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Are you planning a vacation? Going on a medical trip? Then this guide is for you and your pets! Boarding your animals is something you should be thinking about long before you plan your vacation.
Where will they stay? A boarding facility, a friend’s house, or a kennel. There are many options when it comes to boarding your pets.
Making sure your pets have a place to stay while you are gone is crucial. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of housing your pets at a facility when on vacation.
• Your pets are safe
• They are out of the cold/heat
• You know where they are
• You are always free to call and check up on them
• They may not get taken out often enough
• You are unsure about the cleanliness
As you can see the pros out weigh the cons by a vast majority. Boarding at a kennel or facility is sometimes the best option. Here is a list of things to look for at the facility before you book your pets stay.
- Check to see how often the pets are taken out for walks
- Make sure the rooms or kennels they stay in are clean
- Examine the facility for any parasites such as fleas or mites
- If your pet has special medications or needs make sure the staff can fulfill the tasks
When you arrive at the facility for inspection you want to keep an eye on the above things. If anything feels off about the place you are thinking of, choose a different one. Your pets deserve the best!
Boarding your pets requires you to bring certain items along. Take a look below, at the end of this post there will be a free printable checklist!
Checklist for boarding pets
- Vaccination Records, all boarding pets are required to have Bordatella, Rabies, and Boosters when they arrive
- Bed from home
- Your pet’s own food
- Leash and collar for walks
- Dishes for food and water
- Toys for play time
- Bones to pass boredom
- Enrichment toys like kongs (not required but recommended)
- Any items from home that your pet has an attatchment to
- Medication (if your pet has any)
- A written or typed instructions if your pets have special needs or feeding requirements
- Treats for snack time
- Litter box (if you have a cat)
- Hay (if you have a rabbit)
Leaving your pet at an unknown facility can be stressful and worry some. Check up on your pet a day after he settles in and every other day to see how he is doing.
A lot of pets will not go potty or eat for the first day, this is nothing to worry about unless it’s ongoing for more than 24 hours.
Make sure to call ahead when you are planning to board your pets. Sometimes facilities will have upgrades to choose from and you want to make sure you get the best choice!
Ready for your free printable checklist? Look Below!