Because pets are family to most of us, boarding a family dog can be a little
stressful, but there are some trips that just aren’t made for four-legged
friends. The good news is that there are many things you can do to make
boarding your dog a lot less anxious for both you and your pet. Start
by talking to
us or your regular veterinarian if you need to find a trustworthy
dog boarding facility. These tips will also help.
Tour the Facility
You will feel more confident about boarding your dog if you tour the kennel
you’re considering. Look for signs of overcrowding and be sure there
is an adequate staff in place to care for all of the guests. Evaluate
the overall cleanliness, and watch how the staff interacts with the dogs.
The attitude, demeanor and attention to detail shown by the staff is probably
more important to your pet than how new, how expensive, or how fancy a
boarding facility is. A good boarding kennel will have procedures in place
that keep dogs both engaged and safe, so ask about the daily routine and
how the kennel deals with things like aggressive dogs, nervous dogs, and
differences in sizes and temperament during playtimes. Also inquire about
the facility’s procedures for handling emergencies, accidents, and
illnesses – more on that to follow.
Pack Things from Home
It’s a good idea to bring your dog’s regular food when you
board him or her, as changing foods can cause aggravate sensitive stomachs.
Some folks also bring water, as water taste and quality can vary widely
across the state. You can also pack a favorite toy or blanket so your
dog has something familiar to put him or her at ease. Keep in mind that
things you bring to the kennel can get dirty or lost or destroyed during
play sessions, so don’t bring expensive pet beds or other items
that you want to keep in good condition.
Review Emergency Procedures
Leave a phone number and email address where you can be reached with the
boarding kennel, as well as local contact number for a trusted friend
or family member. Go over the boarding facility’s emergency procedures,
and let them know who can give permission for veterinary treatment, if
needed. In addition to emergencies and accidents, find how they handle
routine illnesses, such as coughing or stress diarrhea.
Get the peace of mind you want when you board your dog by choosing boarding
at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our animal hospitals in the north
Dallas area provide attentive and caring boarding with access to vet care
when needed, from a veterinarian who knows your dog’s medical history.
Learn more about our boarding services by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston
Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook
Animal hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.