Tips for Boarding Your Pet
Every pet owner wants the best for their pet, but how can you ensure that your pet is getting the best care possible in your absence? There are many boarding kennels out there, but not all are the same. What should you look for when choosing a good boarding kennel? Important things to look for include a certificate or license from the local authorities, a spacious, well-ventilated living area for the animals, cleanliness, and happy and relaxed staff and animals.
When leaving a beloved pet with a boarding kennel, it is also important to make sure that the kennel staff has all of the information they need to care for your pet properly. Be sure to provide the boarding kennel with your contact information at your destination, the phone number for your family vet and emergency contact number in case you cannot be reached. You should also provide information about special medications, food, or allergies that your pet may have.
Leaving a pet with a boarding kennel can be a stressful and traumatic experience for both pets and pet owners. By taking the time to prepare your pet for the experience, you can save yourself and your furry friend a great deal of anxiety. Well before your trip, spend time training him or her to obey simple commands and socializing your pet with other animals. Try a short test trip, leaving your pet for a period of one or two days in the kennel before a longer trip to get them used to the environment before you leave your pet for an extended time.
Many pets can feel lonely and depressed when they are away from their owners. This is particularly true when they are staying in a new environment such as a boarding kennel. There are certain things you can bring with your pet to the kennel to ease your pet’s mind and make their stay more comfortable. This could include favorite toys, blankets that smell like home, special treats, information for the kennel staff about your pet’s favorite games, or tips on what your pet likes and dislikes.
While nobody likes to leave their pets behind when they go on vacation, the fact is that some pets are better at handling new situations and environments than others. While some animals may enjoy the experience of staying in a kennel, others may suffer emotional and physical distress. Warning signs that your pet might not be a good boarder include aggressive behavior around other people and animals, excessive whining, crying and barking every time you leave the house, and irrational fear of new people and environments. If you feel that your pet will not do well in a boarding facility, consider other alternatives such as leaving your pet with a trusted friend or family member.