Is this your first time boarding your dog? You likely have a lot of questions and worries about leaving your dog in the care of strangers. Today, our Oakwood vets aim to put your worries to rest and share some important things you should know about boarding your dog and choosing a reputable boarding facility.
Things You Should Know When Boarding Your Dog
Here are some things you should know and take into consideration before choosing a boarding facility (kennel) for your dog:
Each Boarding Facility Has Different Rules And Policies.
Before boarding your dog at a new facility ask them about their rules, regulations, and what they offer. For example, what type of food do they feed the dogs, what items can you bring from home (toys, blankets, etc.), what are their emergency procedures, or if they can administer your dog's medicine?
Asking about the policies, procedures, and services the facilities offer can help you determine the best home away from home for your dog.
Your Dog's Vaccinations Have To Be Up To Date.
While every kennel has its criteria for maintenance, all reputable boarding facilities have one thing in common, your dog's vaccinations have to be up to date. They will require proof that your dog has received all of the required immunizations because many common dog illnesses and diseases can spread quickly in kennel settings. This helps keep your pooch and the other dogs at the facility safe. Ask the kennel in advance which immunizations they require your pup to have.
Inspect The Cleanliness Of The Facility.
Environments that house a lot of pets can get messy quickly. While a boarding facility can't be kept fully sterile, a high-quality boarding facility will still look and smell clean. So, before booking your dog's stay visit the kennel and make sure it's kept organized and clean.
Don't Be Emotional When You Drop Off Your Dog.
Dogs are good at reading the emotions of their owners. They will be able to tell if you are stressed, overcompensating, or saying goodbye. Your dog's mood and behavior will reflect this, making it harder for them to relax once you leave. To make the separation easier keep things simple, short, and positive.
Your Dog May Exhibit Different Behaviors When They First Come Home.
The first few days after your dog comes home from the kennel, they may behave a little differently. Your pooch might be clingy, lethargic, or have diarrhea. They may even eat or drink more than usual. However, this is a normal response to your dog's excitement about coming home. But, if things don't settle down after a few days, contact your vet.
Trust Your Gut.
It's always best to trust your instincts when choosing a kennel for your dog. If you don't feel comfortable with a place, look for another. If they have a policy you don't like, look around at different kennels until you find one that you can trust completely.
Boarding Your Dog at Oakwood Animal Hospital
We offer high-quality overnight boarding and daycare services for cats and dogs in Oakwood. We can provide your furry friend with a home away from home while you are away. Some of the services we offer include medical boarding, temperature-controlled kennels, a separate boarding area for cats and dogs, playtime with staff, daily walks, and more!