If you’re going to be out of town for a few days or more, you might need to look into boarding for pets. Leaving your pet with someone else can be difficult, even if you’re bringing them to a professional facility. Do these things before boarding your animal.
Make Sure Your Pet’s Vaccinations Are Up To Date
When your pet is being boarded, they will be exposed to many other animals. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure that your animal has all of their vaccinations. If your pet is missing certain vaccinations, they could wind up picking up a serious illness.
If you bring your pet to Davis Animal Hospital, we’ll be able to take a look at your pet’s vaccination records and provide any vaccinations that they are missing before boarding your animal. Getting this taken care of ahead of time will help to keep your pet safe at our boarding facility while you’re away.
Leave Your Pet With A Familiar Blanket Or Shirt
Pets have a much stronger sense of smell than humans do. This is particularly true for dogs, who are highly reliant on their sense of smell. When boarding your pet, if you leave them with a blanket or a shirt that smells like you, they’ll be far less likely to act out while you are away.
The item that you leave doesn’t have to have a strong scent. Remember, animals have noses that are a lot more sensitive than our own. An item like this can be a great source of comfort, and it can help to reassure your pet that you’ll be back for them soon.
Leave Food And Medicine With The Boarding Facility
You won’t want to make any changes to your pet’s diet when they are being boarded; this could lead to digestive issues. You’ll also want to make sure that the boarding facility that your pet is staying at has any medications that they take. The next time you bring your pet in to see us, we can discuss their medications and make sure that their needs will be met. You’ll want your animal to have everything they need while they are away from you. Both food and medicine are essential.
Find A Boarding Facility That You Can Trust
Not all places that board animals are identical. There are some facilities that provide animals with plenty of one-on-one time, and there are even boarding facilities that will give your pet a chance to spend time outside. However, there are some boarding facilities that will keep your animal in a cage and won’t do more than ensure that their basic needs are met.
Spend some time researching boarding facilities so that you can see what your best options are. If you need advice, we’re happy to connect our clients with trustworthy boarding options in the area.
If you’ve been exploring your options for boarding your pets, you should keep all of this advice in mind. Leaving your pet with someone else can be difficult, but in some cases, it’s the best option that you have. Focus on finding the right boarding facility for your pet and ensure that all of their needs will be met while you’re gone.