Can you have pets if you think you'll be away on vacation once or twice a year for a few days?
In your opinion, which of these are the best pets to have if you think you'll be away for a few days once or twice a year for vacation? Cats, dogs (probably not), birds, hamsters, beetles.
This should not limit you for pet options. If you have a close friend willing to watch the pet it would not be a problem. Look for animal boarding places in your area. They will take the pet and look after them for you.
Beetles? Any of the others, even beetles are a reasonable choice. In the United States you have several choices for caring for your pets while you are gone - boarding or pet sitters. I do pet sitting as part of my dog training and behavior modification services and care for peoples' dogs and cats while they are at work or gone on vacation or business trips.
Having a close friend is the best (and most affordable) option. I have 4 dogs, a parrot, and 3 ducks, as well as an aquarium of fish. I would not recommend a parrot, as even with a few days, they can grow an extreme separation anxiety and mutilate themselves, or be extremely upset causing a mass of emotional issues. A cat really is your best bet if you dont plan on having a friend or pet sitter- theyre pretty self sufficient and you can usually leave them with a supply of food, litter, and water, and they still will be happy to see you
I have 3 rescue dogs. When we're away they stay with our vet, which also boards. We do carry their beds to the vet because otherwise they're stuck on the floor. Or if you have friends and family, they can sit with them.
I guess the biggest problem I have is that we have no family or friends that would willingly look after our pets if we were to have any.
Check with a neighbor. A lot of them will trade with you. You take care of theirs and they take care of yours.
Boarding with your vet is an expense, but if you like your vet and he or she likes your dogs, then you know they are in good hands. The vet I use has a large fenced yard where a few of the dogs at a time get to run around and play with each other.
You can have pets of any kind. All you need to do is have someone take care of them-check on them daily and be sure they have food and water. A radio playing is a good idea so they have some sounds. In the case of dogs or cats, it is wise to take them to a reputable boarding establishment.
You can always get someone to look after your pets. If not, there are special services for this. If you can, why not bring them along?
We always board our three beagles at our vet in what they call a run, which is a bigger cage, so they can all be together. Bring some of their blankets. The vet uses the same food we use so there is usually no problems. I would not use a strange service to board them and I would not leave them at home, expecting somebody to come check on them. At the Vet's there are people constantly going by the cages, talking to the dogs, petting, feeding, etc. I think it is the best way to go.
I just take my dog with me. He gets in motel rooms for just $10 more. He loves to ride in the car. He loves to go camping.
The other pets all work too, you just need to find someone to take care of them when you are gone. Most teens love to get a job pet sitting. The gerbils we have go to my son's house. He takes care of them when we need to go out of town.
I think so. As long as you are able to have either a friend or family member watch them or take them with you you would be fine! The other option is to research different animal hotels.
Of course you can have pets and go on vacation. Sometimes they can go with you, and sometimes you have to get a sitter. I like it best if my mom watches them at my house, but in a pinch I will take them to be boarded at the vets, they don't like it, but they are safe there till I get back.
Thank you all for your thoughtful answers.
We do have a pair of stag beetles now. My son bought them at a pet shop earlier this month. I think my son's friend who lives in the neighborhood will look after them if and when we do go on vacation. I don't know if anyone would willingly look after cats, dogs, or birds if we ever did have them as pets. We don't own a car so we can't take our pets on vacation and the vet in the neighborhood only takes in animals that are recovering from surgery. So yes, having someone nearby to look after them is your best bet. My parents(who don't live nearby) would probably willingly look after the pets but we'd have to take them to their place and again, we don't own a car.
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