Many pet owners find it difficult to leave their cat or pup behind when going on vacation. The right boarding facility, however, can alleviate any fears you may have concerning your pet’s care. When looking for a kennel, consider what aspects would make it a great “home away from home” for your beloved pet.
Cleanliness isn’t a luxury when it comes to a kennel — it’s a need. A clean, hygienic environment will reduce the risk of your pet contracting a disease or having an accident. When touring a boarding facility, take note of its cleanliness standard. Are pet living quarters and common areas odor free? Does the kennel have sufficient personnel to maintain a hygienic environment for its guests? Does the facility use effective yet safe cleaning products that won’t endanger your pet's health? If you have any doubts about a facility, try dropping in unannounced to look around. A surprise visit could tell you a lot about how the place is run.
If your dog or cat is naturally active, you’ll want a place that offers physical and mental stimulation to keep your pet happy and challenged. A kennel that offers extracurricular activities such as obstacle courses, nature walks, swimming, agility training, doggie playground, etc. is sure to keep your pup entertained for hours daily. A facility with a large staff is more apt to schedule extra play and activity time for pets in their care.
A good kennel will also recognize that different animals have different needs. Many cats, for example, prefer peace and quiet as opposed to a hubbub of activity. Your boarding facility should provide both options to cater to your pet’s needs.
An upscale boarding facility will offer grooming and pampering services for your pup to keep them looking their best. It’s good to know your pet will be bathed, trimmed and styled during their stay. “Pet hotels” are also known for providing such perks as spacious, temperature controlled pet living quarters, comfortable beds, favored toys and other personal touches to make your pup's stay as pleasant as possible.
There’s greater convenience in choosing a boarding facility that’s open seven days a week year round as you can drop off or pick up your pet with greater ease. A kennel that closes on weekends or holidays forces you to adhere to a tighter boarding schedule. Although many facilities close at night, a reputable kennel will always have someone on site to handle emergencies that may arise.
A good boarding facility will make sure all animals have their vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments before accepting them as guests to preserve the health and safety of all pets in their care.
Park Hill Animal Hospital caters to every need of your beloved pet. To schedule a tour of our facility or arrange for boarding services, call us at 859-581-5200 today.