Your bags are packed, plane tickets are booked, travel insurance is purchased, but what about Fido? While you’re away at the beach, hitting the slopes or far away on a business trip, you have to make plans for your four-legged friends, too.
There are many options for boarding your dogs including veterinary clinics, pet sitters and doggy daycare. We’re here to help you find the right option for you and your dogs.
First up is veterinary clinics. At a veterinary clinic, you know your pet is in the hands of trained professionals. If your dog is a regular patient, they will be spending time with familiar faces. If your dog is not a regular patient, the clinic may request a copy of your pooch’s shot records. They may also require a bordetella vaccine since upper respiratory infections can be passed from dog to dog. If you decide to go with the option, make sure to ask if you need to bring your own food and bedding.
Another option is doggie daycare. Doggie daycare is a great option for dogs who are especially sociable and enjoy playing with other dogs. Along with the social perks, doggie daycares often have wide-open play spaces, plenty of treats and a designated nap time. You may also be able to see your pets play as some facilities feature doggies cams that you can check via the Internet when you miss your pooch. Be warned, this option will set you back more than a traditional boarding facility or veterinary clinic.
Last, but certainly not least is a pet sitter. If your dog is not suited for a veterinary clinic or doggie daycare, a pet sitter might be the right option for you and your dog (or ask a friend nicely!). If you have multiple pets, an elderly pet or a dog with chronic health issues, this option is definitely best for you. If budget is not a factor, you can hire a professional pet sitter. If you already spent your money on vacation, ask a friend or family member to watch your pet while you’re away, and promise to return the favor at a later date.
So, how do you decide what is the right option for you and your pet? There are a few things you can do. First, ask your pet-owning friends for referrals and their past experiences. Whichever option you chose for your pet, make sure your boarding facility has the right amount of space for your dog and meets all of your requirements.