7 TIPS FOR BOARDING YOUR PET
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Boarding can be a stressful experience for both the pet and the pet parent. It doesn’t have to be. There are a few things you can do to minimize stress and make the boarding experience more enjoyable.
7 things to do before boarding your pet:
- Check out the facility first: If this is your first time boarding your pet, make sure to tour the facility before dropping your pet off. Some facilities offer different kennel sizes or themed rooms, which are best gauged in person. If you can, do a test run for one night to see how your pet does in a new environment
- Ask about optional services to make your pets stay more fun: Many boarding facilities offer additional play time, doggy day care, or walks. Incorporating activities into your pet’s stay can help the time go by faster
- Relax: Calming supplements are available to help pets cope with the changes and new noises boarding brings to their routine.
- Bring small comforts from home: Bringing your pet’s bed, toys, and treats can make the boarding facility feel more like home. Ask if the facility will allow you to bring your cat’s personal litterbox
- Keep their diet the same: Changing your pet’s diet can upset your pet’s stomach. Although many boarding facilities will provide food if needed, bringing your pet’s own food with directions regarding how much to feed and what time of day is best.
- Bring your pet’s medical records: If your pet is on any medication, don’t forget to pack it with dosing instructions.
- Book early: Book your pet’s stay early and confirm your reservation as your trip gets closer.
It is important to have annual (or bi-annual) routine exams, blood-work and urinalysis to maintain your senior pet’s health. By following your veterinarian’s recommendations, you may catch problems before they progress and keep your senior pet in tip-top shape.
Schedule your pet’s boarding reservation with us today by calling 727-222-5727!