The term "pet sitter"
implies someone “sits” with
your pet the entire time you are gone....
most cases, however, it would be better to use the term “pet
checker” as most only check on your pet once or twice during a
twenty-four hour period. Many times there is little or no
supervision, exercise or companionship.
Emphasis all too
frequently is placed more on the quantity of calls rather than the
pet’s welfare since pet checkers are usually paid by the
job or visit..... there are differences, and you should know about them before
you leave your pets home alone!
Misconceptions Many misconceptions exist between what pet care
professionals can provide, and what a pet checker does in the absence
of pet owners. Since Bokhara Pet Resort & Grooming Spa has a genuine
interest in the welfare of the pets they care for, here are some
points for consideration.
At Bokhara Pet Resort & Grooming Spa our kennel staff is available throughout the entire day,
and during the night time hours, to provide care should the need arise.
Evening bed checks are performed several times every evening to make sure your pet
is safe and secure before retiring for the night.
NEXT TIME YOU PLAN A VACATION,
CONSIDER THESE DIFFERENCES:
Pet Checker Situation
Pet left alone 23 out
of 24 hours.
Pet may suffer from
separation anxiety and extreme boredom.
With no social
interaction or routine the pet may become ill or howl or bark
Pet may suffer
needlessly due to delayed treatment for illness or accident.
Pet may bar entry into your home - "protecting" his home, or hide under a bed
preventing adequate care.
Pet may destroy your home,
yard, belongings, or even forget basic house training.
Pet may escape and run away to
find his owner, or hurt himself trying, especially during
thunderstorms, or fireworks.
Bokhara Pet Resort
environment with care givers and other pets present. Pets are
encouraged to participate, eat, eliminate several times a day, and
left to fend for themselves.
Social interaction &
routines are designed for the pets physical and emotional health:
i.e. playtimes, treats, toys, walks, frisbee sessions, tennis
sessions, and grooming needs.
Immediate treatment of
illness, injury & stress-related symptoms are identified
Special Care - Bokhara
provides extra services for old, young and sensitive pets to
alleviate anxiety through the use of kind words, raised beds, and
special preparation of diets.
Security - As most
dogs that end up as strays or in pounds have escaped from their
while the owner was away, escape from Bokhara Pet Resort &
is almost non-existent as we are double fenced from
floor line to roof line to keep our guests safely in and unwanted others
The entire staff at
Bokhara Pet Resort & Grooming Spa is dedicated to providing the very best
care for your pet while they are in our care. We look
at pet boarding as a fun-filled vacation for you pet while you are away!
Pet checkers can't match
this routine without several costly trips to the owner's house and
just may miss or overlook important signs during the short time they
are in your home.
Costs One of the primary reasons pet owners revert to
checkers is price. As you well know, good quality care does not come
cheap, but consider that Bokhara Pet Resort & Spa have invested
deal of capital into their facilities. Bokhara Pet
Resort & Grooming Spa is financially motivated to provide
excellent pet care and services which lead to long-lasting
relationships with the pet owner.
Boarded pets are observed by full-time
staff and the Bokhara Pet Resort owners live on the
premises. The pet's well-being is our 1st priority. Health or
behavior problems can then be referred to the right specialists.
Bokhara Pet Resort & Spa regularly notices symptoms even the most
attentive owners might overlook at home. Boarded pets
may receive flea treatments, skin, coat and medical care as needed or as
directed by their veterinarian each time they board.
Boarded pets are
required to have all vaccinations current for contagious diseases. Pet
checkers going from house to house may introduce virus to
a pet in another house on their route. Boarded pets do not destroy carpeting, drapes,
landscaping or your relationship with your neighbors while you are
out of town.
Home Security While the care and well being of your pets is your
main concern, you should also consider the risks of strangers
(whether bonded or not) having access to your home and personal
Separation Anxiety Pets suffer emotional stress when their owners leave
whether they're left at home or placed in a boarding kennel. It's
how those providing the care respond that makes the difference in
the pet's emotional state.
Health & Welfare Stresses brought on by the pet owner leaving may
cause an illness to come on quickly. Disorders such as bloat,
diarrhea and heatstroke need prompt attention or the pet may suffer
needlessly. Home accidents such as ingesting household poisons,
injuries or bee stings can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Pets on medication should receive it on schedule and be monitored
for side effects and other symptoms. Extra effort must be made to
keep the convalescing pet comfortable, clean, eating, eliminating
and to make follow-up visits to the veterinarian.
At Bokhara Pet Resort & Grooming Spa pets are monitored throughout the day & evening by staff
trained to recognize early signs of illness. This prevents problems
from escalating. Staffing at Bokhara allows the pet
to be taken to your veterinarian immediately if needed, and ensures
the veterinarian's instructions are followed throughout the
convalescence. A pet checker may not notice a problem until a late
check, at which time the pet may be critical and need the services
of an emergency clinic, at a greater cost to the owner. Should
problems occur moments after a pet checker leaves, it may be many
hours before it is noticed - a very serious and possible deadly
NEXT TIME YOU
A VACATION, REMEMBER THESE DIFFERENCES
Dog & Cat Pet Boarding & Doggie Day Care
Near the Grand Traverse Resort & Casino, Near Traverse City, MI and located
on the shores of Elk Lake and close to Torch Lake