When heading out of town whether it is a family vacation, business trip, or otherwise, ensuring your pets are well taken care of while you’re away is always something that takes a bit of planning and research. We’ve found the main benefits to both options to help you choose the best option for your family.
Much like people, animals have their own personalities, there will never be a blanket service that can apply to all animals. Some enjoy the company of others, some are more nervous in an environment that is not their own, and others have medical or dietary needs that may or may not be accommodated by every option. Whatever the personality and needs of your pets, there are options available to you as you head out of town.
Pet sitting is an option that is most often thought of as the more expensive route. Pet sitters typically come to your home to care for your pets in their environment. This is especially beneficial for young pets like puppies or kittens who are still establishing potty training, discipline, and meal routines or animals who are simply more comfortable in their own home.
Your pets are not the only ones who benefit from in home care! Using a pet sitter to come to your home to tend to your pets also serves as a deterrent for any potential burglars. You also have the luxury of not needing to contact the post office to place a hold on your mail, pet sitters take care of that for you as well as the watering of any household plants!
Most boarding facilities ensure that your pet’s basic needs are tended to – such as walks, potty breaks, and feeding. Many times you must pay an additional fee for other amenities such as one on one pet to human play time, or luxurious upgrades for a larger “suite” for your pet equipped with his very own TV tuned to a pet themed channel and extra soft bedding. Some even offer private play time, massages, swim time, birthday parties and specialized trainings.
Most pet hotels and kennels require your pet to pass an aggression exam, as well as physical health exam including proof of vaccinations. This helps to prevent the spread of the many transferable diseases found in boarding facilities. Some people prefer to find a veterinary office that also provides boarding services, as they feel in case of an emergency, the vet is better off being around to handle such emergency. Boarding may not be home, but it is the next best thing!
All in all, whether you feel that your pet is more suited for in home care or boarding, the choice is ultimately up to you and your pets will be well taken care of either way.