Boarding or Pet Sitting? Which is Better for Your Pet?

Boarding or Sitting

Boarding or Pet Sitting: Pros and Cons of Both

The holidays, ski season, and warm-weather vacations are fast approaching and for many pet parents, that means having to make a decision about your pet’s care. Of course, we always want our fur babies with us, but if that’s not an option this year, you need a plan for your pet while you’re away.

If you’re a first-timer, your top two options are to hire a professional pet sitter or board them at a doggy daycare or kennel. In making your choice, you’ll want to consider your pet’s age, health and temperament, and of course, your budget.

Whether it’s a kennel or a pet sitter, your dog or cat will likely benefit from some calming remedies such as stress and anxiety remedies for dogs and cats. If you are preparing to board your companions, immune strengtheners are a great idea. Best to get started on those several weeks in advance.

Here are the pros and cons to consider:

Pet Boarding

Pros

  • Usually more cost effective than pet sitters, since pet sitters charge per visit and kennels charge per day.
  • Great option for social dogs who need a lot of exercise and activity.

Cons

  • Contagious diseases, like kennel cough, distemper, giardiasis and coccidiosis are found in kennels. This is a no-no for puppies and kittens as their immune systems are susceptible to picking up these illnesses.
  • Staff can’t always give each pet special attention (sometimes you have to pay extra for this).
  • The kennel will perform feedings, bathroom breaks and walks according to their schedule, not yours, which is not ideal for puppies.

Pet Sitter

Pros

  • Your pet can keep his or her routine, which is essential for puppies or kittens.
  • No exposure to contagious illnesses.
  • If you have a pet with special dietary or medical needs, the pet sitter can administer medications.
  • Pets are given special attention and playtime with pet sitters.
  • Pet sitters can also bring in mail, water plants, and turn lights on/off while you’re away.

Cons

  • Since pet sitters typically charge anywhere from $10 upwards per house visit, and that can add up fast.
  • If you hire a neighborhood teen (vs a professional service), service and quality can be unreliable.
  • If your dog or cat doesn’t react well to strangers, he or she may not be too fond of a pet sitter.
  • Between visits, your pet will have long hours of little to no stimulation or activity.

You know your pet best, so make the right call that meets their needs. Have a healthy and happy winter season from everyone at Only Natural Pet!

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