Preparing for Your Pet’s First Boarding Visit

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When you travel, boarding your pet allows you to relax and enjoy your trip while knowing that he or she is in good hands. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we’re pleased to offer veterinary-supervised boarding, so your can feel confident that all of your pet’s needs are being met. We board all of the animals we treat, from cats and dogs to hamsters and snakes. If you’re boarding your pet for the first time, here are some things you can do to prepare.

Consider Your Sleeping Arrangements
If you’re a cat or dog family and your four-legged friend shares a bed with a human family member each night, then the transition to sleeping alone while being boarded could be upsetting. Try to get your pet used to sleeping in his or her crate or at least outside of your bed for a few days before boarding begins. This will help him or her adjust to sleeping alone while you’re gone without being fearful.

Pack for Your Pet’s Comfort
It can be helpful for your pet to have some of the comforts of home with him or her at the boarding facility. For example, a favorite blanket or toy can remind your pet of home and help him or her feel at ease. Depending on the advice of your boarding facility, you may also want to pack your pet’s usual food and treats to avoid stomach upsets.

Do be aware that personal items like blankets and toys that are brought along for a boarding pet can become soiled, damaged, lost, or destroyed. So maybe don’t pack along anything you or your pet can’t live without.

Discuss Your Pet’s Medical Needs
One of the benefits of choosing our veterinary hospital for boarding is that you can feel confident that your pet’s special medical needs will be met. Be sure you have enough of your pet’s medications for the time you will be away and write out complete instructions about dosing and other special attention your pet needs to stay healthy.

Make arrangements for boarding for your pet by contacting Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our animal clinics in Dallas and McKinney will keep your pet happy, healthy, and well cared for while you’re away, so you can have peace of mind. Learn more today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

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