No one enjoys boarding their cat or dog in a kennel, but the majority of pet owners have to board their pets at one time or another. It can be heartbreaking to walk away from a pet after dropping him off at a kennel or pet boarding facility because that pet really doesn’t know if you’ll be coming back. Choosing a pet boarding facility that will give your four-legged family member the best possible care will help you rest easier if you must leave town.
Before choosing a pet boarding facility for your dog or cat, ask friends and relatives with pets if they ever board their animals, and if so, find out where. Word of mouth is often the best type of recommendation, and if a trusted friend or family member is happy with the services offered by a particular place of business, chances are that business is reputable. Ask specific questions regarding the condition of their pet after an extended stay, as well as questions regarding cleanliness, friendliness, and care before choosing a facility.
Visit the Facility
After locating a recommended pet boarding facility, stop by for an impromptu visit, and ask for a tour. If the staff isn’t friendly or as welcoming as you’d expect, keep on searching. A reputable business with nothing to hide will be more than happy to show you where dogs and cats are housed, and they will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
While touring a pet care facility, pay close attention to the cleanliness of the kennels and the dogs and cats housed therein before choosing that kennel. Accidents occasionally happen, but if the floors of kennel and cages are wet or dirty, the animals might not have regular access to litter boxes or outdoor areas. Use your nose as well as your eyes to determine if the pet boarding facility is clean. Cat cages should be equipped with litter boxes, and dogs should have access to an outdoor run. A kennel without outdoor dog runs should walk the dogs regularly for exercise as well as to avoid accidents within cages.
Individual cages and kennels should also be equipped with bowls of fresh water at all times, and a clean mat or other soft area for resting should be within every enclosure. In addition, animals should be able to stand up and have plenty of room to move around comfortably. Staying in a kennel should be a relaxing time for pets, so make sure it appears clean before choosing that facility. After all, our pets deserve a vacation too!
Ask what brands and types of food are provided, and if your pet requires a specific diet, make sure the facility will allow you to provide food and accommodate his individual needs. In addition, make sure emergency services are available 24 hours a day in case your pet should require urgent medical care before choosing that facility.
Look for ventilation within the kennel and natural as well as artificial lighting sources. Also, the facility should provide adequate heating and cooling, so consider the temperature outdoors in comparison to the temperature indoors when taking a tour. Your beloved pet is counting on you to ensure his happiness, comfort, and safety before choosing a pet boarding facility where he can stay while you’re away.