Even the most adoring dog owner sometimes isn't able to take their dog with them on vacation. Do you know who you can trust to care for your dog while you're away? Today, our Turlock vets share advice on what to do with your dog when you travel.
Pet Care While on Vacation
Finding a safe, reliable place that you can trust with your dog's care while you're on vacation or away from home can be a challenge. Whether you're heading to a sunny destination to enjoy some carefree time on the beach for a couple of weeks or are off on a business trip for a couple of days, you'll need to find appropriate care for your pooch.
Dog Boarding for Vacation or Time Away From Home
While pet boarding facilities once had a reputation for being grim, dingy places where animals stayed locked in their cages for long periods, times - and pet owners' expectations - have certainly evolved.
These days, boarding facilities are more than a roof over your dog's head - some seek to provide a truly warm, welcoming and social haven for your pup.
Of course. at our boarding facility, we shower your pooch with all the love and attention they'll need. Plus, our climate-controlled kennels are stocked with clean, fresh linens. For dogs that need extra care and attention, there's also the option of medical boarding.
If you're deciding where to leave your dog while you're on vacation and looking for a boarding facility to take your dog to, be sure to check a few different places in your area to find a facility that best meets the needs of both your pet and your wallet.
You can typically gauge the service level provided at a given dog boarding facility by reviewing price points. You'll naturally need to budget more if your pup will be relaxing in a luxurious hotel-like space on comfy sofas and watching TV versus staying in a standard facility with roomy crates and fenced dog runs.
While you make a shortlist of your preferred kennels, keep in mind that extravagant facility features don't necessarily translate to better care for your pet.
Choosing the Level of Service That's Right for Your Dog
Dog care while you're on vacation is usually priced based on the level of service you choose. A standard kennel will cost less per day than luxury accommodations.
Standard care for dogs at most pet boarding facilities includes:
- A clean, roomy kennel for your pup to sleep in
- A walk outdoors before breakfast so your dog can stretch their legs
- Breakfast served in the kennel
- Up to five walks a day to allow your pooch to burn some energy
- Dinner served in the kennel
- Evening bathroom break
Other services commonly available at pet boarding facilities:If you are looking for something a bit more special than a standard boarding facility, many facilities also offer the following services:
- Specialized veterinary care
- Shuttle services to and from the facility
The Pros & Cons of Boarding Your Dog While You're On Vacation
- Pros: Bringing your dog to a boarding facility for the time you'll be on vacation will ensure your pet will have a standardized daily routine that many dogs crave including meal times and exercise times on a regular schedule. Boarding also gives pets an opportunity to socialize with other animals. If your dog has a medical issue that requires medications or treatments, facilities with onsite vets and a team of veterinary professionals may be right for your pet while you're away.
- Cons: Being away from home can be hard for some animals. Pets can become nervous or anxious in new environments which could lead to altercations with other animals at playtime. Pets in boarding facilities also face an increased risk of contracting contagious illnesses such as kennel cough in dogs or Feline Upper Respiratory Infection (colds) in cats.
Hiring a Dog Sitter
When interviewing for a dog sitter be sure to request a list of references as well as a list of qualifications. How much you will pay for a pet sitter will depend upon the level of service you choose for your pet.
Dog sitters can help to protect your home by keeping your place looking lived-in to any passers-by. Hiring a live-in pet sitter will allow you to rest assured that someone is caring for your home at night.
Extra Services Available From Some Pet Sitters:If your dog requires more care than just feeding and being let out a few times a day, some pet sitters offer additional services such as:
- Frequent walks
The Pros & Cons of Hiring a Pet Sitter
- Pros: The primary benefit of hiring this type of pet care while you're on vacation is that your dog may find it less stressful to stay at home. Other benefits of hiring a pet sitter include the increased security of having someone in your home, and pet sitters can be less expensive than some boarding facilities.
- Cons: Bringing a stranger into your home to care for your pooch can be uncomfortable, and certainly isn't for everyone. You may also find that popular dog sitters in your area book up very quickly and may not be available when you need them, particularly at peak holiday times such as March break.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding people or pets. Always follow your doctor's advice regarding asthma or other allergy symptoms.