Choosing a boarding facility for your pet

by | Nov 2, 2015 | Animals

If you and your family are going on vacation or otherwise going out of town and you have a pet, then you will be looking for a pet boarding facility. You will want your pet will be given the best of care; not only will your pet be happy, you will have peace of mind during your absence.

A pet is really dependent on its master to provide it with the care it needs, this is true even when you have no option but to be away from home. Many people will turn to friends, family members or neighbors to stand in for them but rarely do these people have the time or experience to look after your pet, this is especially true when the period of absence will be quite long. It is best that you leave your pet with people who are trained and have the necessary facilities to look after your pet properly.

When you choose a pet boarding facility that specializes in handling animals for a period of time your pet will be staying in a facility where he or she will be welcome. The animal will be under the direct supervision and monitoring of staff members who are trained to notice any health or behavioral problems. Not only that, your pet will be kept in a facility that has been designed to thwart even the most resourceful dog or cat “escape artist.”

How to find the right pet boarding facility:

There are multiple sources of information on boarding kennels in the area. In many cases your neighbor or friend will have boarded their pet at one time or another, ask for referrals. You can also inquire with your veterinarian, a dog trainer or the local animal shelter. Once you have a few possibilities make sure they are licensed and that the kennel meets or exceeds all mandated standards.

Make sure the facility can accommodate your pet on the dates of your absence and if your pet has any specific health or dietary needs, can they address these issues.

Once you have a short list, schedule a visit, there are a number of things that are important.

  • The kennel should be clean, well lit and well ventilated.
  • The staff must be caring and capable.
  • There must be adequate room for exercise and outdoor exercise areas should be protected from inclement weather.
  • Dogs and cats should be housed separate from one another.
  • Are veterinary services available if need be?

Before you head to the pet boarding kennel make sure that you are taking along any medications or special food that your pet needs and make sure that you leave your contact numbers as well as a local backup to contact in the event of any emergency.

If you are going out of town and you need a pet boarding facility you are invited to visit Yorba Regional Animal Hospital. Your pet will be housed in comfort in a facility that is staffed around the clock. You can also follow them on Google+.

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