Pet Boarding at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group

Each month we board scores of dogs and cats at our two facilities. We thank you for allowing us to care for your pets. We hope it is as much fun for your pets as it is for us!

We have pulled together some information below to help address some of the more common questions that arise when a pet returns home from boarding. We hope that you will find this information useful. If you have any questions after reading this, please do contact us.

Kennel Worker with Dogs

Boarding with us is not for everyone

We welcome most all dogs and cats, but there are a few pets for whom boarding probably isn’t the best option. This would include dangerous or aggressive dogs and those that are difficult for ordinary people to handle. Also, very nervous pets, those with serious heart disease, and those with colitis, epilepsy or immune system problems would probably be better served by being kept at home and looked after by a competent home pet sitter.


We do our best to make each guest’s stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. But, of course, boarding is not the same as being at home. Consider, for example, that your pet’s diet may have varied from what he or she is accustomed to at home. The water probably tastes different. The temperature and humidity may have been different. Some pets become excited and bark constantly. Others tend to pace incessantly in their enclosures, eager to sniff and visit with the other dogs and people. Some pets spend their time intensely watching the goings-on around them and, therefore, get less sleep than they are accustomed to. Still others refuse to eat regularly.

With the above in mind, you can see why pets occasionally return home from boarding with a sore throat, a hoarse voice, tonsillitis, a little weight loss, mild fatigue, or even showing some stress related diarrhea. Most of these issues resolve on their own in a day or two, once the pet is back home. If your pet seems to be under the weather after boarding with us and doesn’t snap back to normal straight away or so, please contact us promptly. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 for advice and more information.

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