The term "pet sitter" implies someone “sits” with your
pet the entire time you are gone....
In 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 Countryside Kennels has a
genuine interest in the welfare of the pets they care for, here are
some points for consideration.
At Countryside Kennels 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
every evening to make sure your pet is safe and secure before
retiring for the night.
NEXT TIME YOU PLAN A VACATION, CONSIDER
Pet Checker Situation
Pet left alone 23 out of
Pet may suffer from
separation anxiety and extreme boredom.
With no social interaction
or routine the pet may become ill or howl or bark nonstop.
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.
environment with care givers and other pets present.
Pets are encouraged to
participate, eat, eliminate several times a day, and are NOT
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 - Countryside Kennels 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 own yard
while the owner was away, escape from Countryside Kennels is
almost non-existent as we are double fenced. The entire
staff at Countryside Kennels 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
Costs - One of the primary reasons pet owners revert to a
pet checkers is price. As you well know, good quality care does
not come cheap, but consider that Countryside Kennels has
invested a great deal of capital into their facilities.
Countryside Kennels 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
Countryside Kennels 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. Countryside
Kennels staff 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
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 - Stress 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 Countryside Kennels pets are monitored by staff
trained to recognize early signs of illness. This prevents
problems from escalating. Staffing at Countryside Kennels
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 delay.
NEXT TIME YOU PLAN A VACATION, CONSIDER THESE DIFFERENCES
Kennels, Pet Resort & Spa
"A Family Owned Pet Care Facility
Spanning Over Three Generations"
1458 64th Avenue,
Zeeland, Michigan 49464
Phone: 616-688-5821 | Fax: 616-688-5734
Kennels is located in Zeeland, Michigan. We are near and a very easy drive
the South West
Grand Rapids Metro Area, Holland, Jenison, Hudsonville, Grandville, and
Byron Center, Michigan
You are NOT a long distance from a premium pet care facility !