When it comes to boarding your dog, there are a number of dog boarding in Raleigh options to consider. You can opt for a Raleigh boarding facility, a pet sitter, leaving your dog with friends…but how do you know which option is best for your dog? Here at Leesville Animal Hospital, we understand that this can be a difficult decision, so today we’re sharing some useful information to help you to decide.
Dog Boarding in Raleigh: Which Boarding Option is Right For Your Dog?
So, you’ve finally booked that two-week cruise that you’ve been dreaming of for goodness knows how long and you just can’t wait! The only problem is that your furriest family member won’t be joining you.
We know, it’s always disheartening when you can’t bring your pup along on a family vacation with you, but fortunately, there are a few options to provide your pup with loving care while you’re away. The question is, which type of boarding is right for your dog?
Leaving Your Dog With Friends or Family
One option that some of our clients choose when they go on vacation is to leave their dog with friends or family. We know, you don’t expect a veterinary facility that offers dog boarding in Raleigh to suggest that you leave your dog with friends or family, but we always want you to do what’s best for your dog and that’s not always using a boarding facility in Raleigh and it’s not always leaving them with friends and family either!
So, when do we recommend thinking about leaving your dog with friends and family instead of using a boarding kennel in Raleigh?
Consider leaving your dog with friends or family if:
- You live with friends or family who can care for your dog and keep their normal routine while you are on vacation.
- Your friends or family don’t mind caring for your dog.
Leaving your dog with friends or family might not be the best choice for you if:
- Your friends or family are busy people who spend a lot of time outside of their house engaged in activities that aren’t dog-friendly.
- Your dog is unfamiliar with elements of your friend or family’s home – for example, your dog is not used to living with children or cats and your friend or family member has children or cats.
Hiring a Pet Sitter to Visit Your Home
Some of our clients decide to hire a pet sitter to come to their home when they are on vacation instead of using a Raleigh boarding facility. This isn’t the right choice for everyone, but there are some instances where it might be a good option for you.
Consider having a pet sitter visit your home to care for your dog if:
- You have someone you can trust to come to your home and care for your dog AND you are only leaving for a short period or your pet sitter is willing to housesit and stay overnight for you too!
Having a pet sitter visit your home to care for your dog might not be the right choice for you if:
- If you’re going to be away for longer than a day or two and do not trust someone to stay in your home while you’re away. More than a few days away requires more than just someone dropping in to walk your dog and feed them each day. Your dog needs company and socialization in addition to the “basics”!
- If you have a limited budget – pet sitters can be expensive!
Taking Your Dog to Stay at a Petsitter’s Home
Another alternative to having a pet sitter visit your home to care for your dog is using a pet sitting service that allows you to take your dog to their home. As with other options, this isn’t the best choice for everyone but it might be right for your dog if:
- You know and trust your pet sitter and they are able to spend adequate time with your dog during their stay, and you feel comfortable with your dog staying in their facility or home.
Leaving your dog with a pet sitter at their home might not be the right choice for you if:
- You are leaving for a long period and have a limited budget – pet sitting can be very costly!
- If you’ve never used a pet sitter before. We never recommend leaving your dog with a new pet sitter for an extended period for their first visit!
- If your pet sitter has foreign elements in their home – remember those children and cats we mentioned before?
Leaving Your Dog in Dog Boarding in Raleigh
Now we come to leaving your dog in a dog boarding facility in Raleigh. Here at Leesville, we have our own boarding facility inside our veterinary facility and it’s a great option for many of our clients! We recommend boarding at a veterinary run boarding facility for your dog if:
- Your dog needs medical supervision. A veterinary run boarding kennel like ours ensures that your dog has any routine medical needs taken care of and it allows for quick access to veterinary care in the event of an emergency.
- Your dog is easily bored, highly active, or used to having company all day. When you leave your dog with us for dog boarding in Raleigh, we give you the option of various activities that will keep your dog happy, exercised, and busy including regular walks, daycare, treat time, and one on one time! You pick what is right for your dog so you can customize their whole stay.
- You don’t have someone responsible in your life who can take good care of your dog.
- You don’t want to add another responsibility to the life of already busy friends or family members.
Boarding your dog in a Raleigh dog boarding kennel might not be the best choice for your dog if:
- Your dog is not current on their vaccinations a boarding facility is not the right choice for you. Even in the most sanitary boarding kennel, when you bring multiple animals together, there is a chance that one of them is carrying a cold, canine influenza, or cough even if they’re not symptomatic.
If your dog is not up to date on their vaccinations:
- They could be the dog that brings one of these viruses into the kennel which poses a serious risk to immuno-compromised dogs.
- They could contract a virus if another dog is carrying it and without up-to-date veterinary care, they could become very ill.
- Your dog is exceptionally anxious. If your dog has severe problems with anxiety, they will be more comfortable with a pet sitter or friend or family member in their own home.
- Your dog does not enjoy the company of other dogs. A boarding kennel is full of other dogs so it’s definitely not the place for your dog if they aren’t a fan of other dogs!
Still Not Sure About Dog Boarding in Raleigh?
If you’re still not sure about which dog boarding in Raleigh option is best for your dog and you have more questions that you would like answered, why not give us a call and arrange to come by and see our facility and talk with our team members? We’d be happy to answer your questions and welcome your new pup to our North Raleigh veterinary family!