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Embarking on a Pawsome Vacation: Navigating Pet Care Options When You’re Away

Planning a holiday getaway is undeniably thrilling, but for pet owners, the decision to leave their furry friends behind demands careful consideration. Fortunately, there are various options available to ensure your pets are well-cared for in your absence. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the pros and cons of having someone look after your pet at home versus opting for a boarding facility.

The Home Sweet Home Advantage: In-Home Pet Sitting


Comfort in Familiar Surroundings:

Hiring a pet sitter to come to your home allows your pet to remain in the familiar and comforting environment of their own home. This is an excellent solution for pets that might feel threatened, fearful, or uncomfortable in places with many pets, like a boarding kennel or cattery. Especially if you are having short holidays and your pet is accustomed to being left alone for a few hours each day. 

Personalized Attention: 

A pet sitter can provide individualized care, adhering to your pet’s routine and giving them the attention they crave. Some sitters offer to stay in your place overnight or make regular visits during the day, depending on your budget and your pet’s needs. They can fulfill your pet’s need for exercise, stimulation, companionship, and medication schedule.

Security and Safety:

Your home can remain occupied, providing an added layer of security. Plus, your pet is less exposed to the risks associated with communal living in boarding facilities, such as infectious diseases. However, your pet might fall ill when your pet sitter isn’t present on your premises, which is a factor to consider for pets with chronic conditions that need close monitoring, such as Diabetes or Epilepsy.

Choosing the Right Pet Sitter


Professional Services


Look for licensed and insured pet sitters, as they often have experience dealing with various pets and situations.



Engage professionals knowledgeable in behavior who can understand and accommodate your pet’s special needs. Pets are unique, and their personalities require attention. Sitters should be attentive to signs of stress/anxiety and equipped with the tools to manage them in your absence.

Medical Emergencies


Anyone looking after pets should have basic knowledge of first aid and triaging. Professionals need to differentiate between simple situations that can wait and true emergencies. Sitters should be familiar not only with your pet’s health conditions but also with other situations that might arise when you are away.

References and Reviews


Request references and check online reviews to ensure the pet sitter is reliable and trustworthy. Ask friends and businesses like vet clinics, groomers, and pet shops for recommendations. Engage a reputable business with a team that can step in if your pet needs more attention.

Boarding Facilities: A Home Away from Home


Social Interaction


Boarding facilities often offer socialization opportunities for pets, allowing them to interact with other animals under supervision. This is beneficial for pets that enjoy meeting new friends.

24/7 Care


Professional staff at boarding facilities can provide around-the-clock care, reassuring pet owners that their pets are closely monitored throughout the day.

Structured Activities


Many boarding facilities offer structured activities and playtime, ensuring that pets stay active and engaged. Reputable facilities may also offer stay-and-train options for obedience classes.

Selecting the Right Boarding Facility



Tour the Facility


Schedule a visit to assess cleanliness, safety measures, and overall comfort for your pet. Pay attention to how much attention pets receive during the day.

Check Reviews


Look for recent reviews and testimonials from other pet owners. Choose facilities with a long track record and knowledge of the pet industry.

Vaccination Requirements


Ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations, as most boarding facilities have specific health requirements.

Emergency Protocols


Inquire about the facility’s emergency procedures and communication with pet owners in case of health concerns.

Before You Go Away


Leave Clear Instructions

Provide detailed instructions regarding feeding, exercise, medications, and any specific needs your pet may have. Ensure you have enough supplies for a longer period than your travel duration.

Be Prepared

Have more than one emergency contact for your pet, especially if you are overseas. Discuss with your emergency contact what decisions to make if your pet becomes severely ill.

Inform Your Vet

Let your vet know you are traveling and make payment arrangements for potential illnesses.

Our Recommendations


Bark Royal Pet Resorts


Felinee Guest House

Pet Sitting for Cats or Dogs:

Happy Hounds Pet Services 

Whether you choose in-home pet sitting or a boarding facility, the key is to make a decision that aligns with your pet’s personality and needs. By selecting the right care option, you can ensure your furry friend not only survives but thrives while you enjoy your well-deserved holiday. Happy travels!