Everyone likes to save money and cheap and free sounds like music to the ears. But the old adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly something to consider when arranging for vacation travel pet care. Having the neighborhood kid watch Fifi & Fido may seem like a great way to shave the vacation budget. Kenneling a single pet is often cheaper than hiring a professional pet sitter or dog walker. But what kind of money do you really save when a kid down the street has only a bicycle for transportation and your pet needs to be seen promptly by a veterinarian? What kind of money do you save when your pet reacts to the stresses of kenneling either by contracting a disease and in need of veterinary care or simply not eating right while kenneled and coming home and soiling your Persian rug? Sometimes a well invested dollar amount on the front end prevents unexpected financial costs down the road.
(below is re-blogged from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance)
- Contagious diseases, like kennel cough, distemper, giardiasis and coccidiosis are found in kennels. The cramped conditions make it simple for viruses and parasites to travel with ease among dogs and cats. Puppies and kittens especially should avoid being boarded as their immune systems are very susceptible to picking up these illnesses.
- Since there’s so many animals in one place, the staff can’t give each pet special attention. Extra playtime or walk sessions must be purchased in addition to boarding fees.
- The kennel will perform feedings, bathroom breaks, and walks according to their schedule, not yours. Particularly with puppies, sticking to a schedule is important, so boarding a young animal is not recommended.
“The bottom line is this: while pet sitters offer higher quality care, they can also be more expensive for a single pet household; kennels are cheaper but can expose your dog to contagious illnesses and ruin their routines.
Choose a pet care service that meets your dog or cat’s needs and your own budget. Pet parents with young animals or those with special medical needs should consider pet sitters in order to keep them on a strict regimen. Adult dogs without these requirements may have no problems being boarded and can emerge perfectly fine.”
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