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Most pet owners view Mittens and Fido as family members. That’s why summer vacations can pose a problem if family or friends aren’t available to keep an eye on your furry friends. Opting for a pet sitter to periodically check-in or sending them to a kennel, can leave pet parents feeling guilty. However, more and more pet boarding establishments have ensured that pets will be pampered and amenities are on par with those found at five star resorts.
Perks often include web cams for pet owners to keep an eye on their dog or cat via the Internet, exercise time, tuck-in services where the pet is lavished with attention prior to bedtime, televisions and sound systems to remind them of home, grooming, exercise and play time, fitness and diet experts to keep them in shape, training, swimming pools for dogs, beds, windows in the “suites,” massage, medical care, top notch meals, and more. While some of the services may seem over-the-top, most luxury pet boarding destinations are inexpensive. There are pet hotels that start at less than $20 per night.
Accommodations for pets have become big business and pet hotels and resorts are typically highly regulated and professional. Yet, it’s still important to visit prior to dropping your pet off. Make sure the facility is clean, immunizations are required, medical care is available, clean water and quality food are in full supply, there are enough staff members to provide your pet with attention, and everything is safe and secure. Ask friends, colleagues, family, your vet, and acquaintances for recommendations. Or visit abka.com to find American Board Kennels Association-certified establishments. Leaving your pets in the care of a well maintained pet hotel with a good reputation, can put your mind at ease to allow both you and your dog or cat to enjoy a vacation.