Things to Know Before Boarding Your Pet: Part 1
If you’re planning a vacation with your family this spring, now’s a good time to give thought to boarding facilities for your beloved pet. By planning, you can make sure your pet’s in good hands while you’re away. You may not be able to take your pet with you, but you can provide an enjoyable, safe environment for them to board during your absence. What are some of the most important aspects to look for in a kennel?
Experienced, Caring Staff
Look for a licensed kennel with a reputation for providing reliable, loving pet care. By checking online reviews of former customers, you can get an idea of how other pet owners rank the services pet boarding facilities in your area have to offer. A good facility will have the personnel and resources to provide for the animals in their care. Your pet will appreciate being handled by experienced pet caregivers who have a love for their profession.
Professional Medical Care
Your kennel should have a reputable veterinarian on call to care for pets with medical conditions or to handle medical emergencies that may arise. If your pet has special needs, you’ll have greater confidence leaving them in a facility that you know will provide expert medical care.
Fun in the Sun
Like most canines, your pet is probably used to daily romps in the great outdoors. When selecting a boarding facility, make sure outside time is a part of its daily schedule. Regular exercise in fresh air and sunshine will keep your dog happy and healthy while you’re away. Tour the facility to ensure it provides a safe and clean outdoor environment for your pup to romp and play.
Opportunities to Socialize
If your dog is a social animal, they may appreciate playtime with other pet guests. A good facility will make provisions for dogs to interact safely by matching them properly and providing constant supervision. If you have concerns about your pup’s safety, talk to personnel about your preferences for your dog interacting with other guests. You may prefer playtime with one or two dogs at a time rather than an entire group. The facility should respect your wishes in looking after the welfare of your pet.
Boarding requires that your pet adjusts to a new location and caregivers, but not necessarily a new diet. You can bring food and treats from home that your pet loves to make it easier for them to transition into their temporary abode. Maintaining your pet’s regular diet reduces the risk of your pet developing health issues due to dietary changes while you’re gone. It also provides a constant in their life during the time that you’re away.
At Park Hills Animal Hospital, our boarding and pet care services will make your canine or feline companion feel at home while away from home. Call us at 859-581-5200 to schedule a tour of our facility and get a first-hand view of the Park Hills Animal Hospital experience. Stay tuned for part two of our blog series to learn more about aspects to consider before boarding your pets.