It has been a long year for some of us in Connecticut. A lot of us have been dying to travel and get out of the house!
If you have a pet, you know that you can’t take them with you everywhere you go. It is crucial to ensure you have alternative care options for your pet if you will be away for an extended period of time.
With summer on its way, a lot of us may have a chance to get away for some much-needed vacation time. While you are out on vacation, however, who will you entrust to ensure that your pets receive the highest quality care in your absence? For both long or short stays, you can always turn toward the assistance of a trusted pet sitter or boarding kennel.
To choose between these two options, one thing people need to know about is the cost of pet sitting vs boarding your pet in Connecticut. While many factors may drive up either option’s price, you must also weigh both options’ pros and cons and decide how your pet would do with either one.
In this blog, we will break down the cost of pet sitting vs boarding your pet in Connecticut, as well as explore the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision about what’s best for your fur baby.
What is Pet Boarding?
When people think about boarding kennels, they typically think of cold, concrete and steel runs or steel or plastic cages with no common social space. This sounds like a rather depressing environment!
Fortunately for your pups, this is no longer the norm. Boarding kennels (or pet hotels) come with all sorts of fun amenities to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your pet.
Your dogs can enjoy a luxurious suite, with plenty of toys, plexiglass doors to see through, and even an elevated bed for maximum comfort while they enjoy DogTV on their own personal television. For cats, they can expect multi-level perches to relax and climb on. They will also have plenty of toys and sounds of birds to keep them stimulated. Some facilities even provide shuttle service to and from the boarding facility can make boarding arrangements even easier for pet parents.
The Cost of Boarding in Connecticut
The cost of boarding depends on the amenities chosen as well as the level of care your dog needs.
Typically boarding facilities charge a nightly rate. These rates typically start at $55 per night for one dog. Some facilities may also charge based on the size of your dog as well. If you have multiple pets, sometimes a slight discount is given but, expect to pay approximately double the price of one pup.
Some pet care facilities may host pets in a variety of suites as well. You may have the option to choose a standard boarding experience, which typically costs less and is ideal if you won’t be gone for very long. If you are away for an extended period of time, you may also have the option to upgrade to a luxury kennel with more features at an increased cost.
Suppose you want to provide your pets with additional services like extra play outings, cuddle time, medication administrations, baths, extra walks, treats etc. These can drive up the overall cost of boarding in Connecticut. If your pet is boarding for the first time, the extra attention and amenities may help ease their stress and anxiety of being in a new environment.
One last thing to consider: Most boarding facilities require that all pets be up to date on their regular vaccinates. The important ones being Rabies, DHPP/DHLPP and Bordetella. Reputable kennels will also require a recent stool sample tested negative for parasites. While this doesn’t directly affect the cost of boarding, it is another expense to consider if you do want to go down this route for your pet.
What is Pet Sitting?
Pet sitting overall is an excellent option for many pet parents as it can provide your dog with the most normalcy in an environment they are most comfortable and familiar with. Generally, either someone will come to your home and take your pet out of walks, feed them on their schedule, and keep them company for a bit, or you can hire a live-in sitter who will spend the days and nights with your pet. They may even be able to take care of small household tasks like watering plants or collecting the mail.
The Cost of Pet Sitting in Connecticut
The price of pet sitting in Connecticut can cost, on average, about $27 per visit for one pet. If you have multiple pets or different kinds of pets, that can certainly play a role in increasing pet sitting costs.
Some pet sitters will also charge extra for additional services such as nail trims, medication administrations, or cleaning up any accidents your pet may have. Some companies, such as our own, don’t charge extra for these amenities, as they are included in the service’s overall cost.
At RCO Pet Care, our pet sitting services start at just $24 per visit. We will work together to ensure we are covering all of your dogs’ needs, as well as keeping you safe while we continue to fight through this COVID-19 pandemic.
We’re Here For You
To learn how RCO Pet Care can help you with your pet care needs, check out our services, contact us or call us at (203) 641-2428. We are proud to service Middlebury, Naugatuck, Newtown, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown and Woodbury, CT. If you’re outside of our service area, we’re happy to help you find a reputable, professional pet care provider. We’ve got your tail!