If you're going away on holiday and you can't take your dog along with you, the best (not to mention cheapest) option is to leave your pet pooch with a friend or member of the family who is happy to take care of your pet.

However, to ensure that the stay goes smoothly and that you can relax safe in the knowledge your pet is happy there are a few considerations you ought to bear in mind.

First of all, if at all possible it is a good idea to leave your pup with someone they know well and are happy around or at least have visited once or twice.

It's best if this person has owned a dog before, but if not make sure that they are aware of all their legal obligations while caring for the dog, including keeping your pooch under control and clearing up after them.

You should also make sure your friend has the details of your dog's vet and your phone number while you're away so all the relevant people can be contacted in the case of an emergency.

If your dog is microchipped it is important to ensure the microchip register is informed of the change of contact details if you're going to be away for more than a few days and that your pooch has a temporary identification tag.

It's essential to leave your friend with enough of your pooch's own premium dog food to last the entire time you're away and write down detailed feeding instructions so there's no confusion when and how much your pet should eat.

Also make sure your pup has their own bedding to sleep on and a few of their own toys so that they have familiar things around them and are less likely to suffer from separation anxiety.

Written by: Hannah