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Best Pet Boarding & Sitting Services

If you are planning a vacation or need to leave town and you have a pet, you will probably be looking for someone to leave them until you return. You may have a family member who can keep them, but if not, you will need to hire a pet sitter or a pet boarder. This may be a new experience for you and you have no clue how it works or what you may have to pay for these services. Most pet owners consider their pets to be their children. As such, they want to find someone as trustworthy for their pet as they would a human child. Here are some tips on questions you should ask and some information on finding the best pet boarding or sitting service for your pet.

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What is the difference in pet sitting and pet boarding?

Pet sitting means that someone will come to your home to care for your pet while you are gone. They will either stay or just stop by daily to check in. This depends on what you agree upon. There is also the option of letting your pet stay at their home. Pet boarding means that you check your pet into a doggie hotel, and they will stay there until you pick them up.

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Where can I find quality pet boarding or pet sitting?

Petsmart has its PetsHotel for boarding. For a limited time, pet owners can get 1-night free with a multi-night stay, while miltary families can save 10% on an overnight stay. Rover and Care can both be used to locate both pet sitters and pet boarders. All of these are reputable places that can provide good services.

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Should a pet sitter be certified in any way?

It may or may not be required in your area, but some pet sitters do receive certifications even if it is not required. Hiring someone with this certification may allow them to charge a little more, but you will have the peace of mind of knowing that they know what they are doing.

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Is there a large price difference in pet boarding and pet sitting?

The cost of these services will likely vary depending on your location, but the average cost of an overnight dog sitter can range between $35 and $75, though you may find someone for much cheaper. PetsHotel charges depending on the room type and pet type you are leaving but prices start at $14 to $37 per night. Other boarders may charge anywhere from $25 to $45 per night.

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What all is included in pet boarding and am I looking to pay any additional costs?

Pet boarding means that your pet will be fed, kept safe, given treats, and exercised. It may also include a bath depending on the boarder. Additional costs should only come in if your dog gets sick while you are gone and needs medicine or a similar situation.

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Does my pet need any immunizations before staying at a pet boarder?

As long as your pet's booster shots are up to date, they do not need any additional immunizations. If they are not up to date, you may be required to wait 7-14 days after getting caught up. Check with your vet to see if they are up to date.

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Are there any safety issues I should be concerned about?

Boarders tend to have safe facilities, but you can always check for reviews before leaving your pet with them. If any have had any safety problems, you will most likely find a report of it online.

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Can I tour the facilities before leaving my pet?

You should always ask to tour facilities before leaving your pet there. You can then see if the boarders keep the kennel clean and if they care well for the pets that are there. This can also give you more peace of mind.

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Can I tour the facilities before leaving my pet?

You should always ask to tour facilities before leaving your pet there. You can then see if the boarders keep the kennel clean and if they care well for the pets that are there. This can also give you more peace of mind.

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