Pet care checklist for your next home exchange
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If you're leaving your pet in the care of your house swap partner, it's a good idea to have a checklist of things you need to do before you leave.
Please feel free to use this one, or modify it to suit your purposes.
Pets will mostly be very happy with a live-in carer, but there are some things you should do before you leave to make sure everything goes smoothly. No one knows your pet like you do, and some of these secrets needs to be passed on. The better acquainted your swap partner is with the regular routines, the happier the animals will be.
Hotels and motels usually provide a folder of local information and phone numbers for the convenience of guests. Why not create something similar for your swap partners, so that all essential information regarding your pet's health and welfare is in the one place and easy to find? If you swap houses again in the future (and most members do), you'll be able to use this folder over and over again.
Here are some suggested inclusions:
Is your dog friendly towards people and other dogs — or not very sociable? Is he or she likely to head for the hills if let off the lead, and be hard to round up; or to swoop on other dogs and small children? Does your cat spray inside the house? Be upfront about this — your house swap partner really does need to know any quirks in advance, and how best to handle them.
Make sure you're stocked up on essentials for your absence, plus some extra should your return be delayed. Show your swap partner where your pet supplies are kept, and give them any specific instructions they need on things like:
Collect up possibly injurious articles and substances, and either dispose of them or put them out of your pets' reach. Also prevent your pets from getting into and out of areas which could lead to harm. Look out for things like:
A few thoughtful preparations can ensure your pet's health, happiness and safety, and add greatly to your peace of mind while you're away.