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Common Dog Boarding Questions

For dog owners, two important questions to consider before a vacation are: Where is the best dog boarding near me? How much does it cost to board a dog near me? What are the average dog kennel prices? Should I board my dog with a vet? What’s about home boarding and pet sitting? We’ll go through what you can look for in overnight dog boarding kennels and how to locate the best options confidently. Plus, you’ll no longer be left wondering: how much does it cost to board a dog?

 

 

How Much Does it Cost to Board a Dog?

What are good dog boarding prices? Dog owners will spend, on average, $40 a night to board their dogs. Basic dog boarding prices vary and the cost depends on location, your personal preferences, and your pups needs. Dog boarding prices range from $30-50/night, with packages for 5-day ($100-135), week ($140-$175), and month stays ($458-720). The cost to board your pet at Paoli Vetcare ranges from $22-$43/night, with the lowest rate for cat boarding and the highest rate for boarding of extra-large dogs.

 

Minimum Boarding Cost

The minimum dog boarding price at a regular kennel (not veterinary-supervised) is $18 for a daycare and $25 to extend into overnight. Paoli Vetcare’s doggy daycare program, a perk for their clients, is only $19/day.

 

Maximum Boarding Cost

Luxury day and overnight dog boarding prices can cost $84 for the day and up to $95 for overnight care.

 

National Average for Boarding 

The national average cost to board a dog is $25 for doggy daycare and $40 for overnight stays. Paoli Vetcare’s veterinary-supervised boarding prices range from $22-$43, depending on the size of your pet.

 

Average Price Range

The average dog boarding price range is $30-$50.

 

 

Dog Boarding Rates for Different Scenarios

Most kennels and doggy daycare services offer day packages, overnight packages, weekly care packages, and monthly care packages, all with a range of different prices.

 

Dog Boarding Cost for a Day

Although Paoli Vetcare’s doggy daycare program is only $18/day, on average, daycare services generally cost between $18-$29 per day or roughly $15 for a half-day. Your dog will receive a meal, a walk, and tons of playtime with other dogs its size. Pick up is as scheduled or by the end of the day at 6 pm. If you are late for pick-up, expect a late fee (depending on the carers policy).

 

Dog Boarding Cost for a Night

The costs of nightly services range from between $29-$80 on average while deluxe dog care providers can charge between $55-$84. When you return, you will have to retrieve your dog before the end of the day at 6 pm to avoid a late fee. Paoli Vetcare’s veterinary-supervised boarding prices range from $22-$43, depending on the size of your pet.

 

Dog Boarding Cost for a Week

Most doggy daycare services and kennels offer five-day or weekly care packages that can range in price from $140-$175, while high-end dog care service providers charge between $525-$665. The typical 6 pm pick up time must be arranged and met or risk a late fee.

 

Dog Boarding Cost for a Month

Monthly services run dog owners between $458-$610 in a kennel or between $950-$2600 for a higher quality dog hotel. You must schedule a pick-up time during regular operating hours before 6 pm to avoid a late fee. Paoli Vetcare offers a 10% discount for longer-term guests.

 

 

What Are the Options When You Need to Board Your Dog?

What sort of extended dog-care service you opt for entirely depends on your lifestyle and your dog’s needs. Kennels are great options, but there are others to consider, including dog hotels, in-home boarding, pet sitters, and veterinary boarding. Each venue has unique benefits and its price range. Let’s explore your options:

 

Kennel

Kennels offer your pup basic amenities like meals, water, at least a crate with a pillow to sleep in, regular walks, and tons of exposure to other dogs. Dog boarding kennel care prices will vary depending on where you live but average between $25-$45 per night. Most kennels offer packages for longer stays and discounts for multiple dogs. If possible, tour the facility in advance so you can insure the conditions meet your standards.

 

 

Katie in our boarding kennel

Katie bringing a walking a dog in our kennel

 

 

Dog Hotel

If you want to be sure your pet is seated in the lap of luxury while you’re gone, consider a dog hotel. Putting your pup up in one of these expensive establishments will cost, on average, $50 per night but go up to several hundred dollars depending on your location and the hotel’s amenities. Your dog will enjoy a private room with a comfy bed, gourmet meals, and tons of extra playtime.

 

In-Home Boarding

In-home boarding is a good option for some pet owners to consider. Home dog boarding is when your dog goes to stay in someone else’s home where your dog lives as part of the family with their own bed, food, toys and enjoys all the comforts of a home while away. Often, there are no kennels and no cages involved. Your dog will receive individualized attention in a home environment that will feel familiar. In-home boarding providers often set their prices reasonably low, and on average, this type of service costs only $15 per night.

