Four Good Reasons To Use Pet Boarding

Posted on: 16 March 2015

While traveling with your dog or cat can be enjoyable, there are times when taking your pet along with you is just not possible. Maybe you have to go out of town on business, visit a relative who is allergic to pet hair or to attend a family funeral-- all places where it would be awkward to bring your pet.

If you remember pet boarding facilities from generations past, you might hesitate to board your pet while you're away. However, today's pet boarding facilities are nothing like the dreary places you remember from your childhood. Today's pet boarding companies offer large suites with amenities like plush pet beds, television, climate control and lots of toys. They also often offer things like outdoor and indoor play areas and climbing trees for cats.

Benefits of pet boarding

1. Full-time supervision. When you have a friend or family member look in on your pet and feed him or her, that person is only around for a short period of time each day. That can get boring, lonely and monotonous for your pet, especially for dogs. When you take your pet to a pet boarding facility, your pet has a caregiver around 24/7.

2. Nearness to veterinary services. Another big advantage to boarding your pets when you're away is the accessibility to veterinary services. Many boarding facilities are located within a vet clinic. Others have arrangements with a local vet to care for the pets in their charge. This is especially important if your pet has a chronic health issue like diabetes.

3. Playtime for your pet. Unlike being stuck at home by him or herself, when your pet stays at a pet boarding facility, he or she get regular exercise and gets to interact with other dogs or other cats if that's something he or she enjoys.

4. Web cams. Many pet boarding locations offer in-suite web cams so that you can keep an eye on your pet even when you're hundreds or thousands of miles away. Being able to see your furry friend even when you can't be with them can help you from being overly anxious about their well-being.

While pet boarding isn't necessarily the right answer for every pet owner, using such facilities (like those offered by Canine Companion) can make your time away a lot easier on your pet while giving you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that some one's caring for your cat or dog 24/7.