When we decide to bring a pet into our home, we may not anticipate there being an occasion when we would need to find someone else to take care of our adorable animal. However, sometimes situations arise where it is simply not possible for you to take care of your pet. Perhaps you are going on a vacation where you aren’t able to take your pet. You might be going into hospital or having a procedure that leaves you unable to fulfill his care requirements. It could even be something as simple as getting your home remodeled and you need somewhere safe and quiet for your pet to stay for a few days. Whatever the reason that you need alternative care for your pet, you may wish to consider a boarding service.
Pet boarding is exactly as the name suggests – a place where your pet can go and stay, for anything from a single daytime to days or weeks at a time, where he can receive all the care he needs in your absence. Many owners like to think of boarding as a vacation for their pets!
There are different types of boarding available, but professional boarding facilities is considered to be the ideal solution for short-term pet care problems, and most pet owners now realize and appreciate the expert knowledge, training, and experience that can be provided by staff when you choose to board your pet with a professional.
Understandably, many pet owners who haven’t boarded their pets before having reservations about the process. What will their pets do all day? Will he get the love and attention he needs? All professional boarding facilities pride themselves on delivering what is as close to a home from home experience as possible. Every animal should be given their own accommodation in which to sleep, eat and simply chill out, plus dogs are usually given the opportunity to socialize with other animals (at their owner’s discretion of course!). Exercise and play are also usually included, with many boarding facilities offering owners the ability to build a ‘package’ of services to suit the individual needs of their pet. Optional extras such as grooming and veterinary visits may even be a possibility.
Choosing a boarding facility for the first time can be daunting, but by visiting in person, you will soon get a feel for whether your pet will feel at home there. It is important to ask plenty of questions so that you understand exactly what care your pet will receive. Some of the most important questions that you should ask include:
What feed is used? Can I supply my own? How often will my pet be fed?
How often will my pet’s water container be topped up? How often will it be washed? (This is important as water bowls can be breeding grounds for bacteria)
Can you give my pet his medication? (if applicable)
What will happen if my pet needs veterinary care during his stay?
Am I able to bring in anything from home to help my pet settle? Many owners like to supply their pet’s favorite toy or blanket.
Unless you have used a boarding facility before, you may not realize that any reputable outfit will have a set of strict entry requirements that must be pet before your pet can be admitted. These are for the health and safety of all pets staying there, as well as the staff that works there. These generally relate to the health of your pet. As you might imagine, infectious diseases can spread like wildfire among populations of unprotected animals. To help ensure that no pet in our care gets sick, we insist on proof of up-to-date core vaccinations including rabies, plus a vaccination for Bordetella aka kennel cough. We may also ask to see proof that your pet is on a parasite prevention program so that we can be certain that he won’t bring any fleas, ticks or worms into the facility.
If you know that you will be boarding your pet in the fairly near future, it is important to ensure that he meets all the requirements sooner rather than later so that you are not left disappointed and lacking in care for your pet, or forced to consider a substandard facility.
For more information on pet boarding, please speak to our knowledgeable and reassuring team by calling Manson Veterinary Clinic in Manson, IA today (712) 847-8200.