Tips for Boarding Your Dog

Will you be boarding your dog soon? Fido is a great pet and companion, but he can’t go everywhere with you. Sooner or later, you’ll likely need to bring your furry buddy to a pet hotel. Read on for some great suggestions from a Marietta, GA vet on boarding your pooch.

Get References

If you’re searching for a new kennel, look for reviews and ask your vet for recommendations. The kennel should also ask you for certain information, such as proof of Fido’s vaccinations. (Note: this won’t apply if you are boarding with your vet, as they will already have that information on file.)

Perks

Some kennels combine other services, such as grooming, with boarding. Don’t be afraid to ask about perks and add-ons. It’s a wonderful thing to pick up a dog that is not only super happy to see you, but fresh and clean to boot!

Ask Questions

Find out about the kennel’s policies and hours. You may want to know if you’ll be contacted for minor questions, or only in an emergency. Make sure you are clear on the kennel’s hours for drop-offs and pickups. You don’t want to find out at the last minute that you can’t drop Fido off on the way to the airport!

Pack Wisely

Kennels all vary widely on what they want their clients to bring for their pets. Some allow you to bring bedding and toys from home, while others prefer to use their own supplies. Ask what to pack for your pooch. (Tip: if you’re bringing food for Fido, bring extra, in case you are delayed.)

Avoid Long Goodbyes

We know, it’s tough to leave our furry friends behind. However, long, drawn-out goodbyes will only make things harder on both you and Fido. Keep your farewells short and sweet.

Written Instructions

Always put any special care instructions in writing. You don’t have to tell the staff that Fido barks at the mailman every day, but it would help them to know if your canine buddy is afraid of thunderstorms.

Trial Run

If possible, bring Fido to the kennel for a short stay before you leave on a longer trip. That way, your pup will already be familiar with his hotel.

Do you need to schedule boarding? Contact us, your Marietta, GA pet clinic! We always treat our furry charges as though they were our own!