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The Advantages of a Pet Sitter Over Boarding

When a family goes on vacation, they often have to make special arrangements if they have pets to make sure that they receive the necessary care while the family is out of town.  Certain pets such as cats and dogs have special care needs that may be difficult to provide while on vacation.  Pet owners have several options in this case which include boarding their pet at a kennel or hiring a professional pet sitter to care for them in their home.  Here are a few reasons why hiring a pet sitter may be more beneficial than boarding your pet.

The first benefit of hiring a pet sitter is that it will allow your pets to stay in your home and receive care in a familiar environment.  Your pets will already be stressed enough by your absence and the presence of a stranger to take care of them and putting them in an unfamiliar environment as well can increase their stress level.  Kennels also run by their own routine while a pet sitter can care for your pet by the routine you have already established.  The familiar surroundings of your home will make your pet feel more comfortable in your absence and more accepting of a new person to care for them.

Another benefit of a pet sitter is the personalized care that they can give to your pet.  Kennels hold and care for many pets all at once which makes it difficult for their staff to give each individual pet the personalized care they need.  Your pet may also be cared for by several different staff members over the course of their stay.  With an in-home pet sitter, your pet will receive personalized care from the same sitter which will allow them to build a level of trust.  Pet sitters can devote their full time and attention to your pet during each visit to your home.

The final benefit to hiring a pet sitter is that it helps your pet avoid potential hazards.  The large pet population within a kennel means that your pet could be exposed to a number of conditions from other animals such as parasites like fleas and worms as well as viruses that include kennel cough, giardiasis, and distemper.  Keeping your pet at home to be cared for by a pet sitter will avoid all of these potential hazards.

As you plan your next vacation, make sure to take these benefits into mind when deciding how to care for your pet while you are away.  Boarding your pet in a kennel is a decent option that will ensure that the pet at least gets shelter and food but hiring a pet sitter to care for your pet in your home has several advantages over kennels.  Many pet sitters are pet owners themselves who understand the importance of building trust with your pet and providing personal attention in addition feeding and walking them.  Contact the Pet’s Home to learn more about our pet sitting service as well as our staff of professional pet sitters.

If Your Dog or Cat Goes Missing

The family dog or cat is regarded as a member of the family just as much as any other family member.  When the dog or cat goes missing, it can create a feeling of panic or helplessness as there are not usually any clues left as to where your pet could have gone.  Many pet owners across the country have experienced this helpless feeling and although most pets are found within 24 hours, there are cases in which a cat or dog is missing for weeks or even longer.  If your cat or dog does go missing, do your best to remain calm and follow these procedures to increase your chances of finding your pet.

The first question that comes to a pet owner’s mind when their dog or cat goes missing is why did they run away.  There are several reasons why pets run away and if you can determine the reason, it can greatly help your search.  The most common reasons that a pet might run away include:

  • Curiosity: Some dogs are opportunists and may leave when the situation presents itself to find stimulation. 
  • Mating: Dogs and cats that are not spayed or neutered may run away in search of a mate.
  • Unfamiliarity: When a pet has been relocated to a new home, they may not feel comfortable right away and could leave in search of more comfortable surroundings.
  • Fear: Sometimes something drastic such as a loud noise or traumatizing event could cause a pet to run away out of fear in search of shelter.

Taking these common reasons that cause pets to run away into consideration with the personality of your pet can help you get an idea of why they ran and where they might be.

When trying to determine where your pet could possibly be, it is important to consider their size and fitness level.  If your dog is large, you may need to increase your search area because they can cover more ground than small dogs which are usually found within a one mile radius of the home.  Try making a list of the different areas your pet may have run to considering their size and personality and check them daily.  If your pet has a consistent problem with running away, you might want to consider a microchip.

Another important step to take during your search is to stay in contact with local vets, animal hospitals, and kennels in case someone found your pet and took it to one of these locations.  Make sure to provide a detailed description of your pet along with a picture to help your search effort.  You can also use social media or hang posters around your neighborhood to help raise awareness in your area.  But the most important thing to remember is to stay calm and continue your search daily until your pet is found.  Almost 90 percent of all missing dogs are found.

Providing excellent care and giving them the attention that they need is the best way to prevent your cat or dog from running away.  If your work schedule prevents you from being home often enough to walk or feed your pet, contact The Pet’s Home for our pet sitting and dog walking services.