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Small Dog Boarding: Should You Do It or Hire a Pet Sitter?

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By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 07:08 PM

You’re leaving town and can’t take your dog with you. It’s never an easy decision when faced with the question: What do I do with my dog?

According to PetMD, there are four options to consider: pet sitting, in-home boarding, traditional kennel boarding, and relying on friends or neighbors. It’s up to you to decide which is best for your pet.

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Using a pet sitter offers the opportunity to keep your pet at home while being cared for by a professional. It’s your decision on how often you want that person to visit your canine friend.

There are two kinds of in-home pet sitters, according to vetstreet.com: those who drop by a few times a day to walk, feed, and play with your pup, and those who stay overnight.

Overnight pet sitters are usually more expensive, but they are the best scenario for your dog, especially if he’s used to having you around.

In-home pet boarding means bringing your dog to someone’s home to stay while you’re away. National services such as DogVacay.com and SleepoverRover.com allow you to search for pet sitters that offer in-home boarding near you.

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Traditional kennel boarding is a very common solution, particularly for dogs that are sociable. If this is your preferred choice, call ahead and arrange a stay in advance, but do confirm the kennel has a Pet Care Services Association (PCSA) certification and the licenses of the caretakers.

Many modern kennels offer great amenities for your doggy pal, including his own room, group play, daily hikes, even massage and swimming.

The final option is having a friend or neighbor visit with and care for your pet. If you feel the person is capable and you trust him or her to stick with the schedule, have them stop in to feed and play with your four-legged family member.

Your best bet is to ask your veterinarian what is best for your dog. Make sure your dog is current on vaccinations and ensure that your vet is always listed among your emergency contacts.

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You're leaving town and can't take your dog with you. It's never an easy decision when faced with the question: What do I do with my dog? According to PetMD, there are four options: pet sitting, in-home boarding, traditional kennel boarding, and relying on friends or neighbors.
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