At the end of summer, when everything is getting a little crazed with back-to-school preparations and hunkering down for fall activities, don't forget that your pets will be feeling it, too. They're also a part of your family, and will pick up on your stress, anticipation, and excitement during this busy fall season. When you're planning your fall activities and transitioning from summer to the back-to-school season, make sure your pets are included (because they certainly think they are!)
Life will be a little easier for all of you if you keep these things in mind:
- Schedules. If you're going to be out of the house more in the fall, or your kids have a heavy load of activities (lessons, upcoming recitals, and sports), find your pet sitters and dog walkers now. It's a tough transition for pets to go from having everyone home in the summer to being alone during the school year. A pet sitter lined up for regular visits, or having an on-call helper available in a pinch, will make your life (and your pet's) happier, healthier, and less stressful.
- Travel. Planning end-of-season travel (weddings, family reunions, squeezing in one last weekender) should put you in proactive pet care mode, too. Make sure your dog or cat is properly immunized if they’re traveling with you, and be sure you have the proper transport and carriers to ensure their health and safety. See my previous blog post on Traveling by Plane with Your Pets for more tips. If you’re planning on leaving your pets at home, start lining up your pet care providers as soon as possible. Whether your pet will be going for a stay at a kennel, having in-home care, or even regular visits from your next-door neighbor, it's a good idea to be sure your pet is familiar with the new people who will be caring for him. Even if you're short on time, having your pet meet his new friend(s) before your trip can make a huge difference in his behavior and well-being in your absence.
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In times of transition, especially between seasons or when traveling, it's important to reassure your pets just as you would your kids. A little extra TLC goes a long way!