If you’re going out of town, a safe boarding kennel can offer your pet quality care, for a small price, and it can give you some peace of mind, which is priceless. But before enrolling on this journey, there are a few things you should know about boarding kennels – the how-tos and the don’ts.
As expected, your favorite pet depends on you and your expertise to take good care of it, even when you are forced to leave your home for any period. Friends, family, and neighbors may not have the time or the required experience to look after your furry companion the way you want them to, especially you’re gone for more than one week.
That’s why kennels are so popular because they are run by pet care professionals, which can deal successfully with an emergency so you can sleep well at night.
What is a boarding kennel you ask? It is a legal facility, specialized in caring for house animals twenty-four hours a day. They usually keep them in a room divided into ten or twenty pet enclosures, and some keep species separate, while others mix them, although that is not something widespread.
This will help you leave the pet feeling at home, to avoid the harmful stress of a long journey by car or airplane, where it would have to stay in a dog kennel, regardless of how large that might be. And even if you arrive at the destination in one piece, you can’t be sure that the hotel or the lodgment will provide the right conditions for your pet.
The pet will feel welcomed in the facility, as it will receive the love and the attention of the trained staff. If you left it at home, alone, let’s say if you only had to go for one day, your furball would feel incredibly lonely. To avoid that, you can take him or her to a boarding kennel, even if for just one night – most of them will allow you to do that since they don’t’ have a time limit.
Make sure that if your pet has any health condition, you will let the vet or the staff know so they can monitor it and to act efficiently in case there’s a problem. Do the same if your pet is a fabulous escape artist, as they will double check they locked the kennel.
The proximity to other pets will also be beneficial for your companion, not because it will feel less alone, but because it will get to interact with other pets, which sometimes is impossible to do otherwise. Keep in mind that there’s always the chance they might expose your pet to severe or light health problems.
If you have a pet that’s a little more exotic, such as a snake or a spider, it might be difficult to find the proper facility for you. If after your research you still come up empty-handed, call your local boarding kennel and ask them if they are willing to keep on eye on the companion, even if they are not specialized in that particular breed. You never know what they’ll say until you ask.
If you want to make sure you find the right facility, ask a friend who has maybe gone through the same thing, your vet veterinarian, or if you’re running out of ideas, you can even ask your local animal shelter for a recommendation. You can also check the Yellow Pages or the Internet and guides with reviews and background checks.
After selecting the favorite boarding kennel, confirm that they can accommodate your pet for the dates you are out of town. Then tour it to see if it’s clean and the staff friendly, ask them if you should bring your own food and medication, and lastly, hug your pet, give it its favorite toy, and go on vacation knowing that it is cared for and loved.