Worried About Leaving Your Shy or Fearful Pet?

One of the downsides of traveling to explore the world or business is leaving our furry ones behind for a period of time. We all would love to take them with us, but this isn’t possible given the geography we are in, budget and the paperwork it involves.

So leaving your pet has been proven difficult, particularly if you have shy or fearful pets like ours, this develops worry, and an anxiety which sticks with us throughout our trip. A lot of people talk about separation anxiety in pets but tend to forget that pet parents can experience them too.

If you are not familiar with the term, here is a quick definition. It is a form of anxiety that is a well-documented psychological condition wherein a person (applies to pets too) experiences extreme anxiety concerning separation from things they are familiar with. And I am not embarrassed to say that I’ve personally been through this several times.

We have no doubt that many of you feel the same way when you travel without your pets, whether it’s for business or pleasure. However, we can take steps to ensure their well-being while we’re away, so we can worry less knowing they are in good hands and enjoying their time too.

Here is what you can do

1 – Find a buddy:

The benefits of pets being in their own home is countless. Several studies have shown that this is a best option to ensure the well-being of your furry ones. It means that your pet doesn’t have to go through stress and find ways to cope with unfamiliar environments, people and other pets without you. Alternatively, you can find a buddy who provides a homey environment and who is the right match for your shy/fearful pet.

2 – Plan ahead:

With a shy or fearful dog & cat, you will need to plan ahead of time. Some can take weeks or even months to get comfortable with their new buddy, when entering your home, walking them, new body language, voice or for them to get used to their buddy’s home if you plan to leave them there. You would also want the buddy to feel comfortable and certain about looking after them.

3 – Leave prepared

Leave your buddy with detailed instructions such as how to reach you or your family member in case you are not available. Emergency numbers, walking schedules, routes to avoid, meal schedules etc. That way you can be assured that your buddy will know how to proceed. It makes it a lot easier to relax when you’re gone. 

Good to know: Premium buddy also has access to our 24/7 vet line for any support they may need or for an emergency triage.

4 – Communicate & Check ins:

Explain and agree with your buddy on the frequency of updates, pictures or videos. We personally love receiving them. However, make sure it doesn’t feed your anxiety, so work it out with your buddy.

Bonus Tip:

Since our members do not charge and are happy to help you and your pet in exchange for the same or for some furry companion, it wouldn’t hurt to get them something from your trip to say thank you.

P.s. Here are some of our recent blogs you may be interested

A guide to pet-sitting & holiday care during COVID-19

How to use MyPetBuddy for pet holiday care

Leaving Your Pets is Hard

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