There’s a lot to remember when you’re going on a trip. But don’t forget your furbabies. The Pup Tent Boarding & Grooming (https://www.facebook. com/thepuptent) offers the following advice on boarding your animals.
- Leave valid emergency contact information with the kennel for someone who is not on the trip with you and knows what you would want if the animal has a medical problem. Don’t leave the kennel making decisions for you in this type of situation. They don’t know what you would want and may prolong a bad situation because they have no choice.
- Be up front with medical problems, both with the kennel and with the emergency contact.
- Always tour the facility before leaving your animals there. Ask your vet for references to kennels that their patients use regularly. During the tour, pay attention to animals’ conditions and the conditions of the kennel. Are the floors clean? Are the individual kennels well maintained? How often do they take the animals out for breaks?
- Keep animal on flea/tick medicine regularly. There are diseases that ticks carry that are dangerous to other animals and to humans. Think of safety and comfort for the animals and the kennel personnel.
- Anytime the animal is on medicine, place in daily trays and list the medicine for the kennel. The kennel needs to know what medicine the animal is taking, in case of an emergency.
- Be up front with clerks about your animal’s quirks, including any kind of aggression. Tell them if the animals need to be separated anytime, such as meal time.
- Bring bedding that is easily washable and will give your animal security.
- Clearly label all items with your name or your animal’s name.
- Check on food supply. For dogs, bringing your own food that your dog is used to eating is preferable. For cats, it’s a necessity. Cats require exactly the same diet and it is a good idea for dogs too. Don’t try to bring special food as a treat. Maintaining a regular diet will keep the animal’s stomach calm.
- Bring cat’s carrier to the kennel with the bedding, so the cat may have a secure place to stay if they are scared.
- Each kennel will have different rules and guidelines for animal care. Be sure to know when they will take animal out for breaks, when they will feed and what extra costs you may incur.
- Some kennels, like The Pup Tent, offer grooming too! Be sure to plan far enough ahead to schedule grooming, if desired.
- Bring a minimum of toys. Pup Tent asks for no more than two toys per animal.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to bring the animal to the kennel. Bring them at least 30 minutes prior to the kennel’s closing, so your furbaby has time to acclimate to the kennel before it closes.
These guidelines will help provide a successful and good time for your animals while you are gone. While the kennel is not home, it can be a home away from home.