Visit the facility before their stay
A pre-visit to the boarding facility can work wonders in calming your nerves. It provides an opportunity to meet the staff, ask questions, and personally assess the premises for cleanliness and safety. Take this chance to inquire about your pet’s daily routine, including their meals, sleeping arrangements, and exercise. Some facilities may offer a “daycare” or a one-night boarding option, which can help your pet get familiar with the environment and staff before their official stay.
Schedule a vet check-up
Before boarding, it’s crucial your pet has a check-up with your vet. This visit should take place two to three weeks before the boarding date to ensure your pet is in good health, up-to-date on vaccinations, protected from parasites, and carrying any necessary medications.
Be sure to inquire about the vaccinations required by the boarding facility. Generally, dogs must be vaccinated against parvovirus, distemper virus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and tracheobronchitis (commonly known as “kennel cough”). Cats should be vaccinated against feline enteritis and feline respiratory syndrome (commonly known as “cat flu”). Additional vaccines like chlamydophila and leukemia might also be advised by your vet. Remember to bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination certificate when you drop them off at the boarding facility.