6 smart options for boarding your pet

July 28, 2015

When it's time to travel, what do you plan on doing with your pet? Unless you are taking it with you, you are likely going to need some kind of kennel boarding or pet sitting. Here are six inexpensive pet care options that will give you piece of mind while you travel.

6 smart options for boarding your pet

1. Get recommendations

If possible, use a boarding service recommended by friends or seek the advice of your vet, who should know of reputable local ones.

  • Pet stores and pet grooming shops can also steer you to reputable establishments.

2. Find a home away from home

  • Private services, where caregivers take animals into their own homes, can cost as much as $30 to $40 per day.
  • The benefits are that your pet may be able to go completely crate-free and will be in a potentially calmer, homey environment with a smaller number of other animals.

3. See for yourself

Always visit a facility before deciding that this is where you want to leave your pet.

  • Make sure that it has proper temperature control, good lighting and ventilation, good bedding material, protection from the elements during all seasons and a safe exercise area.

4. Get live-in pet sitting for less

You'd be surprised how many animal lovers would relish the chance to stay in a nice house or area in exchange for looking after your pet.

  • If you have to pay for this service, on the other hand, it could cost you up to $60 per day. If this is your choice, make sure you use someone who comes highly recommended and is worth the fee you are paying.

5. Surprising ways to save

  • Go halves with a neighbour: If you find that neighbours are going away at the same time, you may be able to share their care arrangements.
  • Swap pet sitting for babysitting: It may be easier to ask a neighbour to pet sit if you can offer something they would value equally in return — babysitting, for example, or lawn mowing or ironing.
  • Form a pet sitting club: Team up with pet owners in your vicinity and work out a pet sitting co-op. You may be able to find like-minded individuals by speaking to other dog owners at your local park, or by posting notices on community centre boards.

6. Ask a friend

Pet-loving friends or neighbours who have none of their own may be willing to come and stay with your animals, or take them into their own homes.

  • Alternately, a young neighbour can come by to walk and feed and play with your pet, which can then stay in your own home.

The comfort of your pet is your first concern when choosing a space for them. Find the best option and make sure your leaving your pet in good hands while you're away.

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