Like humans, there are pets with special needs. If you decide to go on vacation, providing the proper care for these pets can be a big challenge. Pets may be either disabled because of sickness or an accident. They may suffer from ailments which require special medication and special diets. Or, they may be old and subject to the usual symptoms of old age.
Dogs may suffer from ailments like anemia, diabetes, respiratory and skin diseases, diseases of the urinary tract, liver, kidney, heart and many other organs. Cats may have epilepsy, asthma, endocrine diseases and leukemia among others. Pets like these will require special care and treatments which need to be addressed when you go away on vacation. The pet may need regular injections or oral medication, cleaning of wounds or bandage changes and regular visits to the vet.
If your pet is old, it may suffer from arthritis and need special diets to keep its weight down and aid digestion. A special exercise routine may also be necessary to help with their blood circulation and slow down their deterioration. More time is needed to care for an aging pet because it can't always do things on its own the way it used to.
Boarding a pet with special needs in the usual pet care center is not always an acceptable option. Establishments of this sort are equipped to take care of healthy pets and attend to the usual needs of feeding and grooming. When special procedures are needed for your pet, they are often not prepared to handle them from a facilities or manpower standpoint. In many cases, pet care centers are reluctant to admit pets with special needs for fear of contaminating the other pets in the establishment. If your veterinarian offers pet boarding services, this is probably a better alternative. However, not many veterinarians do.
One very practical and often inexpensive solution is to engage house sitters who have the know-how and experience to look after a pet while you are on vacation. The house sitter will live in your home, take care of it and look after your pet according to your instructions. The sitter can also work closely with your veterinarian to make sure that all the medications and treatments your pet needs are properly administered.
Pets are creatures of habit and those with special needs, even more so. One big advantage of using house sitters is the pet stays at home in familiar surroundings where it is comfortable and at ease. The house sitter can give your pet undivided attention and can check with you or your veterinarian in case of emergencies or whenever the need arises.
Finding a house sitter with the skill and the patience to look after a pet with special needs may not always be easy. However, there are house sitting websites that have members who are willing to take on the job for a reasonable fee, or even for free if they really love animals. In exchange all they may want is free lodging in a city they've always wanted to visit.
Having a pet with special needs shouldn't necessarily deprive you of your vacation. Finding the right house sitter for your pet will make sure it's properly looked after while you relax and enjoy your time away.
Contributed by Mel Hogan. Mel is an animal lover, blogger and travel writer who works from home. Someone else’s home that is - thanks to house sitting. He currently writes for the house sitting website Mindahome.com.au