Pet Boarding Preparation Do’s and Don’ts

Sometimes, boarding your pet is the best option to keep them safe when you are away from home. Our All Creatures Animal Hospital team wants your pet’s boarding experience to be successful, and we provide do’s and don’ts to help you prepare your four-legged friend for their stay.

DO ensure your pet is a good boarding candidate

Consider your pet’s temperament when deciding if they are a good candidate for boarding. Pets who get along well with unfamiliar people and other pets are more likely to do well at a boarding facility. If your pet is often aggressive toward people or other pets, you should consider other options such as a pet sitter. 

DON’T assume every pet boarding facility is the same

When deciding on a boarding facility, do your research to ensure the place you choose is reputable and will meet your expectations. When researching boarding facilities, consider the following:

  • Asking for recommendations — Ask your family and friends for recommendations. Knowing someone who was pleased with a facility’s service gives you peace of mind that your pet will receive the attention they deserve. Our All Creatures Animal Hospital team can also provide recommendations for reputable boarding facilities.
  • Reading online reviews — Look on review boards to see if customers are satisfied with their experience at the boarding facility you are considering for your pet. Read all the reviews so you can make an informed decision, and pay close attention to repeat comments.
  • Visiting the facility — Take a facility tour. Factors to consider include:
  • Is the facility clean? — Ensure pet waste is cleaned regularly, water and food bowls appear clean, and waste containers are emptied regularly. 
  • Do pets have access to water? — Ensure all pets have access to fresh, clean water, and that multiple sources are available.
  • Are pets overcrowded? — Ensure pets have plenty of space so they do not feel threatened by other pets.
  • Do pet areas appear comfortable? — Ensure all pets have comfortable bedding, toys, and other resources.
  • Are employees pleasant? — Ensure the boarding facility’s employees are pleasant to you and the pets with whom they work.
  • Are pets neglected? — Ensure facility employees interact with pets regularly.
  • Asking questions — Before boarding your pet, consider their needs and what you expect from the facility. Factors to consider include:
    • If your pet needs medication, ensure they are willing to administer it.
    • If you want your pet to be housed individually, ensure they are willing to accommodate this.
    • If you expect them to send updates and pictures, ask if this service is available.
    • If your pet needs extra attention because they have separation anxiety, ensure they are willing to provide this care and specify how often you want your pet checked.
    • Ask what the facility’s procedure is if a pet experiences an illness or injury.
    • Ask if the facility has an emergency disaster plan in case of a fire, earthquake, or tornado.
    • Ask how much the stay will cost to determine your exact financial outlay. 

DO provide appropriate veterinary care for your pet

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian before your pet’s boarding stay. Trustworthy facilities have certain requirements. Recommended preboarding veterinary care should include:

  • Wellness examination — Before a boarding facility stay, ensure your pet is in tip-top shape by scheduling a veterinary wellness examination. Pets are notorious for hiding illness, and you don’t want them to become sick or experience a veterinary emergency while you are apart. 
  • Vaccinations — Most reputable boarding facilities require pets to be current on their vaccinations. Dogs should be up-to-date on distemper, canine parvovirus, adenovirus type 1, parainfluenza, rabies, leptospirosis, bordetella, and canine influenza. Cats should be up-to-date on rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, panleukopenia, and feline leukemia virus. Your cat should also be tested for feline immunodeficiency virus. 
  • Parasite prevention — All pets, especially those who are boarded, should receive year-round parasite prevention to protect them from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites such as hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and roundworms. 
  • Microchipping — Ensure your pet is microchipped so they can easily be identified if they escape or get in the wrong pen.

DON’T forget to prepare your pet

Many pets do better when boarding if they have a trial run to prepare for an extended stay. Schedule an overnight stay to let your pet meet the staff and acclimate to the environment, so your four-legged friend isn’t upset when they have to stay longer.

DO pack for your pet

When boarding your pet, you must ensure they have the supplies they need for their entire stay. Recommendations include:

  • Food — Sudden changes in your pet’s diet can lead to gastrointestinal (GI) problems, and bringing your pet’s food is the best, healthiest option. Place meal portions in individual containers so the staff can easily feed your pet the correct amount.
  • Medication — If your pet is on medication, provide enough for their stay, and ensure the staff is clear on the administration amount, technique, and frequency.
  • Toys — Ensure you bring your pet’s favorite toys, and any other favored items, such as a blanket, to help them feel at home.
  • Treats — Send along your pet’s favorite treats, so the staff can reward them for good behavior. 

If you are planning on boarding your pet, schedule your furry pal’s wellness examination with our All Creatures Animal Hospital team so we can ensure they are ready for their stay and up-to-date on their vaccinations.

By |2024-02-15T00:12:37+00:00July 1st, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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