Whether you’re going away for business or pleasure, there will be times when you have to leave your pets behind. You’ll need to make arrangements for their care while you’re away, but should you choose in-home pet sitting services or should you board your pet at a local kennel?

Here are a few things to consider.

Pet Sitting

Pet sitters will come to your house to feed, play with, and walk your pet on a regular basis. Many people like in-home pet sitting because their pets get to stick to the same routines they know and love. Pet sitters provide one-on-one time with your pet and pay special attention to things such as medication schedules and dietary restrictions.  If you use a service like VIP Pets, you can even have a sitter stay overnight in your home giving your pets a truly routine experience!


Boarding your pet involves taking them to a kennel or doggy day care to stay for the duration of your trip (or during the day if you work long hours).

The staff at a kennel can meet your pet’s basic needs – food, exercise, and bathroom breaks – but unless you pay extra for one-on-one playtime, your pet probably won’t get it. There are simply too many animals and not enough humans for this in kennels.

Which Should You Choose?

In terms of your pet getting the undivided attention of the caretaker, pet sitting wins by a mile. Also, your pet gets to stay in familiar surroundings and stick to a familiar routine, things that can be very comforting while you’re away.

Pet sitting is also convenient, as it can be as short- or long-term as needed (even just for the afternoon). Hiring a professional pet sitter such as VIP Pet Services can make all the difference in getting your pet the quality care he deserves.

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