Because Fido won’t always be able to accompany you on that annual trip to the Cayman’s or the five-hour drive to your in-laws, you may need to consider holiday boarding options for your dog.
But looking for a facility that’s not only safe but comfortable for your pet can be a bit daunting. So, it’s best to start searching early to ensure that you find a place that best meets the needs of both you and your dog.
While dog boarding may or may not be a new experience for your pet, it’s always a good idea to help prepare him for the transition from home to kennel. To help you get started, The Barking Lot suggests the following tips to make your pooch’s stay an enjoyable one.
Help Your Pet Get Familiar With the Facility
In order to make an unfamiliar place seem a little more familiar, visiting the facility before boarding can help ease some of the initial anxiety. Many places offer things like dog grooming services or a doggy daycare. Try to schedule a time when you can drop your pet off for a few hours so he can meet the staff and some of the other pets. Knowing what to expect makes the transition easier for the both of you.
Make Sure He’s Current on His Shots
One of the very first things you want to do is make sure your dog’s vaccinations are all up-to-date. This should happen at least 10 days prior to his stay. Dogs can sometimes spread illnesses like parvovirus, distemper or “kennel cough.” Fortunately, many of these can be prevented with vaccinations. As a precaution, kennels will usually ask for an immunization card at the time of check-in.
Schedule a Vet Visit
Check-ups are essential to your pet’s health. They are especially important if your dog has certain ailments or is an older pet. If you give your dog medication, be sure to leave it at the kennel along with instructions for use.
Update Your Pet’s IDs
In case of an emergency, it’s always good to have current microchips or tags. If you’ve moved or changed your number since your pet’s IDs were issued, have them updated to reflect the change.
Leave a Favorite Blanket or Toy
Another way to help make things more familiar to your dog is by leaving something at the kennel that reminds him of home. This way, you can be sure your dog is thinking of you while you’re away.