What You Need to Know About Boarding Your Dog
Here are some things you should know and take into consideration before choosing a boarding facility (kennel) for your dog:
Understand the boarding facility's rules and policies.
Before boarding your dog at a new facility, inquire about their policies, procedures, and services. For instance, what kind of food do they feed the dogs, what items can you bring from home (toys, blankets, etc.), what their emergency procedures are, and if they can administer your dog's medication?
Asking about the policies, procedures, and services the facilities offer can help you determine the best home away from home for your dog.
Ensure that your dog's vaccinations are up to date.
Although each dog boarding kennel has its own set of maintenance standards, all reputable boarding establishments have one thing in common: your dog's vaccinations must be current. Because many common dog illnesses and diseases can spread quickly in kennel settings, they will require proof that your dog has received all of the required immunizations. This protects your dog and the other dogs at the facility. In advance, inquire with the kennel about the immunizations required for your puppy.
Check out the facility well ahead of time.
Kennels that house a large number of pets can quickly become cluttered. While a boarding facility cannot be completely sterile, it should look and smell clean. So, before booking your dog's stay, make sure the kennel is well-organized and clean.
Keep your own emotions in check when you drop off your dog.
Dogs are masters at interpreting their pet parents' feelings. Your dog will be able to tell whether you are anxious, trying too hard, or saying goodbye. This will be reflected in your dog's attitude and behavior, making it more difficult for them to unwind after you leave. Keep conversations brief, upbeat, and simple to ease the separation.
Your dog may exhibit different behaviors when they first come home.
The first few days after your dog returns from the kennel may see some differences in how they act, so it's important to be aware of this. Your dog may act clingy, groggy, or have diarrhea. They might even consume more food or liquids than usual. This, however, is a typical reaction to your dog's anticipation of your return. Contact your veterinarian, though, if things don't improve after a few days.
Trust your gut when looking for the best place to board your dog.
When choosing a kennel for your dog, we think it's a good idea to start by trusting your gut. Check out other locations if one doesn't make you feel at ease. If they have a rule you don't agree with, look around at different kennels until you find one you can completely trust.
Boarding Your Dog at Sawtooth Animal Center
In Bellevue, we provide high-quality overnight boarding and daycare services for cats and dogs. While you are away, we can provide your pet with a warm and comfortable home away from home. Medical boarding, temperature-controlled kennels, a separate boarding area for cats and dogs, playtime with staff, daily walks, and other services are available.
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.