As much as we’d all love to take our cat or dog with us on holiday or a work trip, unfortunately that’s not always possible. In cases where a family member or friend can’t provide appropriate care for your furry friend while you are away, pet boarding facilities are an excellent option to ensure that our furbabies are safe and sound at all times. However, there are a few things to be aware of when choosing the right place for your pet…
Take a look around
Have you ever arrived at a hotel and realised that the pictures made it seem much bigger and cleaner than it is in reality? Yep, it’s happened to the best of us, and we certainly don’t want your pooch or feline friend to experience this! Most places will allow you to visit and inspect their kennels before booking there, which means you can see for yourself whether it lives up to expectations depicted in their advertising. Pay special attention to the areas where your pet will be allowed to play, ensuring there is a sufficient amount of space for them to run around and enjoy themselves throughout the day.
Get a feel for the staff
If you’re leaving your four legged family member with a group of new, strange people for any extended period of time, it’s important to make sure that they are warm, friendly and exhibit behaviour that makes you and your pet feel comfortable. After all, you know your dog or cat better than anybody else – you’ll be able to tell if a team of staff simply isn’t right for their personality.
What you need to remember
Some boarding facilities will ask for proof of an up to date vaccination history before you drop off your pet for their stay. This ensures that they are protected from preventable illnesses or conditions that may come from being around other animals for an extended period of time. It’s also a good idea to ask about the veterinary care they provide if your pet does happen to fall sick – remember, accidents and sickness do happen, and if they occur when you’re away, you want to make sure your pet is given the best care possible. For this to happen you need to ensure you leave a contact number that the kennel can reach you on at any time, with an alternative contact in case you can’t be reached. Ensure you have outlined your wishes for any required emergency veterinary care in your absence. This will ensure that in the case of an emergency, your pet can receive prompt treatment and care if required.
You deserve a carefree holiday. It is essential then to ensure peace of mind that you’re leaving your beloved furry family member in the best of hands. Do your research, make your wishes known in case of an emergency and ensure you can be contacted if required. After all, this is your fur-child and we want their holiday away from you to be as happy and stress-free as yours. Thorough research and planning is worth the time and effort. This ensures a pleasant stay. Know that when you go to pick them up, nothing will chase away your post-holiday blues quite like seeing your best friend wagging their tail happy to see you home safe after your holiday.