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Boarding vs Traveling: Making the Right Choice for your Pet

When it comes to holiday trips and vacations, one important decision often arises: 

Should you board your pet or take them along on the adventure? 

As pet owners, we want the best for our furry companions. Both options have their pros and cons, and making the right decision requires careful consideration. In this article, we’re exploring the factors to weigh when choosing whether to board your pet or travel with them, while keeping their safety, comfort, and happiness in mind. 

Your Pet's Age + Health


Puppies, kittens, and senior pets have different needs and travel considerations. Consult with your veterinarian to ensure your pet is fit to travel and up-to-date on vaccinations. A key benefit of boarding with SODO is that our experienced staff ensures your pet’s specific needs are met, including medications and special dietary requirements. 


Your Pet’s Personality + Preferences 

Consider your pet’s temperament and comfort level with new environments and experiences. Do they experience motion sickness? Some pets thrive in exciting new places, while others become extremely anxious or stressed.

If your pet is easily stressed or has experienced extreme motion sickness in the past, consult your veterinarian for individualized guidance.

Length of the Trip

How long will be you be away? Consider the duration of your trip as it relates to your pet’s unique needs. Short trips are generally more manageable, while longer vacations require more planning to accommodate your pet’s comfort. 


Mode of Transportation

Consider the best mode of transportation for your pet.

Car travel can be more manageable for some pets, allowing for more interaction and flexibility during the journey. Potty and exercise breaks galore!

Air travel can be more complex, requiring you to closely review the airline regulations and policies to evaluate if it's suitable for your pet. 

Destination + Accommodations

Will you be staying with friends or family? If so, communicate your plans on bringing your pet along for your stay. In addition to asking about house rules and preferences, consider if the property is pet-friendly.  If you're booking an Airbnb or hotel, review the pet policies and any additional fees or requirements.  


Boarding While Away

It might seem counterintuitive to board your pet while you are away with them on a trip, but it's a common and convenient option that many pet owners choose. Day boarding is a perfect solution to ensure your pet is safe and cared for while you’re exploring. Research via Google and Yelp to find a reputable, reliable boarding service in the area you are traveling. 

Ultimately, the decision between boarding and traveling with your pet depends on your pet’s individual needs and your preference as their owner. Careful planning ensures that both human and pet needs are met for a safe and enjoyable vacation experience. Whether you embark on an adventure together or trust in the care of professionals, your pet will appreciate the love and consideration you put into making the right choice.