Before we know it, we will be in the thick of the holidays. Many people travel during this time to see family and friends. There may be a variety of reasons why you’re not able or don’t want to bring your pet with you while you’re traveling. It can also be hard to find friends or family willing to pet sit for you when they have family functions of their own going on as well. This is when you may turn to a resort or boarding facility for your pet. Our boarding facilities at Longview Animal Hospital offer exceptional value – ask us about our protocols and be sure to reserve your spot early!
With all of the options available, it’s important that you do your homework before turning over your pet. You want boarding your pet to ease your stress about leaving them behind, not increase it. Different places offer different services and you want somewhere that will be comfortable for them and treat your pets well.
Tips for making your pet’s holiday boarding stay easier
– Ask for referrals
The first thing you need to do is make a list of places that you’re considering. Check with other pet owners that you know about boarding facilities that they trust. This will give you a great start because you know that they will be honest with you about their experiences. Your veterinarian is also a great resource for suggestions.
– Check out the boarding facilities in person
In order to get a good idea about the facilities you’re considering is by checking them out in person. Before you go, make a list of questions you may have. While you’re there, take some time to talk to the staff to see how friendly they are and how knowledgeable they are. Also, observe the cleanliness of the facility, the size of the enclosures and what access to the outdoors is like. If you live in a cold climate, make sure that the facility will be heated.
– Double check the rules and get your pet up-to-date on vaccinations
Many facilities have rules when it comes to vaccinations. Because your pet will be exposed to many other animals, you need to make sure they are protected. When you go to tour the facilities, it’s a good idea to bring your pet’s health record with you. Most of the time, boarding facilities will require that your dog be vaccinated for kennel cough because it is highly contagious and spreads quickly in these types of environments.
– Make sure your pet has its own room
You need to make sure that your pet has its own room. Do not let your pet go to a facility that will place it with another person’s pet. There are many things that could go wrong in that kind of situation and you shouldn’t have to worry about that when you leave your pet somewhere.
– Verify that you can bring in your own food for your pet
The last thing you want to worry about is upsetting your pet too much or them getting sick. Regardless of whether your pet actually requires a special diet, make sure that you can bring in your own food for your pet. If they are forced to change food quickly, this can make them sick and cause a lot of problems. They should be able to keep on eating their regular diet while staying at a boarding facility.
Also make sure to pack enough food and medication, if needed. You don’t want your pet to run out while you’re gone because you’ll have no way to get them more until you return.
– Book early
Good boarding facilities book up quickly, especially during the holidays. Make sure to do your research well ahead of time and pick a location. This will also give you peace of mind as you get closer to having to leave. At least you’ll have this set up far ahead of time.
– Provide contact information
Make sure to include all contact information for you, emergency numbers and your veterinarian in case someone needs to be reached while you’re gone.
– Make sure your pet has identification
When you drop your pet off, it’s important to have a collar with identification information on it. You may want to consider getting your pet a microchip as well, just in case. This will make it much easier to find your pet if the collar or tags get lost.
– Don’t draw out your goodbyes
When it comes time to drop off your pet, don’t make a big fuss over leaving. Even though you may be sad, put on a happy and calm face for your pet. If your anxiety is obvious or if you make the goodbye drawn out, you will actually make your pet more nervous about what’s happening. Also be sure to include familiar toys.
The holidays can be a stressful time, especially if you need to leave your pets behind. By doing some work ahead of time and finding the right facility for your pet, you will have a much more pleasant holiday for both of you! Check out information about our pet boarding facility and contact us now for more information!