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Before considering whether to board your pet, please check their vaccination records to make sure they have been vaccinated, including the vaccination for kennel cough, within the past 12 months. If you are not sure about your pet's vaccinations, please call your veterinary clinic where there will be records of which vaccinations they have been given. If your pet is due for a booster vaccination make sure this is done well ahead of the boarding period. It is a good idea to contact the boarding facility to check their individual policy as to how soon before boarding a vaccination can be administered.
When choosing a boarding facility, there are a number of questions you should consider, including:
- How big are individual kennels?
- Is there any natural light?
- Will your pet have access to a run during the day?
- How many kennels are there in the complex? Fewer kennels may mean a quieter, calmer stay.
- Do the kennels smell bad? If so, this can indicate poor hygiene or ventilation problems.
- Are the owners and staff welcoming, friendly and polite?
- Do they require proof of vaccination? Vaccination is a legal requirement to help prevent the spread of disease.
- Are there signs of overbooking or overcrowding?
- Do they provide food or can you provide your own pet’s specific diet?
- Can they medicate dogs if required?
- Which veterinarian do they use in an emergency?
An ideal boarding facility for your pet has a relaxed, calm atmosphere, created by having fewer kennels/animals, a design that minimises stress and allows maintenance of a high standard of hygiene. It is always best to visit the kennel before making a booking to ensure you are happy with the kennels and general environment.
You will need to inform the boarding facility of any health problems your pet may have had or be prone to. If medication is to be administered, you should let them know at the time of making the booking. Write down the dose, frequency and name of medication. If on long term medication, ensure you provide extra just in case. Please provide the boarding facility with our details in the event that your pet needs veterinary attention in your absence.
Please call your veterinarian to determine if your pet is up to date with the required vaccinations, and to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about boarding your pet.