Hiring A Pet Sitter vs. Using A Boarding Kennel (Part 2 of 3)

For Dog & Cat owners

Part 2 of 3



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In the first part of my article (published April 16) Hiring a pet-sitter vs using a boarding kennel, I explained what the pros and cons of Pet Sitting services and Boarding Kennels (or Cattery for cats) are.

The next step would be to evaluate your pet’s health and temperament.

Evaluation of your dog:

Some questions to ask yourself:

How is my dog’s health & temperament?

  • You may say if my dog is young and healthy: There are better chances of boarding but you should keep in mind: Usually (and almost always) in order for dogs to be admitted to the kennels, proof of vaccinations are required.

Most veterinarians suggest C5 which is vaccinations against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and also Bordetella. However, each kennel or boarding facility has its own requirements and you have to do a research/ask a few to check the requirements and policies of each individual kennel. As for puppies, they need 2 sets of vaccines at the ages of 8, 12 and 16 weeks.

For example, Petsmart in Canada requires the following:

DPP (Distemper, Parvovirus & Parainfluenza)

1 or 3-yr. vaccine required


Required every 12 months, however, they recommend every 6 months & at least 7 days prior to check-in to ensure maximum efficiency & protection against Kennel Cough.


1 or 3-yr. vaccine required

Here is a link to their requirements taken from their website:

More questions:

  • If my dog is not healthy enough or is older or has diabetes for instance, will he or she be stressed out by being in a cage in the kennel at night? Will he/she be monitored and checked upon at least every 4 or 5 hours? Will his or her injections be done on time?
  • Is my dog socialized enough to get along with other dogs in the kennel?
  • If my dog is just a small breed, for example, a Bichon Frise; will he/she be OK to be mixed with other dogs of all sizes and breeds?


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Evaluation of your cat:

The above-mentioned questions for dogs apply to cats as well, because if for example in regards to the health issue, you have a cat who takes pills for any reason or needs insulin injections due to diabetes, you would have to make sure the boarding facility offers that service and is reliable and experienced enough for taking care of your cat.

Also, remember in order for cats to be boarded, they will need up-to-date vaccinations as well.

For example, Petsmart in Canada requires the following:

FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopenia)


Here is a link to their requirements taken from their website just to give you an idea:

More questions:

  • My cat does not like to be caged so what adverse effects will caging have on him/her? What will his/her reaction be?
  • My female cat has anxieties and is very shy. If she is stressed out, she will not eat. How will she react while being boarded in the Cattery?

…To be continued



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