Your Caretaker; your furry friend’s best friend, while you’re away

Make sure your caretaker has yummy treats to share with your furry bestie while they’re around!  (Snuffles-Image: Sandi Martinez)
Make sure your caretaker has yummy treats to share with your furry bestie while they’re around! (Snuffles-Image: Sandi Martinez)

by Sandi Martinez

Okay, so most of you, whom have gone away on vacation, leave your furry friends in good hands while you’re away. A major concern is how they react, while in the hands of their caretakers that can cause anxiety for both their human companion while they’re away and the caretaker. What to do? This is separation anxiety, and many of you might even feel this with your significant other when they’re gone on business trips, or other various reasons, having to leave their better half home.

While our significant others can make sense of it logically, and are blessed with coping mechanisms, what of your furry friends who have no clue how to rationalize your absence?

Here are a few tips that can help ease the transition of your upcoming absence and the freak-out your little animal companion may endure: (And we all know the frustrating results of unhappy furry friends!)

  • Consider taking your furry friend(s) in for a massage a few days to about a week before you go on your trip, in order to help increase muscle relaxation, and the opportunity to start releasing endorphins; this may roll out the red carpet for ease of separation.
  • Give your caretaker time and ample opportunity to plant a seed of bonding if there is time prior to your trip.
  • Make sure your caretaker has yummy treats to share with your furry bestie while they’re around!
  • If your little friend is a dog, by all means, go on walks with the caretaker, and let them walk the dog.
  • If your little friend is a cat, all of the above applies, except for the walking (unless your cat likes walks!)
  • Leave a piece of your clothing with your scent on it in various places where they are most likely to hang out while you’re gone.
  • If they insist on playing hide-and-seek, but the caretaker is the only one doing the seeking, it might help to plant some yummy treats where they can find it, and have your caretaker talk to them gently.
  • Take your little furry bestie in for a post massage upon your return. This again, will help to relax tense and stressed muscles and will release the endorphins helping to ease pent-up anxiety.

We know this – we don’t need reminding – but our animal companions are brilliant, and they understand far more than we give them credit for. Be sure your caretaker understands this, and absolutely loves animals! It’s not good enough that they ‘like’ animals; they must LOVE them, and love yours as you would, if you were home. Did I leave anything out folks? If so, share your thoughts with RMSAAM! Happy trails folks!

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