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Sitting-Dollar Value

Learn to budget for pet-sitting or boarding costs for your next vacation

By Susan Chamberlain

Many bird owners I’ve met refrain from going on vacation because they believe they should stay home with their birds. Despite how much we love and worry about our pet birds, we need to get away once in awhile.

Vacations, family obligations, illness or out-of-town emergencies are inevitable, and we’ll be faced with the choice of boarding our birds or hiring a sitter. That choice doesn’t need to be an added expense. Budgeting for boarding or sitting costs helps owners be better prepared for both unexpected or planned excursions.

Boarding Vs. Sitting
Prices associated with boarding at a pet shop, veterinary office or boarding facility are typically lower than professional home care. An advantage to boarding is that your bird is observed throughout the day by knowledgeable caretakers who can notice signs of illness or stress.

**For the full article, pick up the July issue of BIRD TALK**

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