Things To Consider When Boarding A Pet

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Things To Consider When Boarding A Pet

Are you considering boarding your pet for a short time? If you need to take a trip and will be away for more than a day then boarding your pet may be your only option. Should you find yourself in this position you want to make sure that your pet will be safe and well looked after.

Here are some things you may want to contemplate before boarding your precious furry companion.

  • The cleanliness and transparency of the facilities.
  • The experience and credentials of the staff and facility.
  • What are the vaccination requirements for that facility?
  • What type of care and attention will my pet receive under the care of the facility?
  • Is veterinary care available for emergencies?

Cleanliness and Transparency of Facilities

Call and schedule a tour of any location you are considering for boarding your pet. You need to know how the facility looks. Check to see if the pet facilities are clean and well maintained. You will also want to know the availability of the staff while your pet is being boarded such as knowing if someone is there overnight. Transparency of the facility means they make you completely aware of the policies and procedures of the facility.

Experiences and Credentials of Staff and Facility

You want the facility and its staff to have proper permits, licenses, insurance and any other legal requirements. Ask the staff questions about their experience as a boarder. For example you could ask how long they have been involved with animal care.? Knowing your pet is in a facility that has the proper credentials and trained staff will help put your mind at ease.

What Are the Vaccination Requirements Of Your Facility?

There are common diseases that can easily spread through a boarding facility. You will need to know what preventative vaccinations your pet is required to have in order to be boarded. The rabies vaccination is required by law. Other vaccinations or treatments that may be beneficial are ones that stop the spread of diseases to other animals being boarded; such as kennel cough and parvo. It’s a good idea to be sure that your pet’s flea and tick protection are current. You want to do what you can to help protect the health of your pet while you are away.

What type of care and attention will my pet receive under the care of your facility?

It’s important to know what type of attention and care your pet will receive while being boarded. Will your pet be stuck inside a kennel? How many times a day will your pet have a chance to play or run. Will your pet be fed food you bring? It’s helpful if your pet will be able to remain on a similar schedule at the boarding facility that it does at home. Walking, feeding, and bathroom breaks, are all just as important to your pet at home as they are while being boarded.

Is Veterinary Care Available For Emergencies?

Last but certainly not least, ask if veterinary care is available for emergencies. We can make decisions and seek emergency care when we are with our pets, but what happens while you are away? Make sure the facility you are considering has access to a licensed veterinarian in the case of an emergency. Know what protocol will be taken if there is an emergency if you cannot be reached.

Please be sure to examine all of your options before boarding your pet. Do plenty of research before committing to any one boarding facility.


Brianna S July 21, 2019 - 11:08 pm

Great things to think about!! We usually have someone come stay at our house but this makes me want to try boarding.

Kristine Nicole Alessandra July 22, 2019 - 4:54 am

These are really things to consider and think about carefully before deciding to board your pet. We usually leave out dog with my sister when we go away for a weekend. I will bookmark this page for reference if and when we need to be away and my sister would not be available to look after our dog.

Terri Steffes July 22, 2019 - 7:12 am

This is a very timely post for us! We are selecting a boarding site when we go to Spain this fall thank you!!

Emman Damian July 22, 2019 - 8:08 am

The most important for me would be the cleanliness and transparency of the facilities. I think it will help with the overall health of the pet. Great tips!

Lavern Moore July 22, 2019 - 8:51 am

I’m glad I don’t have to worry about boarding because I don’t own pets. But my girlfriend does and she would find this so useful. I will forward!

Emily Fata July 22, 2019 - 9:24 am

Boarding your pet can be such a big decision, especially when (like my girl) your pet comes from an abusive past. These are great pointers for things I can look out for if I decide to board my Maggie for a short time. 🙂

Heather July 22, 2019 - 10:08 am

I’m so grateful that you posted this. We are taking an extended vacation very soon and were trying to figure out what to do with our puppy.

Rosey July 22, 2019 - 1:41 pm

We considered boarding our cat so we could take a road trip north to see my mom this summer (my sister couldn’t watch her). We opted out though, it’s hard to leave your pet behind with someone or a situation you don’t know. These are good tips for boarding a pet!

Ashley Rice July 22, 2019 - 1:49 pm

Very important things to think about when boarding. I always get so nervous leaving my fur-babies alone. This covered some great topics to talk about with my husband!

Ronnie July 22, 2019 - 3:18 pm

It’s soo important to go there in person and also to read online reviews. Our pups need to be protected and well taken care of!


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