a pet means greater responsibilities too.

Peso My Dog I Mentioned in This Article.

My Dear Peso
My Dear Peso | Source

Travelling Sometimes is Inevitable

First I need to define what is Inevitable travelling. It is often work related, we can't say no because it is an order from the Boss to complete a task that will benefit the business. If there are no other emergencies like death in the family, or parents seriously sick or it happened to be your wedding day, resisting a travel as work requirement is equivalent to losing your job.

If travelling is inevitable, our pets also became our major concerns. Simply because we need to assure ourselves that they will be okay, while we are not with them. Indeed providing for them is not enough. We also need to give them time when no one can attend to them aside from ourselves. Unfortunately, it is not yet recognize in the workplace, that pet can be a major reason to excuse you from travelling, not everyone can understand your affection for your dogs, therefore it is either you stay with your dog or you lose your job.

If I have my way, I really avoid out of town trips or vacation, simply because my dog Peso has an ailment that needed strict attention and care everyday. He was not the type that became comfortable easily in my absence, so getting a nanny was a very scary thing..

But it is different when you know what to do. All you need is to organize your thoughts and plan carefully. Knowing what to do may help ease the stress you feel.

It is quite hard to leave a Dog that looks at you this way

MAC my youngest dog
MAC my youngest dog | Source

My Personal Suggestions Specially for Pet Owners Living Alone but with Pets

In case a call of duty will require you to go to a place away from home for a couple of days, or even when a relative requested you to visit them and stay with them for days, Here are my personal suggestions

  1. If possible bring your pets with you. If it’s a work assignment bring someone with you who can take care of your pets while you are doing your job.
  2. Leave your pets to someone who is not just your friend but a pet lover too. You may trust your best friend but if she’s not a dog or cat lover how can she take care of your pets without giving her much trouble and worst much trouble for your pets. Same applies if you want to leave your pets to your parents and siblings.
  3. Choose a Clinic that offers “Doggie Day Care”, but preferably choose one with Veterinarians and staff that already know your dog. In my case I chose Vets in Practice Clinic, because Peso is often treated in that clinic and although he did not like the veterinarians there, still he was familiar with them. And nothing beats your confidence when you know your dogs are in good hands.
  4. Expect to spend more. Assuring your pet’s safety is not free, if you are thinking of leaving him in a dog hotel; you will spend more or less 500/day depending on the size or weight of your pets. Even if you will leave him to someone who is an excellent dog caretaker or a trustworthy friend, you will still need to provide your pets’ food, vitamins, and grooming accessories; also you may need to include calming collar to lessen his separation anxiety. Make sure that his anti-rabies vaccination is updated if not, spend for it before you leave, this is necessary because a playful unintentional bite to the one looking after him can be very fatal. He must be treated with Anti-tick and fleas because we can never know what they can acquire in their new surroundings.
  5. List down everything from feeding instructions, vitamin intake schedule, grooming schedule, regular doggies stroll, how often he (your pet) poops and urinates, don’t forget to mention your pet’s behavior, is he the type to sneak around or love to run away and be chased? Because in that case you must alert the person who will look after him not to neglect your dog’s leash and collar. Give the list to those you chose to be left behind with your dogs.
  6. Pack all your doggy accessories ahead of time and don’t forget to include his vaccination certificate.
  7. As much as possible don’t volunteer for an Out of town Job assignment if you don’t have the means or the way to know with whom, or where to leave them. It is still a different story if you don’t have a choice.
  8. If you think your pet has behavior problems and or the type to develop separation anxiety, correcting the problem before you leave will not help, instead have more patience with them, don’t scold them when they whine while you are preparing to leave (of course our Pets knew it) Just don’t add more trauma to them, if you truly love your pets you should know what I am trying to explain here.
  9. If in case you found some suggestion here as too bothersome and extravagant, you always have a choice to just leave your pets at your home, and Just ask the God of Mercy, to spare your pets’ lives, that may they still be alive upon your return, and pray harder for yourself because only God knows what will happen inside your house with pets running the household for days.
  10. Or if worst comes to worst and you have no other options left (no more time to call friends or just don’t have the cash to spend for other pet expenses) at least leave them sufficient fresh, clean water to drink. But I do hope none of us will come to this point. This is just too cruel for your pets and for you too because it will surely bother you wherever you go and whatever you do.
  11. Always consider the number of days that you will be leaving your pets behind… as much as possible it should not be longer than 5 days or one week at the most. Or if your job really requires you to travel a lot, then maybe finding them a permanent loving home may never be a bad decision after all.
  12. And lastly, don’t think of getting a pet if having one is not your life’s real passion. Anything or someone that we consider with less value will always be placed at the backseat of our priorities, and that’s really unfair.

