How to prepare your dog for kennels
Every now and then a situation may arise where we have to leave our fur babies behind while we go away. There are various pet care options around, and it is important that you find the one that suits you and your pet best.
- Leaving your pet can be a stressful time for all involved, however, there are some steps you can consider to make you feel better about the situation.
- First things first. You need to make sure that your pet’s vaccinations and flea/worm treatments are all up to date. This will keep your pet safe from any nasty illnesses that could be picked up from other animals. We would also recommend making sure all microchip information is up to date.
- Think of your options. Kennels are not the only service around; there are also pet sitters, family and friends may be able to help and you can even book a doggy holiday! Check online for options in your area.
- Shop around. There are usually many kennels available in your local vicinity and each one will have a different vibe to suit individual needs. We would always recommend visiting the kennels you are considering, and meet the people that will be caring for you pet while you are away. Take a list of questions you may have, and make sure you are 100% happy with your decision. Once you are happy with your choice of boarding kennels, take your pet along to get a feel for the place. By taking your pet to see where they will be staying, they will get used to the sights, smells and sounds which can make that first time you leave them less daunting.
- Pets have luggage too, so make sure that you pack all the essentials that you pet will need while you are away. This can include regular medication, a comfort such as a toy or blanket, their prescription diet food (if they have one) and anything else that you think could make your dogs stay more comfortable.
- Make sure that the kennels have contact details of a family member or friend should they have any questions and cannot get in touch with you. We would also advise leaving your veterinary practice’s number should they have any questions about medication.
- You know your pet and their little ways, but the kennel staff won’t. Make sure you explain to the staff any behaviour traits, things that make them anxious/happy and how they socialise with other animals.
- Don’t make it a long goodbye! When leaving your dog, they will pick up on your upset & anxiety so a quick drop off will benefit everyone (plenty of time to get tearful in the car!).
- If it makes you feel better, keep in touch. The kennel staff will be more than happy to give you updates on how your pooch is doing, so give them a call.
Lastly, don’t feel guilty! We all need a break now and then and not all holidays allow us to take our pets. As long as you are happy with the care you have arranged, enjoy your holiday and look forward to the kisses and cuddles when you get back.