When you go on vacation, it can be tough to figure out what to do with your dog when you travel. That's why our vets across Meadow Vista are sharing some helpful tips on how to take care of your dog while you're away.
Where to Leave Your Dog While on Vacation
Choosing the right care for your dog when you're away from home can be tough. At Meadow Vista Veterinary Clinic, we understand this challenge. It doesn't matter if you're taking a vacation for a few weeks or going on a business trip for a few days, your furry friend needs proper care.
To make things easier for you, we recommend doing some research on the services available near you and what they offer. This will help you make the right decision for your dog.
Dog Boarding Facilities
Pet boarding facilities nowadays offer many different services to take care of your furry friend, such as pet spas, doggie summer camps, and medical boarding for those who need extra attention.
With varying price ranges, you can find a facility that fits your budget. To ensure your pet's needs are met, it's best to visit several facilities in your area before making a decision.
Features of Dog Boarding Facilities
The price you pay to board your dog can give you an idea of the kind of service you can expect from the facility.
If you want your dog to stay in a fancy hotel-like room with comfortable sofas and a TV, you'll need to pay more than if you choose a standard facility with spacious crates and fenced areas.
If you want your dog to have an exciting outdoor experience, you may want to consider a dog camp that offers plenty of opportunities for exploration and even swimming and playing with other dogs.
Care at Boarding Facilities
Standard care at most pet boarding facilities will include:
- A clean, roomy kennel for your pup to sleep in
- Exercise time outdoors before breakfast so your dog can stretch their legs
- Breakfast served in the kennel
- Out of kennel playtime in the middle of the day to allow your pooch to burn some energy
- Dinner served in the kennel
- Evening bathroom break
Other Commonly Available Services
If you want something more unique than a regular boarding place, many facilities provide additional services, such as:
- Specialized veterinary care
- Shuttle services to and from the facility
Hiring a Dog Sitter
When you're looking to hire a dog sitter, it's important to ask for references and qualifications. The cost of a pet sitter will vary depending on the level of service you need.
By hiring a live-in pet sitter, you can ensure that your home is being looked after even when you're not there.
This can help deter any potential burglars who might think the house is empty.
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
A cheaper option for hiring a sitter would be to find a friend or family member who would be willing to look after your companion. This way your pet will be with someone familiar, likely in a familiar environment (depending on whether your sitter watches your pup at your house, or cares for them at their own house).
Boarding Your Pet
Leaving your pet behind can be stressful. If you're planning to board your furry friend while you go on vacation, it's important to find a boarding service that provides the necessary care. Like such:
- Comfy, cozy beds for each guest
- Climate-controlled kennels
- Individual space for each pet
- Clean towels, blankets, and bowls
- Separate boarding area for cats
- 24/7 monitoring
- Daily walks
- Large outdoor play area
- Smaller runs for jumping dogs
- Special diet accommodations
- Ample daily playtime with staff
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.