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10 Signs That Your Pet Needs a Holiday

Pet owners often think of their pets as extended family members. Pets are purchased or gained in a large variety of methods. Some people adopt a dog or kitten from a pound; and others take in stray pets. Some people spend meticulous hours and days searching through breeder’s records to find the breed of dog that will best suit their family’s lifestyle. No matter how you came across your animal, the fact remains that pets have a way of becoming part of the family and are treasured and cherished by their owners. Featured Image Courtesy | Source

Major motion films are produced around pets, the pet retail industry is extremely successful, and accessories and clothing are sold for pets because their owners are fully invested in their canines. Dog owners have a way of treating a dog like a child or like a sibling. Pets go on holiday with their families; and when this is not possible, the owners will hire a pet sitter. All of these financial investments in pets happen because the pets are highly valued and their owners have a deep bond or connection with their dogs.

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A pet friendly holiday cottage in Windermere, Cumbria, England.
Just as people need time off and a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of life; pets also need holidays from time to time. It does a house pet a world of good to be able to go on holiday with its owner and to experience new sights, the outdoors in new ways, and to enjoy the reconnecting and bonding time with its owner. Dog travel opportunities supply the dog owners with a chance to take their dogs with them and to enjoy their holiday accommodationwith their favourite pet or pets. This also provides a great opportunity to the dog to be able to relax and to be physically and mentally stimulated.

Pet friendly holiday cottages provide the perfect atmosphere and accommodation for pet lovers who care enough about their pets to take them on holiday. Many pets will show signs of depression and a decrease in health when they are stressed and overcome by daily routines that have put a strain on them. If you believe your pet may need a holiday, check out the list below to see if your pet is displaying any of these signs.


The Ten Signs Your Pet is in Need of a Holiday

1. Shows lack of interest in playing normal games the pet is typically interested in. These games may be fetch or Frisbee

2. Has a decrease in appetite and does not eat all of its food

3. Becomes lethargic and uninterested in normal activities

4. Acts despondent and listless

5. No longer greets you eagerly at the door when this has been a regular habit

6. Refuses to get out of “bed” or its dog house

7. Acts physically ill and not as active or perky as it normally acts

8. Whines and seeks out extra attention

9. Simply seems unhappy and not as full of life as it normally seems

10. Is not interested in toys or treats that it is typically interested in

Be Sure to Rule Out Health Problems

Pets who demonstrate these symptoms may need to be seen by a vet to rule out any health problems. However, you should also consider taking your pet to a pet friendly holiday cottage to stimulate and uplift your pet’s mood. Depression and stress can settle into a pet the same way it affects humans. Much of the time, dog travel opportunities will help to relieve your favourite dog from a monotonous routine and will physically and emotionally stimulate and motivate your pet.


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