Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility for Your Doggo
Sometimes, you’ll go on a trip or have some kind of emergency and need to leave your dog with boarding. But how do you tell which facility is right for your furry bud?
First off, ask the staff how the dogs in their care usually spend their day. The canines should have enough opportunities burn off excessive energy. Ask them about the pets’ overnight routine as well.
Pick a place that offers stress-busting amenities, such as an open area where the pets can play with other pets. Even in the best facilities, dogs can still have difficulty coping with the new environment, especially within the first few days.
Ask them whether the pets will be supervised by trained personnel during group play. Doggos should never be left on their own to avoid accidents or confrontations that may result in injuries.
Cleanliness and Facility Size
Choosing a clean, disinfected facility is a must, if only to make sure that your doggo stays healthy and happy while you’re not around. This is one of the most important reasons to pick a place that is spacious enough to allow the free circulation of air. This will help control the spread of harmful microorganisms among the animals.
Choose a facility with 24-hour staffing. Even when they’re not in play, pets should never be left alone. There should always be someone available in the event of an emergency.
Make sure to choose a facility whose staff is well-trained and experienced in animal care. If they understand dogs and know how to take care of them, they will be able to respond to issues in the best manner.
If you have a very active and social dog, pick a facility that lets him meet people and other dogs, such as in parks or on the street. Talk to the staff about your dog’s personality, and if he tends to be the quiet type who doesn’t enjoy much company, make sure to mention that. Just because you won’t be around for a while doesn’t mean your pet should be miserable.
Overall Medical Emergency Preparedness
Ask the staff about general emergency preparedness, including the policies they follow in emergency situations. On top of that, you’d like to know which animal they usually take sick or injured pets to whenever necessary.
If your dog has any specific medical condition, ask what training their staff has in terms of administering medications and if they are familiar with that condition. Finally and very importantly, find out how they to respond to an emergency and if there is a veterinarian 24/7.