Pet Sitter or Boarding? What Is Best for Your Pet?

Durack Pet Motel often have new clients coming in to visit with us to try to determine what choice to make that will best suit their pets.

It’s a fact that sometimes you need to go away for a day, a week or more and you simply can’t take your furry friend with you.

So what choices do you have? You could employ the services of a pet sitter. Someone who will come to your home once or twice a day to feed and exercise your much loved four-legged friend. They will also take care of litter if it’s for a cat and offer some genuine contact to cats and dogs alike.

You could ask a friend, neighbour, or family member to do the same thing if you have explicit trust or are lucky enough to have someone close by in case they are needed in a hurry.

You could employ the services of an experienced boarding kennel that actually takes care of other people’s pets the same way we would like our pets to be cared for and loved.

Choosing the Solution that Best Suits Your Pet

For some pets, they prefer to be left at home and actually don’t mind the solitude that being left at home alone can bring. This can be especially true with cats that tend to be loners.

This is not so for very social cats and may not be the right choice for most dogs either. You will know what your pets prefer by observing their reactions to other pets. Dogs especially thrive on interaction with their fellow butt sniffers!

Perhaps your pet has some behavioural issues that preclude it from spending time with other pets. In these situations you may find that leaving them at home is the best choice. Others, however, may suffer from being left alone for long periods of time. Suddenly solitude becomes loneliness.

Loneliness can lead to boredom and bad behaviour. You may come home and find your prize roses have been dug up or your neighbours are ready to lynch you because your dog barked the whole time you were gone!

Another consideration may be your pet’s health and age. Does your four legged companion require medication to be administered? Our staff members are fully trained to deal with any and all medical situations, be they current or emergency.

Just like people, animals can have individual likes and needs. If you know your pet well, the choice can be easy.

Pamper Your Dog This Christmas

Is your dog your best friend? Does your dog offer you the best company, solace, and joy?

They are amazing creatures, dogs. They intuitively know when things are not right with you or when your world has turned upside down. Alternatively, they revel in the opportunity to join in your joy and laughter.

They really are man’s best friend.

All they want to do is show you that no matter what life throws at you, all you need to do is choose to be happy. They trust and love everyone and choose joy always. No matter how they are treated.

Durack Pet Motel has some brilliant ideas to share so that you can show your dog, your best friend, how much it means to you, not only at Christmas time but all the time.

Doggy Day Care

If you are away for long working days you can check your dog into our facilities to be loved and cared for during the day so they don’t suffer the anxiety of many dogs that are left to their own devices. This is especially true during these long hot summer days. A dog can wear itself out constantly patrolling your property for pesky predators.

Doggy Holiday

If you are planning a trip away from home it can be doubly important to ensure your dog is lovingly cared for.

When their owners are away, a dog can become very stressed as it may not understand that you are planning to return. A feeling of abandonment can create all sorts of emotions and issues for a loving dog. Also, a dog left on its own for long periods of time can become bored. Boredom can lead to bad behaviour. Is this your dog’s fault or yours?

Doggy Day Spa

Dogs love to be pampered and shown that they are loved just like humans do. We offer a range of services that can suit any dog and any budget. It may be just a simple nail clipping that is required to prevent damage to furniture and your legs!

We also offer a lovely warm hydrobath, which will have your dog looking and smelling all fresh and new. Our range extends even further into grooming and clipping. Not only will your dog smell fresh and new but it could have a whole new summer look happening.

Getting Ready For The Christmas Celebrations

Well, there goes another year. Can you believe how quickly it has passed?

With Christmas fast approaching, many of us are buzzing around the house and home getting ready for a visit from a very special person. And yes, Santa is a very special person but we mean the visit that you are going to be paid or will be paying to loved ones, be they far and near.

Christmas is the time of year to make that visit to parents, grandparents and loved ones. If you are planning on a day trip then you can relax knowing that you will be home again very shortly to shower your much-loved pets with Yuletide joy and a special treat.

But what of those that are planning an extended visit? It really is not the right time of the year to be leaving your pets at home alone with the neighbour or someone else organised to “pop” in to feed and water them.

Christmas in Queensland is generally a scorcher. With summer temperatures often climbing into the high thirties and beyond, it can be a real risk for pets left at home alone.

Sometimes it’s not even the hot weather that may be a concern. This is the time of year for celebration and rightly so. All that extra noise from neighbourhood parties and the comings and goings of strangers can be most upsetting for any animal.

Never fear! Durack Pet Motel is here to save the day.

