Back-To-School: Don’t Forget Your Pets!
Categories: Blog, Life, Pet boarding, Pet safety
Now that summer vacation is over and we're getting closer to the beginning of fall, backpacks are brimming with fresh notebooks, outfits are laid out to prepare for early morning alarms, and schedules are slowly but surely filling up with parent-teacher conferences, soccer practices, piano lessons, and more! While it may be a relief for parents to have their kids at school on the weekdays, these new routines can be a bit surprising to our furry, four-legged family members. Pets grow accustomed to habit, and certainly will have gotten used to receiving more attention during summer vacation.
Any change in your pet's schedule can cause distress, so there are a few ways that you can help make the back-to-school transition a smooth one for the whole family. Follow these tips to keep your furry friend safe and happy during new household routines, and all year long:
- Slowly begin any new routines.
Before making an drastic changes to your family's schedule, try to begin gradually shifting your schedules a few weeks beforehand. Start with early morning rises, then incorporate new mealtimes and new activities one-by-one so that pets can adjust to the routine, one step at a time.
- Enlist the help of a pet caretaker or boarding facility.
If your schedule requires your whole family to be away from home for the day or for extended periods of time, consider hiring a dog walker or someone to come check on your cat. At AHC, our boarding care facility has plenty of perks for both canine and feline boarders. Click here to learn more about our "home away from home".
- Unsafe foods for pets.
Stay updated and informed, knowing which foods are toxic to pets, and be sure that they are aren't reachable at all times - especially while you're away from home. Warn kids about the dangers of certain foods to our pets.
- Designate an area for school supplies.
Set up a specific area of your home - a hall closet, for example - where school supplies can be stored once kids return from home. Not only can foreign objects cause serious problems for our furry family members, but they age-old excuse of "eaten homework" may not go over well at school!
- Establish a routine playtime.
Pets always need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Giving them a scheduled playtime each day gives pets something to look forward to and helps reassure them that they they're not being forgotten. A group dog walk in the evening or time with your cat's favorite toys with the whole family will help bring everyone closer together.
- Consider microchipping your pet.
Make sure that your pet wears a collar with an identification tag at all times, and also consider microchipping - these tiny devices provide a unique identification number that links to your name, phone number and address. If your pet is lost, scanners are used by all veterinarians and animal shelters to help identify lost pets and reunite them with their families. At AHC, our microchip pricing includes life-time registration and we will even handle registration for you.
- Save our number!
Keep our contact information readily available in case your pet gets into trouble and needs our help. P: 732-972-3201