Do you have to board your pet, have you done this before? There are many different types of boarding facilities that can meet your pooch's needs. Below are a few tips from our Marina del Rey vets to help you make an informed choice about the right medical boarding facility for your pet.
What You Need to Know About Medical Boarding
Before choosing a medical boarding facility for your pet, you should know and take into consideration the following.
Understand the boarding facility's rules and policies.
Before leaving your pet at a new facility, please inquire about their policies, procedures, and services. For example, what kind of food do they feed the pets, what items can you bring from home (toys, blankets, etc.), what their emergency procedures are, and if they can administer your dog's medication?
You can determine the best home away from home for your pet by asking about the policies, procedures, and services the facilities offer.
Ensure that your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date.
Pet boarding facilities all have one thing in common: your pet's vaccinations must be up-to-date, even though each dog boarding facility has its own criteria for maintenance.' They will require proof that your pet has received all required immunizations, as many common pet illnesses and diseases can spread quickly in kennel settings. Your pooch and the other pets at the facility are protected by this. You should inquire with the kennel in advance about the immunizations they require your pup to have.
Check out the facility well ahead of time.
Kennels that house a large number of pets can quickly become unkempt. While it is impossible to keep a boarding facility completely sterile, a high-quality boarding facility will look and smell clean. So, before booking your pet stay, make sure the kennel is kept organized and clean.
Keep your own emotions in check when you drop off your pet.
Your pets are experts when it comes to reading their parents emotions. Your dog or cat can tell when you are stressed, overcompensating, or saying goodbye. It will be harder for your pet to relax once you leave because of the mood and behavior of your pet. To ease the transition, please keep things simple, short, and positive.
Your pet may exhibit different behaviors when they first come home.
Understand that your cat or dog may behave strangely in the first few days after returning from the kennel. Your pet may be clingy, lethargic, or experiencing diarrhea. They may even consume more food or drink than they would normally consume. This is a normal reaction to your dog's or cat's excitement when he or she returns home. Nevertheless, if things do not improve within a few days, please contact your veterinarian.
Trust your gut when looking for the best place to board your pet.
We believe that trusting your instincts is a good place to start when looking for a kennel for your pet. If you don't feel at ease in one location, try another. If you don't agree with their policy, look around at other kennels until you find one you completely trust.
Boarding Your Pet at Shane Veterinary Medical Center
In Marina del Rey, we provide high-quality medical boarding for cats and dogs. While you are away, we can provide your pet with a warm and comfortable home away from home. We provide temperature-controlled kennels, a separate boarding area for cats and dogs, playtime with staff, daily walks, and other services.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition or boarding needs, please make an appointment with your vet.