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Stop Boarding Your Pets

Almost every pet owner has run across the tough dilemma of what to do when you have to go away. Most of us have at some point or another had to go out of town. Maybe it was for a vacation, maybe a business trip, maybe to visit family. No matter the case, in all likelihood, the pets have to remain behind. So, what are we supposed to do?

The easiest answer is to have friends or family pet sit. Ideally, it would be people who have spent some time with the pets and who already have a relationship with the pets. This can remove some of the stress of pets being left alone without their owners.

However, sometimes that option isn’t available, and unfortunately, the next choice for many people is to board their pets.

This, on the surface, makes sense. Boarders are professionals, and if they have been around for a while and have a good reputation, very likely, they know how to take care of your pet. However, there are a lot of negatives to consider.

First and foremost, it’s hard on your pets. Think about it from their perspective: their masters have gone away. They don’t know why or where they are and they don’t know how long their masters will be gone. If this is your first time going away, they may be unsure if you will ever return. Imagine how hard that is on them.

Then, imagine the added stress of being taken away themselves, being put in an unfamiliar location, with unfamiliar people, surrounded by other pets they’ve never known, in a place that is loud and smells completely different. Their food is different. Their relationship with other people is different. If there’s another pet in the home, they may not see them, adding even more stress.

It’s not just this psychological worry that makes it better to avoid boarding, according to Walk ATX Pet Care, boarding is more emotionally stressful and harmful to a pet’s health than staying home.

So, what is the best option if boarding is out and friends and family are unavailable? Well, use a service that comes to the home to visit the pets. These services are as professional and knowledgeable as boarders, with the added bonus of letting pets stay in the home and stay together.

Obviously, there are no perfect options when leaving a pet. It’s often the worst part of any trip saying goodbye for the day, week, or month. It’s clear the pets sense something is wrong, and yet, you can’t explain that you’ll be back soon.

It’s heartbreaking to go, but we still have to do it, whether it’s for work, family, or just a chance to relax. The best we can do is make life as easy as possible for our furry friends. That means keeping them in the environment they know and around other pets they know. The more you can keep familiar with them, the easier their time will be.

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