Pet daycares are becoming more and more popular. Not so long ago, most pets slept in the barn with the rest of the animals. Nowadays, some pets have their own bed in their own room. However, daycare might not be the only option when it comes to attaining care for your pet while you’re away.
Things to Consider Before Selecting Pet Daycare
Your pet may not have the personality to thrive in the atmosphere a pet daycare has to offer. Pets that are socially challenged almost never acclimate to daycare. These are typically older pets that have received little or no socialization and seem to be content by themselves. On the other hand, young pets that are lacking in social skills can benefit by attending a well-qualified pet daycare.
Pets who are actively aggressive or maintain other abnormal or unpredictable behaviors are also not prime candidates for pet daycare. However, there are other options that can benefit both you and your pet that are discussed at the end of this article.
Visit the Daycare
Don’t take a friend’s recommendation of a pet daycare as the gospel; find out for yourself. Visit the daycare unannounced and inquire about all aspects of the facility. Ask questions, observe the demeanor of staff and the pets attending, inquire about the cost; find out the ratio of staff to pets and any special activities or training provided?
When you observe the demeanor of the pets and staff, you want to see happy pets in a controlled environment and the same for the staff. Watch how pets are handled and the interaction between pets and staff.
Observe the daycare for cleanliness. Although a pet daycare will smell like animals, there’s a distinct difference between the odor of a pet and urine and feces. Is the daycare organized or messy? This too, should be considered.
Questions to Ask
Is there an assessment given to potential daycare attendees prior to acceptance?
What are the vaccination requirements?
Does the daycare provide opportunities for both indoor and outdoor activities?
Does the daycare provide group activities? If so, how are groups determined?
What about pets with allergies?
Is behavior modification/training available?
What are the training procedures/requirements for staff?
What is the protocol for inappropriate behavior between animals and how are those situations handled?
What type of punishment is used, if any?
What is the daycares policy for handling injuries?
Finally, what does it cost? Depending on the quality, programs offered, and care to meet your needs, pet daycare can vary between $5 and $50 a day.
If pet daycare is not an option, consider hiring a pet/house sitter or perhaps someone to walk, play and feed your pet while you are away. Petsit USA is a company that formed to help people across the United States locate qualified daycare and pet sitters. In addition to listings, they provide information regarding services available. They also provide a checklist, along with frequently asked questions that will help you in your decision of finding quality pet care and safety for your pet.
Sources: PetSitUSA.com, Pet Care Services Association