Don’t Delay – Places are Filling Fast

Most holiday seasons see our boarding kennels fill fast and Christmas is no exception. In fact, it is our busiest time of the year and for good reason.

We don’t wait for Christmas to shower our guests with loving attention. They get it all year round and their human owners know it. This is why they are so keen and comfortable to leave their furry friends in our care. They know they can go visit with family and friends for extended periods of time and trust that their four-legged family are being well cared for back home.

The only drawback to leaving your pets with us over the Christmas break is that you must book in early to avoid disappointment. Don’t delay. Check in with us now for availability. Why not organise a relaxing doggy shampoo? To save you time, and the stress, take advantage of our pick-up service.

Protocols and Routines

To have proper protocols and routines is the equivalent to dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s in the pet motel business. Durack Pet Motel provide a comprehensive range of services to our furry, four-legged clients. It is so important to have a protocol for each and every action we take.

By having a system in place it means that each and every one of our friendly, animal loving staff knows the routine of our kennels. They can trust that the staff member on duty before they came on shift followed exactly the same procedure. This is obviously also a benefit to our guests. Having a routine that they easily understand and enjoy is especially important for them.

How a Day With Us Looks

We start early in the morning and work solidly through the day ensuring feed bowls are clean and topped up, and that drinking water is also clean and fresh. If our guest is a dog, during their staff monitored playtime outside in the yard, another staff member will be in their little home away from home, cleaning any mess and ensuring a thorough cleanse is conducted.

The activity and interaction is stimulating and satisfying to a dog. It gives them an opportunity to burn off some energy and relax back into a clean environment. If our guest is a cat, their shared time can be done in a couple of ways. Some cats can be quite social and will want to mix with other cats. They also like to tumble and play.

For others, it’s just pats and cuddles in a one-on-one situation, usually conducted in their own memorable suite that is furnished with scratching poles, cubby holes, blankets and even a trampoline bed.

Please feel free to bring along anything of a personal nature that you think will help keep your dog or cat relaxed and calm, knowing you will return.

Feed Times and Medication

We know that sometimes pets can go off their food when their owners are away. This is why we offer a wide range of tasty treats designed to encourage our guests’ palettes. If you feel your precious one will be happier with your own special dietary plan, by all means bring it in with them.

If your pet has any special health issues, we have all been trained in proper administration of all forms of medications.

Preparing Your Pet for Its Holiday Away From Home

There is no getting around it. Your pet knows when the game is up and you are planning a trip.

You will no sooner start to gather your own belongings into a suitcase and turn to it and find your much loved moggie nestling amongst your belongings.

A dog may not necessarily jump into your bag but they are extremely sensitive animals that pick up on the energy waves their people send out.

So what can you do to get your pet holiday ready?

Talk To Your Pet

This is not as funny as it sounds. We talk to them and have them “talk” back to us anyway so why not when it comes to an imminent trip?

We have spoken with pet owners who swear by this method.

Talk to your pet about where they are going, what their temporary home will look like, what they will see there, the other animals, how long they will be there and the fact that you will be back.

Some people even communicate with their animals by sending them telepathic pictures.

Update Vaccinations

It may seem like a waste of time to update vaccinations, but it is an essential step.

Yes, you have to immunise your animal but so does everybody else.

You do not want your four-legged friend exposed to any illness whilst you are away.

Pack Your Pet’s Toys or Blanket

If your pet has a favourite toy, blanket, pillow, et cetera, that it loves to play or sleep with by all means pack it into its kit.

This should also include any special dietary requirements your pet requires and any medications that need to be administered.

Please ensure all of these items have YOUR name on it. Not your pet’s name. You would not believe how many dogs named Fido we have looked after in our time!

Make a List

Whilst Durack Pet Motel have a fantastic crew who know and love pets, including a 24-hour on call veterinarian, you may wish to have your pet attended by a physician it not only knows and trusts but someone who also has a broader view of your pet’s overall health and treatment.

If you feel you need to, you can include a friend or family member whom we can contact in an emergency.

Every little bit helps towards your pet’s pleasure and comfort.

Drop-off Time

Whether you take advantage of our collection service or deliver your pet yourself it is important you keep your goodbyes brief and with as little emotion as possible.

Longwinded tearful departures only upset your pet more. If you keep it light and happy they will not be as alarmed.

To Board or Not to Board Your Cat

What most people do not realise is that a cat is similar to a dog in that it knows and understands its domain to such an extent that it will do “rounds” similar to a security check to ensure all is well on their patch.

