Behavioural Advice

Boarding Advice

Are you going on holidays soon?

Before considering whether to board your pet please check their vaccination records, ensuring their vaccination within the past 12 months. If your pet is due for booster vaccination, ensure this is undertaken well ahead of the boarding period. It is a good idea to contact the boarding facility to check their policy regarding vaccination administration before boarding.

When choosing a boarding facility, there are several factors to consider, for example:

  • How big are individual kennels?
  • Is there any natural light?
  • Will your pet have access to a run during the day?
  • How many kennels are there in the complex? Fewer kennels mean a quieter, calmer stay.
  • Do the kennels smell bad? If so, this can indicate poor hygiene or ventilation problems.
  • Are the staff/owners welcoming, friendly and polite?
  • Did they require proof of vaccination? Vaccinations help prevent the spread of disease.
  • Are there signs of overbooking or overcrowding?
  • Do they provide food, or can you provide your own pet’s specific diet?
  • Can they medicate dogs if required?
  • Which veterinarian do they use in an emergency?

 

You will need to inform the boarding facility of any health problems your pet may have had or is prone to.

If medication administration is necessary for your pet, you should let them know when booking. Write down the dose, frequency, name and any particulars of the medication for your pet. If on long term medication, please ensure you bring along extra just in case.  Please provide the boarding facility with our details if your pet needs veterinary attention in your absence.

An ideal boarding facility for your pet has a relaxed, calm atmosphere, created by having fewer kennels/animals, a design that minimises stressors and allows maintenance of a high standard of hygiene.

Please give us a call to discuss boarding and determine if your pet is up to date with the required vaccinations.