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Getting Ready for a Stay at the Kennel

Getting Ready for a Stay at the Kennel

If you are traveling you might need to consider putting your pet into a kennel pet kennel tips while you are gone. But if you do that, there are things you need to do to make sure you and your pet are prepared.

  • Make sure to visit the kennel before staying there. Take a look around and see if it is clean, if the pets look relaxed and happy. Most importantly trust your instincts.
  • Check to make sure both the indoor and outdoor runs are clean and ventilated.
  • The kennel should not smell bad.
  • Make sure it is not too cold, or too hot, in the kennel. It should be temperature controlled.
  • Update your vaccinations. Most kennels won’t take your dog without a bordatella (aka. kennel cough), and you need to be updated 2 weeks prior to boarding.  Come into our daily walk-in shot clinic to update your vaccinations.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped in case they try, and succeed, at breaking out. Most kennels are break out proof but there is always the occasional dog that is a Harry Houdini of kennels. Better to be safe than lost.
  • Bring their favorite toy to help quell any anxiety.
  • Speak to the kennel about any health needs your pet may have.
  • Speak to your veterinarian about any boarding health concerns.