Just as a dog will check the perimeter fences, a cat will check out the house and grounds, sniffing out visitors of both the two legged and four legged variety.

They are just as territorial, if not more so, than a dog.

The question of whether you should board your cat or leave it at home on its own with someone coming in to feed it, arises only when you need to go away, be it holiday or work.

If you know your cat well then you have seen how it may duck out the door in the mornings to see “who” has visited in the night. They are not too good at accepting others into their environment be it human or otherwise.

If you have someone you and your cat know and whom you can trust to come stay in your home, this will go a long way to ensuring your feline friend is kept happy and stress free.

Yes they suffer stress just like us and especially when their owners are away. It’s a big responsibility to look after everything while you are gone and to do without your company and affection as well only makes it worse.

Give Your Cat a Holiday Too

As cats are so territorial you may think that boarding your much loved moggy in a pet motel is a recipe for disaster.

When you consider the stress your cat goes through when you leave it on its own, the risk of boarding lessens.

Boarding your cat with us at the Durack Pet Motel clearly shows it that it can relax and does not need to parole the premises and keep the intruders away all on its own while you are unable to do it yourself.

Our friendly staff members are all here because they love animals and understand their needs and habits.

Our large suites are equipped with comfortable trampoline beds and 6-foot tall scratch posts with shelves and a cubby to explore and hide in.

Regular cuddles and pats are not only demanded by them but are gladly offered by us.

We are able to cater for all dietary needs and medical conditions.

Dog Free Holidays

We love and appreciate having a pet in our lives, they enrich the quality of it, offer comfort, and solace and best of all, unconditional love.

Most of us would endeavour to minimise our time away from home to ensure our pets are in a solid and secure environment.

You may even possibly select holiday destinations where you are able to take your dog.

But what to do if you are going somewhere you dog cannot go with you?

Because we love our four legged family members we want them to go somewhere they feel that same security they do at home.

Considerations and Questions to ask Prospective Boarding Facilities

Durack Pet Motel have put together their most commonly asked questions for you to consider.

1. Where to go is the first thing. A good option is to ask friends and family if they use a service such as this. Heeding word of mouth is always a step in the right direction.

2. Cost is a vital factor to consider. When budgeting for that holiday it is important to work the cost of boarding your pet or pets.

3. What type of accommodation is provided is another consideration. It may be that you have a dog that is used to being housed in a cage overnight. Alternatively, perhaps you may prefer your dog to have a bit of room to move around. If your dog needs a bit more room to accommodate old, arthritic joints you need to consider this. Do not feel that you cannot ask to take a stroll through a boarding facility. A good one will be proud to show you around.

4. What food will be served? It is important to consider your dog’s dietary requirements are satisfied. Old or young, food intolerance or easy going. Whatever food your dog is used to or requires is important.

5. How often is play time engaged? All pets need play time but especially a pet who may feel abandoned so make sure this is a priority.

6. What happens if your dog will get sick?

7. Don’t leave your search for the perfect doggy haven until the last minute. Just like your boss needs notice for when you want time off, your selected boarding kennel will also appreciate the notice. Once you have selected the right boarding kennel it is wise to book ahead, especially during the busy periods.

We hope this gives you some idea of what you can expect when searching for the right boarding kennel. Visit our website for more great tips and information.

Pet Free Holidays Without the Worry

Holidays are always something we all look forward to. There is no doubt your state of mind lifts considerably the closer you get to departure time.

The one fly in the ointment for you may be finding that special someone to look after your much loved moggy.

Here at the Durack Pet Motel we are in the business of boarding dogs safely, securely and especially ensuring that your dog has a holiday as well.

We understand that when a pet comes into our environment, albeit a loving and caring one, the dog may stress about being away from home.

This is why we ensure our guests are treated to lots of loving care, pats, cuddles, and playtime with suitable play partners.

Why not take advantage of our grooming service as well and get your doggy brushed, trimmed, washed and conditioned? He or she will definitely appreciate the five star treatment and feel like they have been on holiday as well!

We have two styles of kennel. A smaller one designed for the smaller dog and a large one, obviously designed to give bigger dogs room to move.

We feed our canine guests a combination of premium Advance dry food, cooked chicken and rice roll, cooked meat and vegetable roll or fresh meat.

We are able to take the time to handfeed a fussy eater and we can offer a special menu to get them literally eating out of our hands. They are on holiday after all!

If you prefer, we are happy to feed them whatever you provide if they have a special dietary need. We are also qualified and able to administer any medications that may be required.

What Does it Mean if a Dog Goes off its Food?

