Pet Boarding 101: What To Know

You’re going on vacation across the country for a week, but what happens to your pet? Pet boarding saves time and money, is a great way to make sure your pet stays safe and healthy while you are out of town, and even gives them the opportunity to interact with other pets. Employees will make sure your pet is well taken care of while you are away. Here are a few common questions most pet owners have when it comes to pet boarding.

What Do I Need To Board My Pet?

When first boarding your pet, you will need to provide the boarding facility with information to assure that your furry friend will be taken care of while you are away. Some common information that pet boarding facilities may need are: Dog in bag with its head sticking out

  • Pet information – name, breed, age, color, markings, etc.
  • Pet health record – allergies, medical problems, restrictions, flea/tick preventative, date of last check-up, vaccine dates (rabies, DHPPV, parvo, Bordetella)
  • Feeding Instructions – particular foods to avoid, feeding times, treats, quantity of food
  • Walks – special instructions to avoid pulling / choking
  • Playtime – Are there toys your pet enjoys playing with? What about games your pet enjoys?
  • Personality – Does your pet get along with other pets? Has your pet ever showed aggression towards other pets or people? Has your pet ever bitten anyone or been bitten? Is your pet house trained or litter box trained?

What Does My Pet Need?

Food – Some pets may need specific food that the pet boarding kennel may not have. If you are sending your pets food in with them, make sure it is packed in appropriate portions. Any specific instructions should be written down when you drop off your pet to ensure the proper care.

Toys – Are there specific toys that your pet can’t live without? Pack them up and send them with your pet! Pets will have plenty of space to run around and play during their stay.

Medications – Any medications that your pet may need while you are away should be given to the workers when you decide to board your pet. Directions on how to administer the medication should be clearly outlined, including time the medication should be taken and the dosage amount. Be sure to let the workers know any tips or tricks that may help them when administering medications, such as using peanut butter or treats.

Why Should I Board My Pet?

Boarding your pet while you are away ensures the best possible care for your pet. Your pet will receive the love and attention they need from the workers and will have the opportunity to to interact with other pets, which is something they may not have access to everyday. Pet boarding is a great substitute for pet sitting, as your pet will have a more consistent schedule and not be as lonely.

Two dogs next to each other with toy rope on the floor

How Do I Choose a Boarding Facility?

Choosing the correct boarding facility for your pet is important to make sure they are safe and enjoy their stay, keeping it stress-free for you. When it comes to choosing a pet boarding facility, make sure to take a tour so you can see the ins and outs of the facility, and make sure it is the right one for your pet. Check out online reviews and talk to friends and family who have previously boarded their pet in the past for recommendations. You will know the pet boarding facility is right for you when you see it in person.

Overnight Boarding With Paws Play

For more information on how our dog boarding services can help you find a fun and comfortable place for your pet, visit our website today! Or you can contact us at (216) 284-1712 with any questions!

Contact Us to Learn More