Things to Do Before Boarding Pets

Cat boarding and dog boarding can feel overwhelming when we think about putting our beloved pets in the hands of someone else. But, being away from time to time is natural, and whether you’re on vacation, need to be somewhere for work, etc., chances are at some point, you’ll have to make a decision to put your pet in someone else’s care for a short time. Thankfully, dog kennels are more professional and more secure than ever before. There is actually a growing demand, not only or boarding pets, but for kennels to be classier and more sophisticated than they have been in the past.

Because of these high demands from pet owners, more and more kennels are taking notice, and offering additional services. In Winnipeg, you can even find pet grooming in most kennels. But, as a pet owner, there are a few things to think about before you consider boarding for dogs or cat, to make sure their stay at the kennel is as happy, stress-free, and comfortable as it can possibly be. Let’s take a closer look at what you can do before boarding your pet, to make for a better experience for everyone.

First, it’s important to find out what variety of food the kennel you’re looking at offers to the pets that stay there. Some pets have allergies, are on special weight-control food, etc. Luckily, most kennels are happy to let you provide your own food for your pet during their stay.

It’s also important to make sure that your pet is up to date with all of their health and medical examinations. Some dog kennels won’t let a dog into the facility if they haven’t received vaccinations, and even ‘a kennel cough’ shots. Kennels nowadays want to make sure every pet that stays within their facilities is healthy, so they don’t become a risk factor to the other animals staying there. Most kennels will also have a veterinarian on staff at all times, just in case any animal happens to get sick, in a case of emergencies, etc.

Finally, check out the kennel you’re considering as much as possible before actually sending your pet there. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to check out the credentials of most kennels. This includes reviews from other people, which can be extremely helpful and insightful. If a kennel gets consistently negative reviews, it might be a good idea to avoid sending your four-legged friend there while you’re away. Most kennels will also allow you to visit ahead of time, so you can make your own determinations on whether or not you feel comfortable with their facilities.

Leaving your dog or cat in the care of a kennel doesn’t have to be a daunting situation, as long as you’re confident you’re making the right kennel choice, and you’ve prepared yourself, and your pet as much as possible ahead of time. That way, you can feel comfortable leaving them for a short period of time, and enjoy your time away without worrying.