For many pet owners, thinking about going on vacation is bittersweet. While they can't wait to head out of town for a great time, they feel guilty about boarding their pets. If you are going away for the holiday season, you don't have to feel bad about leaving your pet behind. These tips can help ensure you and your pet have a wonderful time.
Ways to Board Your Pet Without Guilt
Dropping your pet off at a kennel is difficult for a lot of pet owners. But it doesn't have to be. Follow these suggestions and you won't feel bad about spending a few days apart from your pooch.
Start early. It is amazing how far in advance good kennels can fill up. Don't wait until the last minute to try to book a spot. Instead, try to start your search for a kennel at least two to three months before a major holiday.
Do your research. The best way to find a great kennel is to simply to ask other pet owners. Do your friends use a kennel they love? How about the people at the dog park? If no one has a good suggestion, you can always go online to read reviews about the ones near you.
Visit the kennel before you decide. Spend some time at the kennel before committing to reserving a spot for your pet. Take a firsthand look where your pet will sleep, eat and play. Ensure the kennel has the proper security to prevent your pet from escaping. This is also a good opportunity to watch how the staff interacts with the animals.
Ask tons of questions. Write a list of questions or concerns you have and ask them when you visit the kennel. Learn all you can about the meals, playtime, and the procedure if an animal gets sick or hurt. Now is a good time to discuss kennel requirements, costs for boarding, any additional fees, and payment options.
Visit the vet. Most kennels require pets to be up-to-date on vaccinations before staying. Even if your pet's vaccines are complete, many owners like to make sure there is nothing wrong with their animals in order to ease their minds before an extended vacation.
Pack well. Don't forget to take along your pet's medications, regular food and a favorite blanket or toy with you when you take your pet to the kennel. Write down your contact information, the name and number of your current vet and any special instructions for feeding or medication you want the staff to follow.
Are you feeling anxious about boarding your pet this holiday season? You don't have to feel like that. Park Hills Animal Hospital offers boarding for dogs and cats in a safe and loving environment. Enjoy your vacation while knowing your furry friend will have the best care possible. Park Hills Animal Hospital also offers pre-boarding vaccinations and check-ups. Call 859-581-5200 to schedule an appointment.