Doggy hotels, live-in pet sitters, visiting neighbours, oh my! Making the decision of where to leave your pet while you’re travelling can make you feel like you’re in the dog house. If this is your first time away from your furry friend, then you have to make some hard choices about what will make your pet feel most comfortable while you’re gone, and this requires considering a few factors about their personality, behavior and age, as well as where you live and budget. Luckily, we’ve figured out the pros and cons of boarding and home care to help make the job a little easier.
Pros: Pet boarding is like taking your dog to a hotel, except all the guests are pets. They’re great for pets that tend to get destructive when left to their own devices, or that require lots of potty breaks or play time/simulation. Boarding also tends to keep their owners minds at bay, knowing that they have 24/7 care while they’re gone.
Cons: Boarding can get expensive, and some animals can feel stressed out without the familiarity of home. This should be taken into consideration if you’re going to be away from home for a longer period of time.
Pros: Choosing home care can provide a little more flexibility, since you can opt for a live-in sitter, or travelling sitter (someone who comes by 1-2 times a day to care for your pet). This is a great option for owners who have multiple pets, as boarding can be expensive and your pets still have company all day. This is also better for older animals who feel comfortable in their everyday surroundings and are better trained not to destroy your Jimmy Choo’s. Having someone remain at your house or visit frequently can also keep burglars at bay, as well as take care of plants and collect your mail.
Cons: Finding a trustworthy sitter can be a daunting task, especially when having a stranger left alone in your home for an extended period of time. Unless you’re lucky enough to have family or friends that are able to help out, you may have a hard time finding someone you trust. It’s also important to consider where you live, and if weather conditions would be severe enough to stop your sitter from making it to your home. It’s a good idea to have a trustworthy neighbor or family member as back-up who can get into your home and check on your pet regardless of if they’re live-in or travelling.
We hope this list helped! And while there’s no perfect answer, knowing your pets personality and specific needs will help make the decision a little easier (we hope!).