It’s a very difficult decision, you want to do what’s right for your dog and the financial implications can be significant. Here are some of our top choices.
Keep your pet at home when you travel
Have your pet taken care of inside your home
Hire a Professional Pet Sitter
The main disadvantage of hiring a sitter is that it can be a bit costly. £30 per visit is fairly standard, which can add up over longer trips. Professional sitters are generally very dependable (but check references carefully) and they know how to take care of animals. Your pet sitter may even have Pet First Aid training and should be insured. This option works particularly well if you have a few animals and can work out cheaper than a kennels. Pet sitters generally visit once a day for dogs and twice for dogs.
Ask a Neighbour, Friend or Family Member
This is usually the cheapest option, and is especially good if your pet is familiar with their sitter. If you ask a neighbour or a friend who lives nearby, they can probably come more often than a paid professional. The downside is that if your sitter sees it more as a favour than a job, they might not be as responsible as someone that is being paid.
If you want to make their job a little easier, consider getting an automatic water fountain or food dispenser for your pet; check out the options on the internet.
Find a House Sitter
House sitters usually live full time in your house, so your pets theoretically get the same care you would give them. Pets get constant supervision and attention.
Because a house sitter lives in your house while you’re away, you would need to be comfortable with them having full access to your things. This is generally an affordable option, as you’re trading accommodation for pet care, though some pet sitters are paid extra.
Advantages of leaving your pet at home:
Your pet is in their familiar setting (especially good for dogs)
There’s no danger of damaging other people’s things
Food, toys, yard, cage, etc. are already set up and your pet already knows the lay of the land
No other animals to compete or fight with
Your pets can eat the same foods as usual and can keep up with their daily routine
The people looking after your pets can also watch the house for you (taking in mail, cleaning walkways, turning on lights, etc.) to give the appearance that someone is home
You can just leave the keys and go