By Marilee Namaka, General Manager of Bayside Pet Resort
Ever have a pet that gets “antsy” when the suitcases come out? Well… most pet owners are also a little nervous when they have to leave their beloved pet behind. Pets can be very intuitive and know when there is a change coming. Not only can they become a little nervous themselves, but often the anxiety of their owners can be contagious.
There are many things we can do as owners to make their lodging experience as stress free as possible. The first and most important is to try not to become anxious ourselves. Our pets often pick up on our vibes and become worried when we are. The next step is to find a lodging facility that most suits your pets’ needs. Do they have activities that can accommodate your pets’ high energy? Or can they meet the needs of a geriatric pet? These are all great things to consider when choosing a facility. Take a tour of the facility. It will help you to decide what suite will best suit their size & needs and you’ll have the chance to ask any questions that might come up BEFORE you are trying to leave on your trip.
When preparing for your pets stay it’s always best to bring their food from home. This helps to keep your pet from getting an upset digestive tract with a change in diet. Individually pre-bagging their meals helps to ensure your pet will get the same measurement of food at each feeding. Make sure your lodging facility has clear feeding instructions such as separating your pets during feeding time or elevating their bowls. The more information you can give your facility, the better.
Bring a special toy or blanket for your pet to help them feel more at home if you’d like. Always leave an alternate contact in the event you are unable to be reached during an emergency. The best advice we can give is to ask your lodging facility as many questions as you’d like. The more comfortable you are with the team caring for your pet, the more confidence you will be able to give your pet. Safe and happy travels!
Marilee Namaka is a Manatee County native. She has been working in the veterinary field since 1993 and has been a veterinary practice manager for many years. Marilee is an Organizational Leader in the 4-H Program and on the Board of the Manatee County Rabbit Committee, which supports our 4-H and FFA rabbit exhibitors.
The Namaka family share their home with 3 dogs, Jonas (Pembrook Welsh Corgi), Brady (Pittbull mix)and Pip (Chihuahua) . She loves spending time with her two daughters, husband and new grandbaby. Marilee also enjoys spending time at the barn with her beloved Friesian horse, Hedzer.