Spring break means fun in the sun, a little R & R, and spending time with the ones you love.
But when it comes to your pet, time off could mean having to decide whether to entrust your furry companion to a kennel, dog daycare facility or a professional pet sitter.
You love your dog, which is why it’s so important to find a place that will best meet his particular needs.
But where do you start? You have choices and The Barking Lot believes the right decision will provide both you and your pet with peace of mind while you’re away.
Know Your Pet
Some dogs don’t do well when left alone during the day. They might experience separation anxiety and feel more comfortable having someone around.
Others are content with food, water and a warm bed.
Kennels are ideal because you and your pet avoid the headaches associated with long trips and he’s provided with essentials like extended stay options, supervision by professionally trained staff, food, water, and plenty of canine companionship.
While it may not be the most luxurious option, a kennel might be the most affordable.
Dog daycare offers more services and amenities than a traditional kennel. If your pet has yet to be socialized, a doggy daycare can help.
Many facilities provide supervised playtime, indoor and outdoor runs, grouping by size and temperament and a fun, safe environment where dogs are vaccinated and screened for behavior and aggression problems.
In most instances, dog daycares will administer medication, offer round-the-clock care and provide clean sanitized sleeping quarters. Some even offer pet grooming, spa services and pooch supplies.
There are times when pet owners prefer that their dogs board at a veterinarian facility.
If you have a pet that is older or has a medical condition, overnight veterinarian care might be your best choice. There may not be a lot of extracurricular activities and niceties, but you can be sure that your dog will receive the necessary care for any chronic illnesses such as diabetes, seizures or arthritis.
Rest assured your dog will have his basic needs met by your vet.
Pet sitting is one of the most popular choices for owners when they have to be away from their pets. There are a number of advantages to hiring someone to stay in your home.
Professionally, licensed individuals offer personalized care that meets your dog’s specific needs. Pets also keep their routine while staying in the comfort of their own home.
Playtime, meals and walks are set according to their normal schedule and because your dog is home, the chances of him contracting an illness from another pet is slim to none.
You eliminate the hassle of boarding pick up and drop off times with a pet sitter while your dog experiences daily walks on a route that’s familiar to him.
Knowing your pet and his needs will help make choosing the proper pet care solution that much easier this Spring Break while you’re away.