Whether you have a business trip or extended vacation coming up, taking your pet along isn’t always possible. However, a reputable boarding kennelshould be able to provide your pet with everything it needs until you return. If you have never boarded your dog before, here are a few tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Take Your pet for a Visit
Making your pet familiar with the kennel environment and its caretakers can help make your pet feel more secure about staying there. Try to schedule play dates and regular visits before the actual boarding so your dog gets comfortable with being dropped off there.
Update Your Pet’s Vaccinations
While a reputable kennel will disinfect often, there are still some contagious diseases among dogs that may linger in a shared common area. Vaccinations can help protect your pet during its kennel stay. Look into your pet’s records and ensure that it receives the following preventative shots before you drop it off:
- Kennel Cough
Ensuring that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date may help keep it safer during an extended stay at a kennel.
Ask Before You Pack
Before you pack items for your pet’s kennel stay, you may want to ask the staff what it will need and what is permitted. A toy or blanket with your home’s scent on it may help your dog feel secure while you are away. For more information on how to prepare your pet for boarding, call Barfield Animal Hospital at 615-217-8484.