Are you planning a getaway soon? Whether you’re headed out of the country, going away for a fun weekend, or perhaps sorting out dates for a holiday trip, you’ll need to make arrangements for your canine pal. In many cases, that means taking Fido to a doggy hotel. A local Kerrville TX vet offers some advice on boarding in this article.
First and foremost, we can’t overstate how important it is to find a great kennel. Do your due diligence here: check references, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The kennel should also be somewhat discerning. They should, at the very least, require proof that your furry pal is current on key vaccines, such as Bordetella and Parvo. Ask your vet for recommendations. Of course, if your vet offers boarding, that’s also a great option. They’ll also have Fido’s medical records already.
Before you head off on a long trip, schedule a quick one-night stayover. This will give you a feel for how drop off and pickup will work. It can also help Fido understand that the kennel is his home away from home.
This also is one area where it is a bit easier to board with your vet. You don’t necessarily have to tell the kennel about Fido’s obsession with fuzzy slippers, but they should know if he is afraid of thunderstorms. Of course, you’d also need to provide any medical information. Provide this information both verbally and in writing, so it can be noted on his record.
Our canine companions are very much creatures of habit. Fido feels safest when he is kept on a pretty steady routine for things like walks, meals, and playtime. Ask the kennel what your pup’s schedule will be while he is in their care. If it’s drastically different from what his usual routine is, start making some adjustments in advance.
While some kennels prefer to use their own supplies, others allow you to bring your pup’s bedding and toys. Find out what you should and shouldn’t add to your pet’s doggy bag. If you’re packing things like food, treats, or medicine, be sure to include some extra, just in case of delays.
Kennels may also have very different procedures for emergencies. Read the fine print. You may need to choose whether you’re to be contacted only in emergencies, or for minor questions. You’ll also need to provide a reliable emergency contact.
Do you need to schedule boarding for your furry best friend? Contact us, your local Kerrville, TX pet hospital and pet hotel, today!