All jokes aside (we would NEVER put your kitty in a cardboard box—our visitors all get their own spacious area), as a pet owner, you must face the question of what to do with your animal when you go on vacation. Some people decide to take their fur babies along, but whether you’re looking at a road trip or airline flight, traveling can be tremendously stressful for an animal. You might even run into hotel restrictions or other complications that prevent you from bringing your dog or cat on vacation even if you wanted to.
For these reasons, the better option is to pursue pet boarding from a local vet. However, this brings up a whole other set of concerns. Is pet boarding safe? Will your animal receive the best care possible? What if a medial issue arises while you’re gone? As long as you choose a competent, ethical boarding kennel, all of these concerns are addressed before you drop off your pet.
How to Pick a Safe Boarding Kennel
Above all, you want your pet to be safe at the boarding kennel you choose. Here’s how to find a reputable boarder to safely watch over your dog or cat in your absence:
- Ask about the accommodations: Make sure animals have a fenced-in place to play, individual water and food dishes, climate-controlled accommodations, and a solidly divided enclosure to sleep in to avoid feeling challenged by other animals at the kennel.
- Ask about animal supervision: Staff members should check on animals frequently to look for signs of stress or illness. The staff should be trained to recognize these signs and seek veterinary assistance if needed.
- Look into procedures for cleanliness: Animals can carry dangerous bacteria and viruses. The last thing you want is for your pet to be boarded in the same kennel where another animal carries a contagious disease. Find a kennel that only accepts animals that are up-to-date on their immunizations and follows stringent disinfecting procedures to protect your pet’s health.
- Find out if visitors are allowed: A “No Visitors” policy may seem harsh, but by not permitting anyone but staff members to enter the area where the animals are kept, the kennel remains calmer, cleaner and safer. It means your dog or cat won’t be startled by a stream of strangers walking through every day.
- Ask what happens in a medical emergency: Make sure your pet has access to a fully-equipped animal hospital in case an emergency arises. It’s easy to meet this important safety measure when you choose to board your animal with a vet.
- Assess the services: While your animal would survive being locked up in a stuffy cage for a few days, that’s not the experience you want your furry friend to have while you’re enjoying yourself on vacation. To ensure a positive stay, look into the services the boarding kennel offers, including walks, playtime, socialization, outdoor views, cuddle time, grooming and bathing.
Dog and Cat Boarding with Germantown Vet Clinic
If you’re looking for a safe, sanitary, comfortable place for your dog or cat to stay, Germantown Vet Clinic is a great choice. Our experienced, compassionate staff treats all boarded animals with love and care to ensure a positive experience for your pet.
For just a small $5 fee per stay, we cover dogs and cats 10 years and younger for up to $300 in medical care should the animal need it while at our facility. This pet insurance gives you peace of mind knowing your animal is completely cared for in your absence.
For answers to other questions about our pet boarding services, or to schedule your animal’s stay with us, please contact us online or call 240-252-7467 today.