is not far off, and beyond it are other holidays and
opportunities to enjoy family and friends at their homes
you’re traveling, hosting or experiencing some of
each, here are ideas for making sure your home and your
pets are holiday-ready.
you leave home
a house sitter or ask a neighbor or friend to check on
your home while you’re gone, bringing in mail,
newspapers and taking out trash. Another way to make
your house appear occupied is to leave a vehicle in the
driveway or ask someone else to park there occasionally.
Use an automatic timer to switch lights on and off or
use a remote-control security system.
Hire a lawn care service or ask a neighbor to take care
of your lawn or shovel your walkways.
sure your pets are in good hands while you’re gone. It’s
important to start early when seeking high-quality pet
care when you travel before a major holiday. Top-rated
kennel operators say their facilities often reach full
capacity two weeks before any major holiday. Also, note
that most will require that pets are up to date with
may prefer that your pets remain at home when you’re
gone, so here are tips for finding either a good pet
sitter or boarding facility:
Ask your veterinarian, family and friends for
recommendations. Check reviews on a trusted online site,
as well as references.
Confirm appropriate licensing and insurance.
Ask how often your pet will be fed, walked or played
with. Ask about training, including pet CPR, and what
will happen if your pet gets sick or the sitter can’t
get to your house for some reason.
Have a sitter candidate visit your home in advance and
observe how he or she interacts with your pet.
Visit any boarding facility you’re considering, and
check out the specific area where your pet will stay.
the guests arrive
time, as much ahead of the arrival date as possible, to
be sure everything’s tidy, from carpets to corner
cobwebs. Keep in mind that cleaning pros also get full
during the holiday season, so hire any help as early as
giving yourself the gift of a deep cleaning, which will
last beyond your guests’ stay. Cleaning experts
recommend a deep cleaning about every six months.
Potential targets include areas behind furniture and
appliances, baseboards and other trim, ceiling fans,
windows and HVAC vents.
sure your pet, too, is clean, fresh and ready for
guests. Here are some tips for finding a quality dog
Choose a grooming service that requires you and other
patrons to provide proof of vaccinations.
Ask what type of training the groomer has and if the
staff gets continuing education. Be sure to visit the
grooming facility before you make an appointment.
Visit the salon and make sure it’s clean. Observe
where your pet will be before and after grooming. See
what products are used and confirm that towels are
washed and disinfected between use.
you’re boarding your pet or having someone come to
your home, ask if the kennel or sitter provides grooming
services. Your post-travel reunion will be even more
enjoyable if your pet smells great and feels soft.