Consumer Watch: Finding the right place for your pet while you travel

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 6:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – With JCPS heading into a mini-break for the rest of the week, many families are taking small vacations, leaving their pets behind.

Long car rides and plane trips can be stressful for both pets and pet owners.

At our home, we’re lucky to have a neighbor we pay to take care of Buster but not everyone has that option.

“I just had a regular boarding place and my dog hated it and it was very evident that she didn’t like it,” pet business owner Robin Herman said.

Herman runs more of a doggie day care than a kennel. It has plenty of outdoor space, personal space for Fido and personal attention that many dogs away from home need.

"What really put us at ease was they showed us this picture of him chasing another large dog around and the way they took the picture it actually looked like he was smiling as he was chasing the dog around," pet owner Branna Shores said.

The important thing to keep in mind is that every dog is different. Some dogs don’t play well with others; some are too old to interact while others left in a cage all day would lose their minds.

To avoid surprises Angie Hicks from Angie’s List says to visit the facility beforehand with your pet.

For cat lovers, there are three specific questions you should ask when boarding.

Are cats housed away from dogs? Is there enough space for cats to move around comfortably?  Is there enough space between the litter box and food bowls?

Finally, make sure to ask if the facility is a member of the Pet Care Services Association.

P.C.S.A. members comply with all the applicable laws and ordinances and follow a specific code of ethics.

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