 

Pet Sitter

A pet sitter will visit your dog at home several times a day to feed, water, walk and play with him. Some pet sitters will even stay overnight in your home to ensure your pup is well looked after. Pet sitters will charge differently based on their qualifications and the level of service they’re willing to provide, with dog home boarding prices usually between $20-$50. Often veterinary technicians or nurses will do pet sitting on the side.

 

 

Boarding Pups Playing in Pool

Boarding pups playing in kiddie pool in the Summer

 

 

Veterinary or Medical Dog Boarding

The great thing about dog boarding your pet at your local vet clinic is that you can rest easy, knowing that your dog is in the best possible hands should any health issues arise. Nationally, pricing for dogs with no medical problem is between $35-$45 per night, rising to $39-$55 if there is a medical issue. The cost to board your pet at Paoli Vetcare ranges from $22-$43.

Veterinarian-supervised boarding means that your pet’s medication administration is monitored, special dietary needs are accommodated, and the rare health emergency is addressed promptly after consultation with you.

You can trust Paoli Vetcare to take care of your pet when you are away. Your pet will be under direct  veterinary supervision in our clean, spacious accommodations with a fenced exercise yard attended by excellent kennel staff to ensure your pet’s comfort and well-being.

Paoli Vetcare’s HEALTH GUARANTEE is one of the most significant advantages of your pet staying at the animal hospital. Occasionally, minor health problems related to boarding do arise, sometimes after your pet goes home. The health guarantee means these issues, like upset stomachs or upper respiratory symptoms, will be treated at no cost to you.

 

 

Things to Know Before Boarding Your Dog

You know you won’t be able to truly enjoy your time away unless you’re sure that your dog is safe. However, peace of mind is often as simple as doing some advance research and knowing what questions to ask.

 

Finding A Reputable Boarding Service

Word-of-mouth is a great resource when looking for a respectable dog-care provider. Ask fellow dog-owners or your vet for recommendations, being sure to do your research. Trust your fellow pet owners – make sure you check out Yelp and Google to read reviews. You can start by checking out Paoli Vetcare’s Google reviews. Ask what happens if your pet gets sick while boarding. What if stress while you are away causes your dog to get diarrhea or vomiting? Paoli Vetcare’s boarding service comes with a Health Guarantee so you won’t incur veterinary bills if your pet need a veterinary exam or medications after you’ve taken them home.

 

Visit or Virtual Tour the Boarding Service Before Committing

Make an appointment to visit or meet with your care provider and make sure it’s a good fit. Ask about what vaccinations they require, how they handle medical emergencies, and how they’ll keep your pup active. A visit is a great way to make sure the facility you’re leaving your dog in is clean and has no history of disease. You can take a virtual tour of Paoli Vetcare on Google Maps right now.

 

Prepare Your Dog for the Boarding Experience

Part of preparing your dog well for her boarding experience is making sure you have met with the person who will be caring for her and visited the place she’ll be staying while you’re away. Make sure she is up to date with all her vaccinations. Vaccines and your pet’s annual physical exam can be performed while boarding at Paoli Vetcare. Read blog post “How Much Is a Vet Visit” for average prices of veterinary exams, vaccines, surgery, and more. It’s not unusual for pet owners to have the vet check an issue they are concerned about or to  schedule a surgery to coincide with a boarding stay so Paoli Vetcare’s veterinary staff can care for the pet while she recovers. If your pet requires medication while you are away, boarding at a veterinarian’s office is definitely the best choice. A couple days before your trip, make sure all medications are clearly labeled. Consider taking your own food, especially if your pet is prone to gastrointestinal upset.

 

Come Home Rejuvenated and Pick Up Your Happy Dog

When you finally reunite with your pup, make a point to have a conversation with their caretaker about how the stay went. Once you’re home, squeeze in extra snuggle and playtime before resuming business as usual. Don’t feed him right away, as the excitement of being with you might result in an upset tummy.

 

 

Final Thoughts

Making sure your pup is well taken care of before you go on a trip can be stressful, but a bit of planning and research can go a long way! Most locales offer a host of dog-care options that will suit any budget or lifestyle.

 

 

Consider Joining the Paoli Vetcare Family

We invite you to meet Dr. Jay Rowan or Dr. Dawn Urioste—the best reviewed veterinarians on the Main Linefor a free physical exam or free second opinion. You can book an appointment online now. If you’d like to support our animal hospital, please shop for your pet food and medications through the Paoli Vetcare Online Pharmacy.

 

Vet tech, Janine, has lunch with a boarder

Vet tech, Janine, has lunch with a boarder

Erin Downes

Dr. Erin Downes graduated valedictorian from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She and her husband, Dr. Jay Rowan are the owners of Paoli Vetcare | Main Line Vet & Animal Hospital.