Millions of Americans go on the road each year, but only a few can take along the family pet. If your dog will be vacationing at your local boarding facility, it’s important to plan ahead for a successful experience.
- Choose a place that meets your pet’s need. Your pet is unique and you want a kennel/boarding facility that will customize activities and amenities to fit his personality (not a one-size-fits-all experience).
- Book early, especially if you are traveling during peak vacation months, because quality kennels fill up quickly.
- Update vaccinations. A quality facility will require proof that inoculations are up to date. Visit the vet at least one week in advance of boarding so vaccines have time to activate.
- Pack his/her bags with a favorite toy, special food or treats, and a supply of any medications (include a few extra days’ worth, just in case). Write your last name in marker on all personal items.
- Say a quick, happy good-bye. Be upbeat when you deliver your pet to the boarding staff, and she will feel safe and reassured.
If you are anxious about how your pet is doing, don’t hesitate to call. Quality kennels understand that pets are part of the family and have no problem providing you with updates during your pet’s stay!