You are heading out-of-town for business, holidays, wedding or family reunion and you’ve got your travel plans and accommodation sorted but what to do with your furbaby? How do you choose between dog kennels or dog sitters?
You might be thinking - Do they like to socialise with other animals and have playtime or are they too fearful and socially unpredictable? Will they adapt to a new environment or are they better off at home? Will they be alone at night?
In a national study of pet ownership, Animal Medicine Australia revealed finding affordable boarding is one of the key difficulties experienced by pet owners.
Owners want their pet to be safe, cared for and comfortable while they are away but every four-legged family members is different so we explore how to find the best care your furbaby.
Home Based Dog Sitters
The RSPCA Queensland recommends there are advantages to booking pet sitters over other pet-care options, particular when the pet is cared for in its own home. “Pets are happier and experience less stress in a home environment,” the RSPCA Queensland explains.
“Diet and exercise routines are continued, travel trauma for the pet is minimised and the pet’s exposure to illness is minimised.”
Pet sitters are a more attentive form of care as sitter will generally have fewer pets to care and are able to provide one-on-one time with your pet.
Your furry family member will also not be left alone in the evenings. Dr Ken Tudor, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, told PetMD.com pet sitting reduces stress to your dog, especially with live-in sitters, as it is as close to the pet’s normal environment as possible.
“[Pets] show signs of stress when their owners are away but it tends to be less severe when they are in the familiar surroundings of their own homes,” Dr Tudor said.
“In 30 years I have yet to treat stress induced bloody colitis in a pet that has been cared for by a sitter.”
With PetCloud you can choose a sitter in your local area who is suited to your pets exercise, social and health needs with many have accreditations, checks and even qualifications.
Whether at your place or their’s PetCloud sitters charge from $15 to $50 per pet, per day and will love your furbaby like their own.
The RSPCA recommends to visit the boarding facility site in person to check living conditions and housing areas to assess if you are comfortable with the space provided and general conditions.
“Find out what sorts of daily procedures they have in place for providing food and water, exercising, cleaning and observation/care of the animals…and if the facility have contact with a veterinarian in the area in case of any medical problems arising,” the RSPCA advises.
Dr Tudor advises stress is the biggest problem with boarding of any sort as pets are uncomfortable outside their normal environment. “Often stress results in vomiting and diarrhoea… fear and timidity may reduce appetites and often pets will loss weigh when boarded,” Dr Tudor said.
Reasons why you should not book a Dog Boarding kennel
Some Kennels are only focused on maximising their profits over peak periods.
“Stacking” is a practice used by some boarding operations (kennels) where multiple pets, in multiple crates or cells, are placed on top of each other vertically and horizontally maximising the volume of pets boarded at a time, in order to maintain a low overhead and maximise profits.
Some Kennels will not allow you to have tours of the property because they don't want you to see the state of them.
If you ask to have a tour of the facility, you may be given an excuse such as "Oh sorry we don't do that." When you ask why, reasons you are given include answers such as; "It upsets the other dogs." Usually the health of the pets are disregarded as hygiene is poor, the environment is highly stressful, and daily exercise is not a priority.
Some Kennels make pets feel like they’ve been punished.
This looks like a solitary confinement cell for a prisoner:
Some Dog Boarding Kennels are Petrie Dishes for Growing Diseases
Dog boarding facilities can lead to increased rise of diseases and distress caused by the volume of pets in the facility with varying levels of care requirements and anxiety level.
Some kennels have no overnight staff supervision
Many kennels will not have a staff member staying at the facility overnight, meaning pets are left alone.
Price range varies as much as the quality of dog boarding facility and pricing for boarding alternatives, like pet hotels with amenities, can quickly become expensive depending on the level of services and add-ons chosen.
Why not treat your pet like a star with a trusted PetCloud sitter you have hand selected?