There can be several reasons why a dog goes off its food. These include:-

• Pickiness

• Behavioural

• Recent travel, or unfamiliar surroundings

• Vaccination reaction

• Illness

Whatever the reason, any one of these should be addressed quickly to ensure the comfort of your pet.

Our staff members are able to pick up on a dog’s behaviour very quickly and possess a few tricks up their sleeve to coax most pets out of the blues or stress of being away from their family and home.

Should your dog become unwell or show signs of vaccination reaction whilst in our care we have a veterinarian close by to attend to your pet’s needs promptly.

Boarding Your Pet Cat

People often do not know what to do with their pet cat if they need to be away from home because of travel, illness or family emergencies. Some pet owners choose to bring along their cats, only to find out too late that their hotel does not accept pets or that travel does not agree with their pet. Some hand their cat to a neighbour, friend or part-time pet carer, but the results are often unsatisfactory for both the pet and the pet owner.

You can leave home without the guilt and worry about your cat by boarding your pet while you are away. Places that board pets, including cats and dogs, are often known as pet motels. They offer accommodation and facilities to make your pet’s stay with them relaxing and comfortable.

Your Cat’s Home Away From Home

orange cat sitting on a scratch post platformPet motels offer accommodation specifically made and designed for cats. Some cats can suffer from stress and anxiety, while some cats may be shy or scared of being in a new environment. A typical cat suite is roomy as well as having sufficient fresh air and sunlight; In addition, it offers a charming view such as a garden.

The suite may also provide facilities that your cat can enjoy such as a trampoline bed with a scratching pole. Your cat may also have fun climbing and exploring several shelves and cubby holes. Your pet’s stay will be enjoyable because of highly trained carers who will give your cat plenty of pats, cuddles and daily playtime. Pet owners are also welcome to bring along a favourite toy, blanket or treat for their beloved kitty.

For the protection of all cats staying in the pet motel, your cat will be required to be up-to-date with vaccinations. Before the cat can enjoy the motel’s accommodation, the owner must present a copy of the pet’s current vaccination certificates.

It’s Feeding Time

A good cat boarding facility recognises that each cat has a unique preference in food. With this in mind, different dry and wet foods are available to suit the taste of each cat staying in the pet motel. Just inform a staff what your cat’s favourite food brand is, whether Eukanuba, Friskies or Purina. The pet motel will be sure to stock it. A further testament to the flexibility of cat boarding facilities is that they are willing to accommodate the diet that the pet owners will specify for their cats.

Pet motels also recognise and are willing to administer any medication, treatment or special diet your cat may need with the help of a team of professional carers. All a pet owner has to do is to let a carer know the special needs of their cat.

Loving Care for Your Feline

It can be a challenge to organise someone to look after your cat when you are planning a holiday away from home. To have someone come to your home to look after the littlest member of the family may be the ideal situation, but to hand over the key to your home whilst you are away demands you select someone you can trust.

orange cat sitting on a scratch post platformA better solution may be to take advantage of the services of a pet motel. Selecting a reputable healthy cat boarding establishment in Brisbane is a better way for you and your family to enjoy your holiday and let your cat be looked after by fully trained and caring staff.

Durack Pet Motel is conveniently situated in southwest Brisbane. We are able to offer pats, cuddles and playtime to your pampered kitty. Our pet carers are trained to care for your pet and also administer medication if required and we definitely cater for the fussy eater!

Each cat suite is 2.8 metres long, 2.4 metres high and 1.2 metres wide and is fitted with a trampoline bed and a six foot high scratch pole. Your cat can spend hours playing and exploring the many shelves and cubby holes whilst keeping an eye on the garden and activity outside.

Special Requirements – Medication and Vaccinations

If you have any special requirements for your pet such as grooming, medication or diet we are more than happy to assist.
In return, we do have one requirement and that is that your pet is currently vaccinated. For the protection of your own and the other pets we care for, it is absolutely essential to maintain a minimum F3 vaccination for your cat, this provides protection against feline herpes virus, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopenia.

You may find that your vet will also advise vaccination against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) for any cats that spend time outdoors.

Pickup and Delivery Service

It is not common for a cat to go travelling in a vehicle. As such, many families are not equipped to travel with a pet in the car.

We have a vehicle that is fitted with individual travelling compartments, thus allowing your pet safety and security when being transported.

This service can get extremely busy during our peak times, so if you think you need us please book in plenty of time. This service is available Monday to Saturday (excluding school holidays).

To find out more please visit us in person to inspect our facilities or visit us online.