Who can look after my pet when I go away?

Swapping the miserable UK weather for a sunny getaway soon? We don’t blame you! But before you make your way to Gatwick, here’s a few things you need to consider to ensure your pet remains in safe hands. 

Ask your friends and family 

People you know and trust are your best bet when it comes to babysitting your beloved pet. If possible, get them to visit or stay in your house (depending on your animal’s breed and needs!). This will cause the least amount of disruption to your pet – especially if you have a small animal or a cat. 

If your pet must stay at the pet sitter’s house, make sure they have an item of your clothing or their favourite blanket so as to provide a sense of familiarity. 

Use a registered pet sitter 

In the case that leaving your pet with a relative or close mate isn’t feasible, then you might want to use a pet sitter. However, it is very important to check that they are officially registered and have a squeaky clean background (e.g. no criminal record and good references). 

Meeting the pet sitter and acquainting them with your pet is also key to establishing trust and ensuring your pet feels comfortable in their presence. You can also use this time to outline expectations and any special needs your fluffy companion may have. 

Pet boarding service 

Another alternative to getting your friends or a pet sitter to help out, is to leave your pets in a pet boarding facility. Again, there are a few factors to take into consideration when choosing a pet boarding service such as:


  • Are they licensed?
  • Do they have emergency insurance? 
  • Is the level of cleanliness up to your standards? 
  • Are they equipped to look after your pet in terms of medical needs? 
  • Will your pet have room to exercise? 
  • Would you feel comfortable leaving your pet there? 


If you’re not happy with the first place you visit, keep looking until you find a pet boarding service that ticks all your boxes. Otherwise you’ll spend the whole holiday worrying rather than relaxing!

Vets, remind your clients of their options and make sure they provide emergency contact details, info about medical conditions and dietary requirements to their chosen animal carer! 

Get in touch with our consultants now on 0203 9784 104 if you’re looking for a new role in the veterinary sector.