The Best Pet-Sitting Options for Traveling Pet Parents

Sep 30, 2018

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One of the most challenging tasks a pet owner can face is deciding what to do with their pet while traveling. After weighing whether or not you should bring your pet along for the journey, you may find that the best option is to leave them behind. Leaving your fur baby in the care of someone else is an idea that many people are not completely comfortable with, but often there is no other choice. These are some of the best options travelers can choose from when it comes to pet-sitting.

(Photo by Betsie Van Der Meer / Getty Images.)
(Photo by Betsie Van Der Meer / Getty Images.)


Rover connects pet parents with a network of animal lovers who will treat their pets like family while they’re away. Travelers in need of a sitter can choose the service that’s right for them, from dog boarding (overnight stay at a sitter’s home) and house sitting (the sitter stays overnight in your home) to drop-in visits for walks and playtime. Rover is a great option because pets can stay in the comfort of their own home and get plenty of one-on-one attention from a loving sitter. The company is picky about the sitters they allow on the site, approving less than 20% of all potential sitters and requiring background checks for new sitters. The Points Guy readers can also receive a $40 credit upon signup.

PetSmart PetsHotel

PetSmart stores offer pet-sitting services for dogs and cats at their very own PetsHotel properties, which are connected to 70 stores nationwide. The PetSmart PetsHotels have standard rooms or upgraded private suites that offer raised cots and televisions airing your pups’ favorite programs. Cats are kept in the Kitty Cottages and are separated from dogs to reduce any anxiety, and complimentary calming pheromones are used to keep pets relaxed for the duration of their stay. The 24/7 onsite care includes exercise walks around large playrooms for pups, and individual playtime daily for cats. Pet owners can choose to provide their own food, or treat their pet with the meals provided.

(Photo courtesy of D Pet Hotels.)

D Pet Hotels

The D Pet Hotels are so luxurious that most humans would be happy to stay in one of the suites. The company, which has locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Austin and Scottsdale, offers three different suites for pet owners to choose from: a small doggie cot, twin-sized bed or queen-sized bed. The rooms feature modern decor and large flat-screen televisions. Meals are prepared by a private chef who cooks up a variety of all-natural, custom recipes. The doggie hotels have their own gyms that include custom doggie treadmills and personal trainers for pups trying to shed a few pounds.

Local Kennels

Local kennels and pet-boarding services are available in almost any location. The best way to find the most reliable kennel is to reach out to friends, neighbors or your veterinarian for recommendations. Still, travelers should read the online reviews and visit the kennel before dropping your pet off to ensure that the space is suitable for your furry friend. Make sure the location looks and smells clean, has proper ventilation and a comfortable room temperature.

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