Are you going to be boarding your pet in the near future? Perhaps you’re leaving town for a bit. Or, you may want to board your pet during a big event, such as a wedding or birth, or as you are having a medical procedure. Read on for some some tips on boarding your pet from me, your Marion, IA vet.
Choose A Great Spot
Your furry best friend is an important part of your life, so you wouldn’t want to entrust their care to any random place. Do some research first, and ask for recommendations. It’s also a good idea to stop in to the kennel, just to get an idea of how clean and well-run it is. A word to the wise: avoid any place that doesn’t require proof of your pet’s vaccinations, including the Bordetella vaccine for dogs.
Do A Trial Run
Before heading off for a week or so, bring your pet in for an overnight stay. This will be good for both of you! You’ll know exactly what to expect, and your furry friend will be calmer if they are already familiar with their home away from home.
Ask About Packing
Before packing for your pet, ask what you should and shouldn’t bring. In some cases, the kennel will provide everything. Other kennels allow you to bring food, toys, and/or bedding. If you do pack food, treats, and/or medicine, include a few days’ extra, just in case you’re delayed.
If your pet has any special care instructions, be sure to give the staff that information clearly. It’s best to provide this information both verbally and in writing. The kennel probably doesn’t need to know about your dog’s obsession with your fuzzy bear slippers. However, they definitely need to know if he is allergic to wheat!
Every kennel is a bit different. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Make sure you’re clear on things like drop off and pickup times and procedures. You don’t want to find out at the last minute that the kennel is closed the day you fly out! Ask if they will contact you with questions, or only in an emergency. You may also want to look into perks. It never hurts to ask!
Are you looking for a great kennel? Call me, your Marion, IA vet, for all of your pet’s boarding needs.