Are you planning a trip and can’t take your dog with you? If so, you’ll need to find a place where he or she can stay while you’re away. When boarding your dog, there are several things that every pet parent should keep in mind. Here’s what to consider in order to make the boarding experience as stress-free for both of you.
Get your dog used to the kennel prior to boarding
In order to make sure that your dog is comfortable in the kennel and doesn’t stress out, it is important to get them used to the place before you leave. This can be done by taking them there a few times prior to your boarding date. If possible, take them in when you drop off or pick up as well so that they feel familiar with the place when they’re left alone there.
You can visit the pet boarding facilities with your furry friends if you’d like to see how they are treated. Make sure to bring along treats and toys so that they don’t become bored and lonely.
Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations.
As a pet owner, you should make sure that your dog is up to date on all vaccinations. The importance of vaccinations can’t be overstated, but it’s vital that you do not allow yourself or your pet to get sick simply because you don’t want to spend money on them.
There are many reasons why getting a vaccination is important, including the fact that they will help keep your pet healthy and prevent disease from spreading among other animals and humans in close proximity to one another. If you’re unsure about which illnesses require vaccinations for pets, consult with your veterinarian or local animal shelter for more information about what diseases are common in the area where you live.
Be wary of signs like lethargy, loss of appetite and vomiting when deciding whether or not it would be safe for him/her (or any other dog) to board at an overnight kennel service; these symptoms could signal an illness like distemper virus (which affects only dogs) or parvovirus (which affects both cats and dogs). In addition, if he/she has been vaccinated against rabies but starts showing symptoms such as excessive drooling around other animals (other than humans), this may indicate rabies as well.
Check him for external parasites
- As a pet owner, it’s important to bring your dog in for a checkup. It’s important to go over him thoroughly, looking for fleas and ticks, as well as worms.
- Check for mange (scabies). This is caused by mites that burrow under your dog’s skin causing irritation and hair loss. It can be treated with antibiotics if caught early on, but will often recur after treatment is discontinued.
- Check his ears for ear mites or yeast infections. If you see any gunk in his ears, a trip to the vet is warranted! Ear infections are painful for dogs and will make them really cranky during travel time!
- Make sure he doesn’t have heartworm before taking off on vacation! Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes and can kill dogs quickly if not treated properly.
- Veterinary care is expensive, so it’s always best to avoid having to take your pet to the vet unless absolutely necessary. Contagious diseases can spread very quickly between pets, so it’s better to just stay home than risk bringing your furry friend along.
Ensure your vet has all of your dog’s health info and is ready to help while you’re away
Before you leave your dog at any doggie daycare, it’s important to make sure that your vet knows everything about the animal. You should be able to give them the following information:
- Your dog’s name, age, breed and medical history (if any).
- The name of his anti-anxiety medication if he takes one (or any other medications).
- Any special food requirements or dietary restrictions.
- The name and phone number of his boarding facility if he has a history of staying there.
Don’t forget your emergency contact numbers, including cell phones.
Bring food, treats, and toys from home
Bring a few treats and toys from home. The food and treat should be familiar to your dog so it doesn’t cause any digestive upset. The toy should be familiar to your dog as well so they don’t get too excited when they are ready to play with their new friends. If you have multiple dogs traveling with you, make sure each of them has their own toys for the trip!
The container for food and treats should be easy for you to open during security checks at the airport or other checkpoints (like crossing state lines). The same goes for the toy’s container—make sure it can open easily so as not to delay getting through security checks/crossings/etc., but also make sure it’s sturdy enough that if dropped by accident it won’t break open spilling its contents everywhere!
Ask if they can administer medication
If your dog is prescribed medication, you should ask if the kennel will be able to administer it. If not or if they do not allow outside medications to be administered, find a place that does! In some cases, this might even require a quick trip to the vet (which is still better than having your dog stay home).
Provide a familiar smell for your dog.
This familiar smell can help your dog feel more comfortable, secure, relaxed and at ease in the new environment. The scent will also help them know they’re not alone, which is great if they get nervous or scared during travel. The sense of smell is very strong in dogs and so this will help them feel close to you even though you may be far away.
Check the cleanliness of the facility
One of the most important things you should do is to check the cleanliness of the facility. You should look for a clean and well-maintained facility that has a good reputation. If you take your dog to a new boarding facility, it is likely that there will be dogs who have come from different places. The staff should be able to give you information about the other dogs staying at the facility so that your pet doesn’t interact with them if they are contagious or aggressive toward other animals.
Another aspect that matters when choosing a dog boarding place is comfort level of your pet while they are away from home. Does this provider allow visits? Are there enough employees on hand 24 hours per day? These are some questions you should ask before deciding on any provider because their answers can affect how comfortable your dog feels during his stay at their facilities
We hope that we have helped prepare you for the boarding your dog. These ten tips will help make your dog’s stay as comfortable and safe as possible.