Create a dog-boarding checklist, to avoid last-minute hassles and worries about your pet’s health.
The Before Boarding Checklist
Take these precautions before you board your pup:
- Update vaccinations. Make sure all vaccinations are current at least a week to 10 days before boarding your dog. Dogs occasionally show symptoms of canine cough or bordetella from the vaccine, and we won’t be able to tell the difference between shot-related symptoms and the real illness.
- Check requirements. Our vaccination requirements are: Rabies, bordetella and distemper. We prefer that your vet fax proof of the vaccinations prior to your dogs arrival, however, you may bring proof with you when you arrive.
- Visit your veterinarian. We don’t require a vet’s clearance, however, it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup for your dog within 30 days of its stay, especially if your dog has chronic ailments or is elderly.
- Double-check medication supplies. Ensure medication supplies are adequate for the stay and bring the prescription in its original container. It’s extremely important that if for any reason your dog has a reaction, or another dog ingests the medication, the staff knows exactly what the prescription is as well as the dosage amount.
- Keep up with flea prevention. We will require you to treat your dog with a monthly flea preventive. Schedule an application just before your dog checks in to the kennel.
Share the Right Information
Your dog is more likely to enjoy a safe, healthy stay if you also keep us well informed. Let us know the following:
- If your dog is prone to anxiety, aggression or other issues, let us know well in advance. Booking early can ensure that your dog receives the right boarding space.
- Share your emergency contact number, along with a local number for someone not traveling with you. Provide contact information for your pet’s veterinarian.
- Provide a list of your dog’s potential allergens along with its other known health information.
- Your dog If your dog hasn’t boarded in a while, we recommend a day or so of doggie day care. Introducing your pup to our facility will ease stresses during the actual boarding stay.
Following this checklist may seem like a daunting task. But keep in mind why you’re taking these steps: “It’s about the safety, health and well being of your dog.