Pet Sitters Week starts March 5th, and runs through the 11th. Choosing the right kennel or petsitter for your furry friend is very important! Although our four-legged companions would love to spend every waking moment with us, that just isn’t always possible. You’ll need to have a great backup care system for your pet, someone that you both like and trust. A Des Moines, IA vet discusses some of the pros and cons of petsitters in this article.Kennels Or Petsitters?We would generally advise taking Fido to a kennel instead of hiring a petsitter. One reason for this is that your pet will have ongoing professional care, in a spot that has been specifically designed for kenneling pups. We also recommend puppies, senior dogs, and pooches with health issues be boarded at veterinary clinics, just in case they need medical care. Don’t be afraid to ask about perks, such as extra walks and playtime. Many pups find their hotel stays fun and comfortable! Your canine buddy may be able to enjoy some fun extras on his vacation. Choosing A PetsitterIf you do opt for a petsitter, it’s important to vet them carefully. After all, this is someone you’ll be letting into your home unsupervised. It may help to go through a professional pet sitting service, as their screening processes may provide an extra layer of security. However, it’s still important to do your due diligence. Let your canine pal have a say as well! Of course, agencies aren’t the only option. It may be tempting to ask a friend or family member to help look after your pet. This is a great idea in theory, but if something were to go wrong, that could be an extremely stressful and difficult situation to navigate.TipsNo matter what option you go for, it’s generally a good idea to do a trial run before leaving Fido in another’s care for a long period. If you’re hiring a petsitter, have them stop by to walk and play with your pooch one day while you’re at work, just to see how it goes. It’s also important to provide any special instructions very clearly. If Fido is allergic to chicken, that is definitely something his caretakers need to know.Do you want to learn more about boarding? Please feel free to contact us, your Des Moines, IA Animal clinic, anytime!