If you are boarding your pet this holiday season, there are a few things that you need to do to ensure that your pet has a great holiday boarding experience.
Check Up on Your Dog's Vaccinations
The first thing you need to do is meet with your dog's veterinarian to make sure that your dog's vaccinations are up to schedule. There are many different vaccinations that need follow-up booster shots, such as distemper and rabies. Additionally, you need to make sure that your dog has the Bordetella shot, which is designed to prevent kennel cough.
You also need to get a copy of your dog's vaccinations as well. Most kennels require you to provide a current copy of your dog's vaccinations, as they have an obligation to protect all the pets in their care.
Get Caught Up on the Paperwork
Next, the kennel is going to have paperwork for you to fill out. You want to fill this paperwork out before you drop your dog off for their boarding period. Your kennel will want to know the name and number of your veterinarian in case your dog has a medical emergency. They will also want to have some local emergency contact information for someone local when you are on vacation, as well as your contact information for wherever you are going on vacation to.
Remember to Pack the Necessary Items for Your Dog
Next, you need to remember that in addition to packing for your trip, you need to make sure that you also pack stuff for your dog's boarding experience.
First, you are going to want to pack up your dog's food and feeding bowls. You want your dog to keep eating the same food on the same feeding schedule, if possible, while they are at the kennel. Write up your dog's feeding schedule and information for the kennel.
Second, you are going to want to pack up some familiar items for your dog. This will make them more comfortable at the kennel. For example, you could pack your dog's bed or their favorite blanket, and perhaps a few toys as well. This will make your dog feel more comfortable while they are at the kennel. Just check and make sure that it is okay with the kennel for you to bring these items.
In order to get your dog ready for their holiday boarding experience, you need to make sure your dog's vaccinations are up to date, you need to get caught up on the paperwork, and you need to remember to pack the necessary items, such as dog food and some comfort items for your dog. Contact local pet services to learn more about their boarding options.