5 Things to do before boarding your dog in a kennel

While we wish we could take our beloved furry four-legged friend everywhere, there are times when we have no choice but to board them in a kennel. Thankfully, boarding a dog is nothing like it used to be. Most dog boarding facilities offer not just a safe haven for your pet, but also a number of luxuries that you may have never dreamt of.

Listed below are a few things you must do while preparing your dog to be boarded in a kennel.

Interview: Call the kennels you have shortlisted and explore more about them. You may request for references and plan a trip to tour the kennel before you actually schedule the boarding.While touring the grounds, be sure to take notice of the facilities, the cleanliness of the place, the outdoor area used to walk the dogs, and also, if the pets at the Marin County-based dog boarding look happy and comfortable!

Feeding Instructions: If your dog has special needs, it will be beneficial if the Marin dog boarding kennel permit to bring your own food. You may also need to check if they are willing to administer any drugs or medication that your pet might need. Most often than not, when fed other treats and food, dogs develop gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea that can be easily avoided if you are allowed to carry your pet’s food.

Do a dry run: Consider doing a dry run, ahead of time by scheduling your dog to be boarded at the facility over a weekend. If your dog returns happy and seems to have done well on the sleepover, you may go ahead and book the facility for a longer period. But, if your pooch returns distressed, upset, or dirty then move on and look for another boarding facility.

Request for medical records: This is an important step you must complete before you board your dog at a kennel, irrespective of how long the stay might be. Request your vet for a pertinent medical record that you can share with the kennel. This record must contain a list of medications that your dog may be currently taking. The dosage of the medication must also, be listed on the report. You may include notes on any problems, diagnosed conditions, or aggressive behavior that your dog may exhibit on this piece of paper. This will help the staff take care of your dog better during your absence.

Provide contact information: In case of an emergency, ensure that you provide the kennel with your contact information and as well as the contact number of your vet’s clinic. You may also leave behind a credit card number and authorization.

With these simple tips, you can make your dog’s vacation just as safe and happy as yours. If you are on the lookout for a safe and happy home away from your dog home, contact Bridewell Hilltop – one of the best Marin based dog-boarding facilities in town. Call (415) 897-5471!

Bridewell Hilltop Boarding Kennels & Cattery is dedicated exclusively to the care of dogs, cats, and small animals other than reptiles. Bridewell specializes in dog boarding, cat boarding, pet grooming and more for the areas of Novato, San Rafael and Marin County.