Pet Sitting Versus Boarding
Author, Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
There is a lot to consider when making the decision of whether to hire a pet sitter or board your pet while you’re away from home. You know your pet better than anyone else, so it’s up to you to determine which option is the best fit for your precious pooch or cuddly kitty. Having been in the Animal Field in many aspects since 1978, I have seen many things. Here are a few things to ponder when planning your next trip.
Pet Boarding Facilities / Kennels
- Often, dogs are not walked, but rather given a few quick potty breaks throughout the day.
- Pets kept in group environments, like that of a kennel, don’t receive a lot of one-on-one attention.
- Limited pick-up and drop-off times aren’t always conducive to your travel plans. For example, if your return flight arrives late, your pet will likely have to spend an extra night in the kennel. This can add additional expense and be quite inconvenient as well.
- Many pet parents don’t think to ask if the kennel in which their pet will stay as a human on staff 24 hours per day. This is a very important question, as many facilities do not have a person present overnight. What if there is a fire, or your pet becomes ill and needs urgent attention overnight? What is there emergency protocol?
- If your pet does require veterinary care while boarded, what type of care will he receive?
- Many boarding facilities can become quite smelly due to dogs going potty indoors and the lack of fresh air circulation. This makes it easier for bacteria to spread to other pets in the facility.
- Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can easily be spread when dogs interact with infected dogs. Will you have assurance that your dog won’t fall victim?
- MOST pets, ESPECIALLY CATS, become very stressed when in a foreign environment without their loved ones. This can result in a variety of issues, such as loss of appetite, stress-related behaviors such as paw licking, and overall depression.
9. Visit all places, and check facilities out before booking.
1. Recently, in the past few years, people have been making extra money by bringing pets into their homes to stay. BE VERY CAREFUL. If you do NOT know these people well, then it is up to you to make sure you are leaving your pets in safe capable hands. In home boarding can be a great alternative with a reputable business of a experienced person. If the home has all the insurances, safety features and good testimonials. Look for a business that has been in business for 5 years or longer, so they have had time putting things in place for safety. This will also let you know they are serious about pet care. As with boarding kennels above, check out all of their policies, with veterinary care, emergency protocols, etc.
2. It is best to do a ton of research. Stay away from online listings, like craigslist, care, rover, etc. These are TECH companies who are making money on these types of services, similar to Uber but you are trusting your pets health and welfare to these people 24/7. These listings make it very easy for people who know nothing in pet care to make a few extra bucks. No one checks up on these people to make sure they have insurance or experience or a safe environment.
3. It may look okay when you check it out. You want to check fences (any gaps underneath, gates secured and padlocked so they can not be opened). Does the home smell? Is the yard picked up of all yard waste (are you sure that parasites are not living in the dirt)? Any children? Children coming and going are all opportunities for pets to slip out doors. Where will your pet be kept? Sleeping? Some have been found to keep pets crated in a basement while you are gone without owners aware.
4. Do these people have a website? A website will give a small indication that they are at least willing to put money in this and not be a flight by night uber type pet care person. Do they have a business facebook page with at least 10 reviews? What if this person has a medical emergency and is rushed to the hospital or they have a death in the family and must leave, what happens to your pet?
5. Bottom line, I would really research the home and person for months before trusting
1. Pet sitting is when a pet care person comes to the pets’ home to care for them. This is the best in pet care. The pets are not stressed being in a new environment, being around other pets who also maybe stressed. The pets have their own smells, toys and furniture as well as dishes and food.
2.Pets are most comfortable in their own environment, where they have their familiar toys, beds and smells. Pet sitting in your home is typically a less stressful scenario for your dog or cat. There’s something to be said for sleeping in your own bed, and your pet is likely to agree!
3. Mental stimulation and exercise is important for your pet. Dogs need to be walked regularly, and a pet sitter will do just that!
4. A pet sitter will provide your pet with the quality, personalized ONE ON ONE attention he needs and deserves.
5. Pet sitters can help with your pet’s specific needs.
6. By choosing a pet sitter to care for your pet in his own home, you are virtually preventing he will not be exposed to bacteria that cause illness, such as Kennel Cough.
7. If you have multiple pets, they will have each other for companionship, and remaining in the care of a pet sitter will likely be less expensive than boarding multiple pets.
8. What if you have a 5 a.m. departure flight? Or you run into heavy traffic on your drive home? There’s no need for concern, as there are no pick-up and drop-off times with a pet sitter.
9. While it’s comforting to know your pet will receive quality care while you’re away, it’s also comforting to know your house is being looked after as well. Your plants will get watered, mail and newspapers will be brought inside, lights will be turned on and off, and your home security system will be properly armed.
10. As with ALL pet care choices, you must do your due diligence for the safety and welfare of your pets. As with in home boarding, It is best to do a ton of research. Stay away from online listings, like craigslist, care, rover, etc. These are TECH companies who are making money on these types of services, similar to Uber but you are trusting your pets health and welfare to these people 24/7. These listings make it very easy for people who know nothing in pet care to make a few extra bucks. No one checks up on these people to make sure they have insurance or experience or a safe environment.
11. Make sure to check their emergency policies, if a scheduled sitter is ill or has an emergency, will there be back up care.
12. We do have our written article – What to look for in a Pet Sitting Company. Please feel free to use it.
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