Guest post by Brandon Butler, Furandfeathers.info
Most pet owners will find themselves in a situation where they have to be away for a night or two. The question of what to do with the pet can be a difficult one, especially if you don’t have friends or family nearby who could take them in. Luckily, high-quality overnight pet care is available for your furry friends, as long as you take the time to consider their particular needs.
Where To Find Overnight Pet Care
Your main options are a pet sitter, kennel/cattery, or a vet’s office. Using a pet sitter is the best option as it gives you the choice of either moving your pet to the sitter’s house, or simply paying someone to come to your place and make sure they are OK. The choice will depend on your pet. Cats are much happier to be left alone, and will usually be fine with a sitter, and dogs may need more round-the-clock attention.
The easiest and most convenient way to find overnight pet care is to use a service like Rover, which has a large network of trusted cat sitters and dog boarders who can take care of your pets. Everyone on the network has been reviewed and approved by both Rover and other users, meaning you are guaranteed to find someone reliable and trustworthy.
You can also place your pet in a kennel or cattery for the night. This works fine for some animals, but could be quite stressful for some pets, especially older ones. The best way to counteract this would be to condition your pet to feel comfortable in a kennel by taking them there for short day-stays, but costs start to rack up if you do this.
Keeping your animal overnight at a vet’s office is a great option if they are ill or elderly, but can be quite expensive. And, not all vets offer this service.
How Much Does Overnight Care Cost?
Overnight pet sitting may cost between $50 and $75, but this can vary depending on where you stay and how long you need the service. According to Care.com, pet care is easier to find in urban hubs but tends to be more expensive, while rural or suburban options are usually cheaper but harder to find. Long-term stays will usually come with a per-night discount, which you can negotiate directly with the sitter or kennel.
Special Considerations for Ill or Elderly Pets
If your pet is older or has a condition that requires additional care, there are a few more things you should keep in mind. You will need to find a pet sitter who has experience with ill pets, including things such as giving medications or working with pets that are blind or deaf.
A pet CPR certification is also something to look out for, as it ensures that whoever is taking care of your pet is able to deal with an emergency situation without endangering them. The Red Cross certification is particularly well-respected, but there are plenty of other high-quality options: Double-check the credentials of your sitter before hiring them.
Finding someone to take care of your pet can seem complicated. However, there are plenty of professionals out there who understand just how important your buddy is to you and know exactly how to keep them happy while you are away. A little bit of research into your local options should be enough to find some great candidates, and you’ll be able to enjoy your time away from home safe in the knowledge that your pet is in good hands.
Brandon loves all animals--whether they’re four-legged, two-legged, furry, or feathered. He enjoys writing about pet care and sharing the knowledge he’s gained as a vet tech.