September is National Pet Sitters Education Month! As you may know, here at Raintree Pet Resort & Medical Center, we run a deluxe doggy hotel and daycare. While pet sitting is a bit different than daycare, they are both beneficial. Our canine pals are very sociable, and can get quite upset if left alone. A Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses pet sitting and doggy daycare below.

What Is A Pet Sitter?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what pet sitting entails. In 1997, Random House defined pet sitting as “the act of caring for a pet in its own home while the owner is away.” This puts the distinction between pet sitting and doggie daycares, such as ours, on the location. That isn’t the only difference, however. In both cases, Fido’s caretaker may walk, feed, and play with him. Fluffy may have her litterbox changed and her food bowl refilled. Pet sitters don’t necessarily need special training for these simple tasks. Doggy daycares are typically run by more experienced professionals. They may also offer additional services or care, such as training or grooming. They allow dogs to socialize with their buddies, which is very beneficial for them. In our case, as our daycare is connected to a veterinary hospital, we are also able to care for pets with medical issues.

Pet Sitting Vs. Daycare

Many people opt for pet sitters or dog walkers over doggy daycare simply as a matter of convenience. It’s also true that some pets—particularly cats—are more comfortable staying home. Of course, it ultimately depends on the pet. Dogs, for example, get much more anxious at being left alone than cats generally do. They also need to be walked, which isn’t really the case for Fluffy. Plus, Fido benefits from the social interaction of playing with other pooches. Cats? Not so much.

Best Of Both Worlds

In some cases, pets may be able to enjoy both options. If you work really long hours on specific days, and don’t get out until after the daycare is closed, a petsitter or dog walker may be a great option for those days. In any case, it won’t hurt to give things a try.

Do you want to learn more about our daycare? Contact us, your local Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, today! We’re dedicated to offering great care!