Boarding Your Four-Legged Family Member
Boarding your four-legged family member can sometimes create more logistical issues than the rest of your trip. Thanks to Paula Lind, MAEd, CVT, Veterinary Technology Program Chair at Argosy University, Twin Cities, for her tips on what questions to ask and answer before you choose the right kennel for your pet.
• Know Before You Go. Make sure that you know who will be caring for your pet and how they will be doing so. From potty break basics and vaccination requirements to after hours care and facility safety, it’s important to know and be comfortable with the facility before you board your pet.
• Examine the Facility. Ask to tour the facility before you board your pet. Examine the size and condition of kennels and floors. Beyond these basics, things like music to calm pets, pheromone diffusers, visual barriers that keep pets from seeing each other and lights on timers can have a big impact on your pet’s stay.
• Reasonable Costs. Fees for boarding your pet can vary. In addition to basic charges for where they’ll be bunking for the duration, facilities can charge an additional amount for social and play time with other animals. Additional charges can be incurred if your pet needs medications.
• Warning Signs. While boarding facilities can vary in terms of how they handle and board animals, you should never tolerate things like hidden fees, use of bark collars on dogs, or physical punishment of animals in any form for any reason.
• Picking up your pet. When you pick up your pet from their boarding stay, be sure to check them for any signs of fear or anxiety. Look at their cleanliness and note any unpleasant odor or hair loss, especially around the face and muzzle. Also look for any injuries and limping in your pet.