She is Irresistible How can I Leave Her

My only Female dog PM
My only Female dog PM | Source

My Solution

Like I said, I organized my thoughts and planned. It was my the first time to leave Peso after his series of surgeries so I was having second thought proceeding even though my cousin who answered almost all my expenses, already prepared for it few months ago.

A month before my departure, I am already decided that I am going to leave Peso in his Veterinary Clinic, I believe it was the safest place to leave him for they know the case of my dog, and they know his behavior.

I bought him a "Calming Collar" believing it will help lessen his separation anxiety, prepared everything that he might need,specially his favorite toy. Feeding instruction was also included because Peso had special diet.

According to the veterinarian that took care of him, Peso did not eat for three days but consistently drunk his water. and urinated inside his cage which was a good sign that nothing bad developed in his ailment while I was away, and three days without complete meal didn't really have that bad effect at all. He only lost 1 kg.

My three dogs at the gate
My three dogs at the gate | Source
Mac and PM
Mac and PM | Source

Case of other Pet Owners can be lighter than mine


Other pet owners’ situation can be a bit lighter as compared with mine because not all dogs have the same ailments as Peso, and not all dogs have the same behavior as Peso;

Therefore, leaving their dogs behind temporarily can be just a trifling matter. The only thing they need to consider is to “Where” or with “WHOM” to leave their dogs, and once they found the most trustworthy, then they can enjoy a “worry free” vacation or work out of town in full concentration and efficiency.

(In case you have more suggestions not mentioned in my list please share them with your fellow pet lovers, again let’s propagate love for animals and responsible pet ownership.)

My published article in Animal Scene Magazine for the Month of August

Animal Scene Magazine published only in the Philippines

This article was featured at Animal Scene magazine in 2010. I decided to bring the improved version at Hubpages, so that I can also share my experience to fellow dog lovers not only from Philippines but also across the world. Through Hubpages relatives and friends living abroad can read my story. After 7 years I am not sure if I can still find a copy of this magazine edition. So Thank you Hubpages for making this articles alive.

© 2010 Maria Cecilia

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      That's good Thelma, I think German dogs are tough and flexible....Angus will be alright...

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      We left Angus just for a few months. You know, we devide our months of living between the Phil. and Germany. So we could not always bring him everytime we go back to Germany because it will be costly and the trouble and stress that Angus will encounter for the travel. He´s very well taken care of by his 3rd boss, my nephew whom we trust so much. I have a friend in Mindoro, travels a lot and she´s doing the same thing with her German dog. It´s just the first 3 days that the dog will be sad and don´t like to eat. So don´t worry so much. I know, it´s better said than done;-)

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      oh that is sad Thelma but the good news is he is overcoming the feeling and started to eat again. hope the would be the same case with Peso, LOL so you came home in the Philippines? I hope you don't mind but why did you leave Angus to the Philippines? but whatever I know that will be an urgent reason for you to leave someone you love... thanks for visiting...

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Hi Maria Cecilia! Leaving a pet behind for a few days is sad. I left Angus for almost 3 months now in my house in the Philippines. Thanks God I have my relatives taking care of him while I am away. Angus was not eating for 3 days and was so sad for a few weeks but he overcome the feelings of sadness and he´s eating again. I hope, he´ll not forget me and my hubby. We miss him very much but we could not bring him back to Germany. Anyway, I´ll be back in a couple of weeks.

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Voted up and useful.

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks nosense for your comments, you maybe right but under exceptional cases like Peso, It was necessary, however nothing beats a family member if they can really be trusted when it comes to your dog. and are you aware now that some dog clinic that entertains doggie day care do have facilities for dogs so that they won't be locked in a cages for the whole day? but again these are limited to toy dogs or smaller dogs maybe. of course it is still best not to leave them, if there is only a way always to avoid leaving them... again thanks, and by the way you just can't leave your dog to a just vet clinic, you leave to vet clinic that you are comfortable, meaning you know the people there and you have open communication with your dogs' vet.

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      nosense 7 years ago

      For me if I have to leave my dog for awhile, I wouldn't entrust them to a vet clinic. I'm pretty sure that my dog will be locked up in his cage all day and it may add up in his anxiety. I will ask a family member to take care of my dog while I'm away.

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Febrie for visiting... I should know.. had a hard time leaving peso the last time I went to Singapore for a three day vacation... He did not eat for 3 days.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      This is very useful tips Maria, it's hard to leave your house with your pets inside, my parent have two dogs and they seldom leave their house together if there is no one that could take care of the dogs.

      Thank you for sharing!