Preparing Your Pet for Boarding

Posted on August 19, 2010. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , |

No one likes to put their pet in a boarding facility, but eventually most pet owners will eventually have to.  My first suggestion is to try to find someone who can pet sit at your house, or have your pet go to their house.  The one on one attention and being in a home can be much more comfortable for your pet.  If you aren’t able to find a pet sitter, follow these simple steps to make your pets stay in a boarding facility a little more comfortable.

1.)  Update your pets vaccinations.  Dogs should have their Distemper, Parvo, Corona, Bordatella, and Rabies Vaccines.  Cats should have their Distemper, Feline Leukemia and Rabies Vaccines.

2.) Visit the boarding facility you are going to use.  Get a tour, see how clean it is, check with the staff about play times, and how your pet will be interacting with other pets there.  Also check out the staff, are they upbeat and does it look like they enjoy their job.  Look at the other pets that are boarding, do they look happy?  Is the facility indoor/outdoor?  Where will your pet go to the bathroom?

3.)  Bring your own pet food.  Many pets will get upset stomachs if they change food abruptly.  If you bring your own food, it will help keep their stomachs on track.

4.)  If the kennel will allow, bring a blanket or towel that has your scent.  Keep in mind however, that you may not get it back.  If it gets soiled, it may end up in laundry and get lost or thrown away.

5.)  Bring toys for your pets that they enjoy playing with.  Of course the same rule applies from number 4.


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I can give pet owners in North County San Diego comfort and assurance that their “children” pets will be well cared for in their own homes.
I have several clients who say they had not a worry in the world while on vacation because they knew I was taking care of their dogs, cats, or horses.
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