There are many different options for pet boarding facilities and pet care services in the Greater Bay Area. The following glossary will help you better understand the terms—and, therefore, the options—available to you when you need to board your dog, cat, bird or exotic pet.
Bird boarding facilities include aviaries, bird boarding centers, bird sitting services (either in your home or in the bird care service provider’s location) and even veterinary offices. Bird boarding services include feeding, medical care, wing trimming, beak trimming, nail trimming, overnight and daytime bird sitting, and long-term bird boarding for parrots, African Grey parrots, parakeets, songbirds, lovebirds, and other pet birds.
Also known as: parrot boarding, long-term bird boarding, bird boarding facilities
bird sitting services
Like bird boarding, bird sitting services offer feeding, medical care, grooming and overnight care for pet birds. Bird sitting services tend to be short-term, including bird daycare services. Bird sitting services most commonly occur in your home or in the home or facility of the bird sitter or bird care professional, which can help sensitive birds from becoming stressed or sick.
Also known as: in-home bird sitting, parrot sitting, in-home bird care, short-term bird sitting
When you go on vacation, have home remodeling completed, or can’t keep you cat at home for other reasons, you may choose a local cat boarding facility to care for your cat or cats. Good cat boarding locations offer comfortable accommodations for your cat(s), feeding and medicine services, grooming, playtime and socialization. Many cat boarding facilities will allow your cats to stay together so they feel more comfortable.
Also known as: cat care, cat boarding services, cat sitting, cattery
While cat boarding often takes care at a pet boarding facility, cat sitting often happens at your house or at the home of a professional pet sitter. Cat sitting services often take a limited number of pets, so the care may be more personalized. These services may be short visits to feed and check on the pet’s well-being, or may be 24/7 pet sitting. Cat sitting may also be a better choice for elderly cats, or cats that don’t deal with change well, since the cat may be able to stay in your own home.
Also known as: cat boarding, cat care services, professional cat sitter
Catteries are professional housing for cats. They are usually divided into cat boarding catteries and breeding catteries. Boarding catteries, also known as cat kennels, are usually used to temporarily house cats that cannot stay in their own homes either because their owners are on vacation, having house work done, or need to have their cats cared for in another location.
Also known as: cat boarding facilities, cat kennels, cat care facilities, cat care centers
dog boarding facilities
Dog boarding facilities, sometimes called kennels, are dog care facilities where dog owners board their pets while they are on vacation or unable to keep them at home.
Also known as: dog kennels, dog boarding, pet boarding facilities, pet kennels
Some dog boarding facilities and doggie daycare centers offer dog playgroups. These are social playgroups where dogs can play with other dogs. If you choose a dog kennel that offers dog playgroups, ensure that your dog will be with similar-sized dogs, only well-socialized dogs and that the playgroups are well-managed by competent professionals.
Also known as: social playgroups for dogs, dog playground, social dog boarding
Dogs that cannot be left home alone, whose owners work long hours, that need extra socialization or that need temporary daytime care may be good candidates for doggie daycare. Local dog daycare centers offer daytime care for dogs of all ages and sizes, and many provide dog playgroups and other socialization.
Also known as: doggy daycare, doggie day care, social dog day care
Dog sitters provide short-term dog care services that can include daytime and overnight. Most dog sitting services are provided in your home, but some dogsitters prefer to bring your dog to their home. Dog sitting may be 24/7 care or can be daily visits to your home to care for pets while you are on vacation or need monitoring for your pet after vet care or during days you cannot be with your pet.
Also known as: dog daycare, in-home dog sitting, dog boarding, daytime dog sitting
dog training classes
Local dog boarding facilities and doggie daycares may offer dog training services. These classes should be taught by professional trainers who understand dog behavior and effective behavior modification.
Also known as: dog behavior classes, dog training, in-house dog training, train-and-board, board-and-train dog training
Some dog owners require regular or intermittent dog walking services. These are usually provided by a dog walker coming to your home to walk your dog in your neighborhood or general area. Other dog walking services offer off-site dog walking in local parks or scenic areas. Professional dog walking services may be a good fit for individuals who work during the day and want additional stimulation for their dogs, for dogs that need more exercise, or for dogs that enjoy additional exercise and socialization while owners are gone. Dog walkers can also help keep dogs exercised for customers who have long-term or short-term medical conditions, disabilities, injuries or issues that prevent them from walking their dogs regularly.
Also known as: professional dog walking services, at-home dog walkers
Grooming services for pets include bathing, brushing, hair trimming, blow-drys, nail cutting/nail trimming, expressing anal glands, and other personal-care duties as needed, including wing trimming and beak trimming for birds. Grooming services may come to you (mobile dog grooming, mobile cat grooming), but most are based in brick-and-mortar buildings.
Also known as: pet grooming, dog grooming, cat grooming services, dog groomers, cat groomers, mobile pet grooming services
large animal boarding
If you own horses, livestock or other large animals, you may need special care for these animals if you can’t keep them at your home or if you go on vacation. Large animal boarding facilities accept horses and other large animals, while large animal and farm animal sitting companies provide in-home pet care for large animals so they can stay in your barn or home.
Also known as: horse boarding, farm animal boarding, in-home large animal sitting
live-in pet services
Boarding may not be possible for some pets, especially elderly pets, unsocialized pets, pets with health problems, anxious pets, pets that are too young to board, or exotic pets that aren’t accepted at most kennels. Live-in pet care services might be a good option for these pets. Live-in pet care professionals will come to your home and stay with your pet while you are gone so that your pet can be comfortable and relaxed in their own environment.
Also known as: pet sitters, in-home pet sitting
Pets that require medication need to be in the care of a professional kennel or petsitter that will reliably and carefully administer all medication on time and in the correct manner. Most kennels offer medication administration for free or at a minimal cost, depending on the boarding facility and the medication needs. Check with your boarding facility to ensure they can give your pet his or her medication correctly and reliably.
Also known as: giving meds
pet care services
Any type of pet-related service can be considered a pet care service. These may include dog boarding, cat boarding, in-house boarding, pet grooming, dog walking, pet training and auxiliary pet care to keep pets safe, comfortable and healthy.
Pet hotels are luxury boarding facilities that often include private suites, innerspring mattresses or raised beds, couches and chairs, piped-in music, individualized heating and air conditioning, spa treatments and other high-end pet care services.
Also known as: pet hotels, pet resort, dog hotels, cat hotels, animal hotels, luxury pet boarding facility
Like resorts for people, pet resorts encompass full-scale boarding, grooming, playtime and other pet care needs. Most pet resorts include playtime, such as social playgroups, swimming and exercise time. Be sure you understand all additional fees and requirements before making arrangements.
Also known as: pet hotel, pet camp, dog camp
In-home pet care services for dogs, cats and exotic animals. Pet sitting is a good option for pets that aren’t good candidates for traditional boarding services.
Also known as: dog sitting, cat sitting, exotic pet sitting, in-home pet sitting
pet taxi services
Pet taxis are pet transportation services that shuttle pets to and from vet appointments, kennels and boarding facilities, training appointments and other locations and appointments. Pet taxis are usually an affordable and convenient way to get your pet where he or she needs to go without having to personally shuttle him or her yourself.
Also known as: pet transportation, pet shuttles, veterinary shuttles for pets
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