Is Pet Sitting More Expensive Than Boarding?

jack russell in crateYou have two major choices when it comes to finding pet care.  You can either take your pets to a boarding facility or you can hire a professional pet sitter.  OK, you have three choices – you could also beg a friend, family member or neighbor to watch your furry companions for you and hope that everything goes well.  There are many factors that come into play when making your decision.  This blog post will focus solely on the price difference between pet sitting and dog boarding.

We based our research by checking the websites of a few of the most popular boarding facilities within the general vicinity of the Capital District.  We reviewed the websites of Creekside Kennel, Merry Lynn Kennels and Pet Lodges at the Albany Airport.  We’d like to preface this by saying we have no personal experience with any of these facilities.  We are merely using them to compare prices.  We are in no way bashing their services or facilities.  We’re just presenting the facts.

For comparison purposes let’s say you have two mixed breed dogs weighing approximately 55 pounds each and you want complete care packages because only the best will do for them, right?  Let’s also say that both dogs require some sort of medications.  We will show you the comparisons between these three facilities and then show you how it compares to Purrfect Pet Sitting.

Creekside Kennel:

  • 2 dogs, same run – $47 per day
  • Nature walk $10
  • Dispensing medication – $4
  • Cuddle & Brush – $10
  • Total per day for 2 dogs $71 (assuming the extras are for both dogs, if charged separately for each dog the total would be $95)

Merry Lynn Kennels:

  • 2 dogs in same suite – $65
  • Email with pictures daily – $10
  • Swimming – $12 per 1/2 hour
  • Total per day for 2 dogs $87 (assuming the extras are for both dogs, if charged separately for each dog the total would be $99)

Pet Lodges Albany Airport:

  • Standard room – $35 per day x 2 less 20% discount for second dog = $56
  • Cuddle & Brush – $10
  • Playtime – $10
  • Total per day for 2 dogs $76 (assuming the extras are for both dogs, if charged separately for each dog the total would be $96)

Purrfect Pet Sitting:

  • In-Home pet sitting services = $36-$72 depending on number of visits (2 – 4 per day)
  • Fee for multiple dogs = INCLUDED
  • Dispensing of medications = INCLUDED
  • One on one time = INCLUDED
  • Cuddles & Playtime = INCLUDED
  • Brush  = INCLUDED
  • Daily updates via text or email = INCLUDED
  • Their favorite treats = INCLUDED
  • Daily Walks = INCLUDED

Added Bonuses with Purrfect Pet Sitting:

  • Your pet stays in their own home and sleeps in their own bed
  • No stressing about pick up/drop off times
  • No need for additional vaccinations (Bordatella to prevent kennel cough is required with dog boarding)
  • No need to pack up your dog’s food, toys, bowls, beds, etc.
  • Your dogs will have the same sights, smells and sounds that they are accustomed to.
  • Your home will be taken care of also.  We’ll bring in your mail and newspaper and even water your plants!
  • Your dogs get to frequent their favorite, regular potty spots!

Total Per Day for in your home pet sitting for 2 Dogs = $38-$72 depending on the number of visits

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