Pet Sitters in Perth vs Cat and Dog Boarding
Whether you need to travel overseas with your family or visit relatives on school holidays, it’s not always possible to have your beloved pets come along with you.
So what do you do with your pets while you are away? In many situations, people will opt to have a friend or family member whom your pet is familiar with watch them. Recently, members of the public have started working as pet sitters across Perth as a casual job or to supplement their income. Every person has their own specific needs and requirements and pet sitting may meet these for some, however, pet boarding provides a range of benefits for both you and your pet that should be considered.
Extras Services at Boarding Facilities
While pet sitters may offer extras such as dog walking or bringing in your mail, the range of extras on offer is generally quite limited. At first glance, people may not know the full suite of extras available at Perth cat boarding and dog boarding facilities. Extras for your pet can include:
- Dog washing: is there anything better than giving your dog a hug and they smell fresh and clean? Most dog boarders offer dog washing services to make sure your puppy is nice and clean when you go to pick them up.
- Administering medication: Nobody likes to give their pet medication – it can be tricky with dogs, and even harder with cats! If you leave your pets with an animal boarding facility you can breathe easy knowing that your pet will be getting their medication properly and on time. Unfortunately, many pet sitters aren’t experienced or have the proper training to be able to successfully administer medication so if you have dog (or cat) that requires special attention, a boarding facility may be a safer option.
- Grooming: If you want to take your dog wash just that little bit further, you’ll be pleased to know that most boarding facilities offer grooming services. From cutting back long hair during summer or clipping long nails, this is a service rarely available from pet sitters in Perth.
- Long hikes: If you’ve got an energetic dog like a border collie or husky, you know too well their energy levels. Having a pet sitter come twice a day for a short walk may not cut it when it comes to expending their energy. One of the benefits of boarding your dog is that they often provide different lengths of dog walks, West Coast Pet Care Centre even offer hikes to make sure your dog is getting the activity that they need.
Country hikes are one of the extras provided by Perth boarding facilities like West Coast Pet Care Centre.
Pets are a part of our family and we wouldn’t want to leave them with just anyone. While cat sitters or dog sitters can appear friendly and competent, the problem is that there is no way to properly check how experienced they really are. A pet sitter can be a high school student, stay at home parent, or someone using it as a second job. There is no official qualifications required for pet sitters in Perth and no national accreditations needed either.
Animal boarding facilities, however, are often accredited with local or national associations. These accreditations allow owners to feel reassured that boarding facilities are at a level that is suitable for their furry family member.
West Coast Pet Care Centre are proud to be WA’s only PIAA (Pet Industry Association) accredited boarding and training facility. This means you can be sure of the quality, systems and standard of care your pet will receive.
Interaction with People & Pets
Most animals, especially dogs, are social beings. They want to be around people, and often other animals. Dogs have the opportunity to interact with various people when at a boarding facility. West Coast Pet Care Centre also offer unique “Board & Train” boarding options. This is not something that a dog sitter can offer when caring for your fur-baby at home.
Additionally, if your dog has the right temperament they can go on walks and have play time sessions with other dogs too, just like these two dogs playing at our large grassed exercise areas.
What is Dog Sitting?
Dog sitter services have recently become more common across Perth, however there is sometimes confusion as to what dog sitting is and what it entails. A dog sitter will come to your house to feed and sometimes walk your dog. If you are only leaving your dog for a day, this may be suitable for you. If you have multiple dogs or are leaving for an extended period of time, perhaps dog boarding is the way to go if you would like to experience the benefits and extras mentioned above.
The bottom line is that there are a multitude of options out there to consider for looking after your pets. However, while you need to do the right thing for you and your pet’s needs, boarding your animals at West Coast Pet Care Centre has a great advantage over the other options available. Contact us to enquire about boarding today!