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Leaving behind your dog or cat when you’re going on a trip can be distressing. You want to ensure your beloved pet is properly cared for while you’re gone. Boarding facilities for dogs and cats are a popular option, and they often offer different services for affordable costs. As you make arrangements, there are a few things to know before you book your pet’s stay. Below, our veterinarians explore your options and offer insight, so your pet is comfortable and safe. 

Choosing a Kennel Boarding Facility

You likely won’t have a problem finding pet boarding facilities near you. But choosing the best one for your pet can be tough. Every facility offers its own perks, so it’s a matter of deciding what kind of experience your pet needs. Some pets, such as those with separation anxiety, may require additional attention and care to prevent them from getting too nervous. 

Sometimes, you may be able to select specialized care for your pet for a fee. Certain facilities may offer extra services for your pet, such as: 

  • Extra walks or outdoor playtime 
  • Special treats
  • Additional individualized care with a staff member
  • Bath and grooming before returning home

Make a Reservation Well in Advance

It’s best not to wait until the last minute to make a reservation. Holidays and certain times of the year when many people are going on vacation, such as spring break, can be completely booked weeks or even months in advance. Call ahead as soon as you believe you’ll be leaving on a trip. You may also use this opportunity to take a tour of the facility if they are provided. 

Make a Checklist for the Best Boarding Experience

Every pet owner wants their pet to have the best boarding experience possible. There are a few items you will want to bring with you when you leave to drop off your pet. Some facilities need you to bring your pet’s collar, leash, and ID tag, while others provide their own. Here’s a general checklist to consider:

  • Favorite treats and toys
  • A familiar blanket
  • Medications
  • Written details or instructions if your pet has notable personality traits that can potentially be relevant
  • Emergency contact information

If you know your pet will be nervous about being left behind without you, providing a blanket, T-shirt, or toy that smells like home can help ease its nerves. 

Your Pet Should Receive a Checkup Beforehand

Before you leave on your trip, you should have your pet receive a checkup from a veterinarian at Blue Lake Animal Hospital. We’ll make sure your pet is all healthy before you leave on your vacation so you can have peace of mind. We can also confirm that your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and flea and tick preventatives. Animals with parasitic infections cannot be boarded, as well as those at risk for spreading or catching common diseases. 

By making the right preparations, you’ll return to a happy pet. Blue Lake Animal Hospital can help you prepare your pet for boarding. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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