Every now and then, you may have to leave your dog with pet boarding, such as when you have to deal with an emergency or need to go out of town. But how do you tell which facility is right for your furry bud?
First of all, ask the staff to describe what a usual day is like for the dogs in their facility. The canines should get lots of opportunities to burn their excess energy. Also ask them what type of overnight care they provide to the pets.
Choose a place that has stress-relieving amenities, such as a playground where dogs can interact with one another in play. Even in highly rated facilities, dogs can still have a hard time coping with boarding, especially in the beginning.
Ask them if the pets are being supervised by trained staff during group play. Doggos should always be supervised while playing to avoid accidents or confrontations that can lead to injuries.
Cleanliness and Facility Size
It’s a must to choose a clean, disinfected facility so that your dog stays as healthy and happy as when you left him. This is one of the main reason you should choose a place that is large enough to accommodate freely circulating air. This will help stop the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.
Pick a facility that provides 24/7 care for the pets. Pets must never be left among themselves, whether or not during play. There should always be someone available in the event of an emergency.
Ask what training and background the staff has in terms of animal care. With good knowledge of dog care, behavior or perhaps even training, they will be able to respond more appropriately to potential issues.
If your dog is very active and friendly, you should choose a facility that lets him meet people and other dogs outside. Talk to the staff about your dog’s personality, and if he tends to be the quiet type who doesn’t enjoy much company, make sure to mention that. Just because you have to be away doesn’t mean your pet has to be miserable.
Overall Medical Emergency Preparedness
Ask the staff about general emergency preparedness, including the policies they follow in emergency situations. In addition, find out which animal hospital they usually take the pets to when necessary.
If your dog has a medical condition, ask them whether their staff is trained in administering medications and if they are familiar with that particular condition. Finally and very importantly, ask them if they are equipped to deal with an emergency and if a veterinarian will be on board round the clock.