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Pet Boarding Vs Pet Sitting

December 16, 2011

If you are planning to go on holiday and are looking to ensure that your pets are well cared for, you will find that you have a few different options available to you. The two main options that pet owners consider, however, are pet boarding services and pet sitting services. Which one is really the better option, however? There are certainly benefits to each, which can make it hard to know which choice is going to be right for your pet. Here, we will take a look at both.

Pet Boarding

With pet boarding, your dog will spend your vacation time in a kennel with a number of other pets. This can certainly seem like a great idea, especially if your dog is quite sociable. Pet boarding is often very expensive, however, and the risks of illness are much greater when your dog is exposed to a number of other animals. For dogs in boarding kennels, this also means spending a great deal of time in unfamiliar surroundings and being forced to spend the night in a small kennel. While dogs staying at boarding services often get ample exercise during the day, they are often left alone overnight. There is also the risk of injuries and fights from being in a large shared space with numerous other dogs.

Pet Sitting

Pet sitting is a bit different. With this service, your pet will get to remain in his or her own home. While this means that there will not be a number of other dogs to play with, save for your other pets, it also means a lower risk of injury or illness. It is important to remember that dogs are pack animals and that a kennel can quickly become a competition to see which dog will be the alpha. Dogs who are cared for at home tend to be calmer and more relaxed, and a quality pet sitting expert will be able to provide great walks, maintain the same play and feeding schedule, and even stay overnight if needed to calm separation anxiety.

The Bottom Line

The simple fact is that whether your dog is better off in a pet boarding or pet sitting environment is ultimately your choice, but there are many reasons why you may wish to consider a pet sitting service. Allowing your pet to stay in his or her own home with the same toys, treats, bed, and scents can be much more relaxing. In the long run, it is more than likely the best option for your pets physical and emotional well being.


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