PetMeds Spotlight: Boarding your Dog

Today’s PetMeds Spotlight is on boarding your dog when going on vacation or any extended leave of absence. Obviously the first choice is to leave your pet with someone you know, but sometimes that can’t always be arranged. Today we are going to focus on a few tips that should help put your mind at ease.

The first thing you should always check is your budget, when planning any trip away, most people focus on the plane ticket and the hotel room and right before they leave, they remember that boarding the family pet has to be factored in.

Second, arrange for a walk through of the facility before you make a decision. If they don’t allow for a walk through, there might be something going on they don’t want you to see, which brings us to our next point.

Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right, then it probably wont feel right to your pet as well. There should be somewhere to exercise inside and outside in the facility, depending on the weather. It should be clean, and they should ask for your vet information, as well as make sure your pet has been vaccinated before accepting them.

Make sure you bring enough of your pet’s food to cover all they days in the kennel as well as any spilling accidents that might occur. If your pet suddenly changes diet in an unfamiliar area, it may cause them to have an upset tummy.

Make sure to label any toys or items you bring with your pet to make sure they are returned.

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