For a pet who eagerly awaits your return home every day, it can feel daunting to face any time apart. It might make sense to hire a pet sitter or dog walker to tend to their needs while you’re gone, but what happens if your pet gets sick or injured?
One great alternative is pet boarding. At Kings Trail Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on eliminating any fear related to your pet’s stay. We can also provide treatment, if needed, and individualized care to guests with special needs. Keep reading to learn more about boarding your pet with us and how it can be even easier when approached the right way.
Preparation is Key
We recommend scheduling a tour of our facility. Seeing this part of the hospital in person can help you when making the decision to board your pet. Our enclosures are always clean, safe, and comfortable. Staff are able to answer any questions or concerns you might have about a typical day in our boarding area.
Ok, What’s Next?
Boarding your pet isn’t a difficult process, but when certain things aren’t considered, it can be unnecessarily stressful. First of all, your pet must be fully vaccinated prior to boarding. If your pet is already a patient at our hospital, we’ll have their medical records onsite. Otherwise, proof of vaccination is required, including:
- Canine parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, and bordetella
- Feline panleukopenia, herpesvirus, and calicivirus
We also require the completion of a boarding agreement form. This is where you indicate your expectations regarding meals, playtime, behaviors, medications, and add-on services like grooming. If any exams, diagnostics, or treatments are needed, you can also choose to authorize these on the form.
Boarding Your Pet
Depending on your pet, it may be worthwhile to introduce them to the concept of boarding before your departure. When given a stress-free, no-pressure chance to experience a new environment, some pets become more open and flexible to the space itself. Many pet owners find that entering the boarding facility with their pet makes it easier during the eventual drop-off.
Springing the idea of boarding on your pet the day that you leave can result in some pretty strong reactions, which can impact your ability to leave.
The best ways to mitigate a long, drawn-out goodbye include:
- Maintaining routine
- Providing lots of exercise before dropping them off
- Leaving them with a soothing keepsake (like a t-shirt with your scent)
- Giving them a treat or toy when you need to leave
Your pet can sense your emotions and react in kind. Remember, it’s better for everyone if you simply hand your pet over and leave as quickly as possible. We’re always happy to provide daily updates on their well being while you’re away.
Similarly, returning is always much better if you try to make it a non-event. Of course, you’re excited to see your pet, but they may need a couple days to decompress from the boarding experience.
Showing too much emotion can trigger a slew of unexpected behaviors, and it can make future boarding experiences more difficult.