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Q: Leaving a pet with your vet vs a pet hotel

February 21, 2009 | By lori l. | 12 answers | Expired: 1965 days ago

lori l.

Do you think it is better to leave your dog with its own vet or in a dog hotel?

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Matthew14
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Feb 26, 2009

I agree with most of everyone else,
I think the vet would be better

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LINDSAY D.
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Feb 25, 2009

PERSONALLY I SAY THE ANIMALS VET.

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Monica B.
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Feb 25, 2009

My vet has a separate kennel and I prefer to leave them there. That way, if anything happens (god forbid), the vets already know their background and have their medical records. I also know and like everyone at my vets office so it gives me a little piece of mind.

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Jessica T.
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Feb 23, 2009

I have worked at a pet hotel, and think that leaving a pet there is better than at the vet's. If you think about it, vet offices are pretty scary and there are a lot of germs to worry about. In the end, whatever works best for the pet is what should be done.

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Chipshotken
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Feb 21, 2009

My wife used to try to figure out what to do with our dog when we went on vacations. I think she called and went to visit several places before she ever made up her mind and since places vary so much, that is probably a good idea to do wherever you live before you decide that one is better than another.

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Tom F.
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Feb 21, 2009

If at all possible, I would leave my pets at home and have a friend come over and feed. However, after checking out facilities of both vets and boarders, I usually opt for the vet just in case of an emergency.

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Lisa S.
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Feb 21, 2009

I think it would be helpful to research all facilities near you and then make a decision. (This includes actually visiting the facility - asking a lot of questions, seeing where your animal will stay - etc. I have had good results with both. I also learned that you can't assume that one facility is better than another based on simply being more expensive. (At one point I lived in a large city, chose a boarding kennel, and learned this the hard way.) I would make sure it was acceptable to call/check on your pets and that they will notify you in any type of emergency. As someone already mentioned – I think the most ideal situation (for me) is having someone stay in my home/pet sitting. This allows my pets to stay where they are familiar/happy and the pet sitter can help them with their established routines.

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Lauri E.
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Feb 21, 2009

Wherever you leave your dogs you should take the time to check it out and make sure you feel comfortable with the people and the place. Ask questions. Don't leave them if you have any doubts and leave them for an overnighter before you have a vacation planned. Remember emergencies comes up and you need to have a plan for that.
I own a boarding kennel and i understand how hard it is to leave your dog and truthfully there are kennels where I wouldn't leave my dogs.
we walk or run the dogs 4 times a day, require proof of vaccinations, our runs are heated or air conditioned and have lots of fenced areas for the dogs to run.
I don't like the ideas of leaving my dogs at the vets because who is there at night? and there is a lot of sickness and I would assume unhealthy energy there.
I think it is a big responsiblity for friends to watch our dogs and with a petsitter coming into your house--do they spend the night? probably not--I guess you would have to feel comfortable having someone in and out of your house.
Whatever you decide check it out first!

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Carol
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Feb 21, 2009

I've done both, though I only used the vet's boarding services once. I prefer to have a friend house-sit and dog-sit; when that's not an option, I use a fantastic dog hotel in my area.
In my experience, a vet's boarding services are cheaper, but they're not nearly as nice as a dog hotel. Most dog hotels are open every day, have 24-hour on-site staff, have kennels with attached runs (instead of cages), offer walks and cuddle/play time, transport your pet to your vet in an emergency, etc.
The best dog hotels will let you tour the facility and accompany your pet to its kennel or sleeping area.
A dog hotel is well worth any additional cost, as you and your pet will be MUCH happier.

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Aaron
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Feb 21, 2009

We have a pet sitter come and watch our animals.

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