While most pet owners wish they could bring their beloved dogs with them
when they travel, it’s often too expensive or simply impractical
to do so. Luckily, there are a number of reputable
animal hospitals and dog boarding facilities in our area that can watch over your pet while
you travel. To make sure your pet is happy, well cared for, and safe while
you’re away, check out these tips for getting the most out of your
dog boarding services.
Choose a Dog Boarding Facility With On-Site Veterinarians
You should choose a dog boarding facility has a qualified, experienced
veterinarian on-site in case your dog becomes ill or injured during his stay. In some
ways, a dog boarding facility is a lot like a big pre-school: lots of
attendees from different families who don’t know each other. The
food and water probably tastes different. The temperature and humidity
will be different from what the pet is accustomed to. Accidents can and
do happen on occasion. Pets can and do get sick on occasion. So, the presence
of a veterinarian can be quite a comfort.
The veterinarian should be equipped and staffed with assistants so as to
be able to handle the typical small animal emergencies that pop up from
time to time. Before choosing a pet boarding facility, ask the manager
of each potential boarding facility what their procedure is for handling
accidents, illnesses and emergencies among the borders.
Look For the Best Dog Boarding Amenities
Many dog boarding facilities offer amenities beyond just dog boarding.
At the least, you want to find one that provides personal, daily playtime
for your dog so that he won’t be as lonely without you. Some facilities
also offer dog grooming services, and will give your dog a bath, nail
trim, and haircut so he’ll be clean and comfortable when you pick
him up. Others provide luxury dog kennels, or allow you to board family
dogs together to increase their comfort.
Communicate Your Dog’s Special Needs in Writing
If your dog has any dietary restrictions, mobility problems, or behavioral
issues, you should be sure to communicate them in writing to the manager
of the dog boarding facility. This is particularly important if your dog
has an allergy or health condition that needs special attention during
boarding. Many boarding facilities, such as ourselves, will be happy to
feed your pet his or her own special food, if you send a bag along with
the boarding pet.
At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer affordable, secure,
pet boarding in the north Dallas area. Nothing overly fancy; just what your pet needs; nothing more and certainly
nothing less. Pets will be well cared for, as our friendly, experienced
animal clinic staff will provide daily walks for dogs, daily personal
pet playtime and personal attention. Our staff gets to know each pet on
an individual level and is quick to call any odd behaviors or findings
to the attention of a veterinarian. We also provide spacious dog kennels
and on-site emergency vet services in our pet hospital. For more information
about our dog boarding services, contact us today at (972) 239-1309 (Preston
Road – north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (Meadow brook – McKinney