The popularity of having a pet sitter that customizes the visits according to your pet’s needs will soon make this an obsolete debate.
Of course benefits can be found in both and I will compare them but now that our culture is more educated about pet care and we are more sophisticated about what our pets need for a great quality of life, the benefits of having a personal pet sitter far outweighs those of putting your pet in a kennel.
Kennels have long been the standard for owners with busy lives with lots of travel. It was great because one assumes that there will always be someone there with your pet. Your pet will be in an environment with other pets and it will minimize the loneliness. It’s cost effective. You could probably find a kennel for $20-$40 per day. The people there are pet lovers right? So they will take care of my pet, right?
Well more and more information comes out about what happens behind the scenes. Yes it’s inexpensive but your pet is not getting the attention that you would think. For the majority of their time in a kennel, 23 out of 24 hours of your pet’s day is cooped up in a cage which increases the anxiety of the pet . Yes they are taken out the cage to relieve themselves but that time is about 15 minutes at a time for about two to three times a day . And kennels close about 6 pm in the evening with no one returning until the next morning. I’ve heard many horror stories from clients about their experience with kennels. One new client of mine recognized that putting her new puppies in a kennel for three days completely ruined the potty training that she has invested with her puppies. Another client told me about how her dog got sick from poisons
and it turned out several dogs got sick from this same kennel. Subsequently the owner spent a pretty penny at the vet getting her dog healthy again. An expense she did expect.
Unbeknownst to the public,there are no regulations required for kennels. The only thing they need is a business license and zoning approval . Now to their defense when caring for lots of dog at once in a kennel, it’s difficult to give undivided attention to each pet.
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So born out of these challenges is the pet sitting industry. If you are serious about your commitment as a pet owner and recognize your pet’s quality of life and care is very important , having a pet sitter is imperative .
Petsitters are more than just a petsitter. Petsitters are your personalized go to consultant or expertise. Petsitters have more than just a business license. There are regulations and certification tests they have to pass in order to be considered a Professional Petsitter. Petsitters have the experience,knowledge and time to give personalized quality care to your pets. An excellent Petsitter will customize everything according to you. They will have the time for the individual attention your pet needs. Your pet will get a good 45 minutes to an hour of exercise per visit. Pet sitters are certified in pet first aid and CPR . Pet sitters continues their education in pet health, pet foods, pet safety and pet behavior. Petsitters are YOUR personalized Pet Guardian. And one more thing, they genuinely love pets.
Petsitters are invaluable . They are worth the price you pay. I encourage pet owners to completely vet the Petsitters they choose. Here is a link to the 15 questions you should ask before hiring your next Petsitter :
- Can You Ship a Pet? (apartmentguide.com)
- Pet Sitters International Releases 2013 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast (virtual-strategy.com)
- Kennels Vs. Pet Sitters: Which Should You Choose? (scoopthepoop.wordpress.com)