Whether your pet has been boarded before or not, each experience is unlike the other and your pet can react negatively to the change in their daily routine. By knowing how you can prepare your pet for boarding, you can make your pet more comfortable and provide yourself with a sense of ease knowing they are in a safe facility.
If your pet has never been to a boarding facility, try to have an overnight stay set up in advance. This is going to help your dog get a feel for the environment before they have to stay for a longer period of time. You will also know how the staff is going to care for your pet and get to know the facility better. Keep in mind that most pets will avoid food when they are put in a new environment, so after one day it’s normal for them not to eat much. This is normal and the animal will eat once they are more comfortable.
Avoid any routine that your pet is not going to be able to follow while being boarded. One example is if they typically sleep in your bed. They will have to sleep alone during their boarding stay, so get them used to sleeping alone well before you leave them at the facility. Avoid changing their food before you go away as well. Changing food can lead to a big change for the pet and can cause them to have an upset stomach. Ask the staff members if you are welcome to bring your own supply of food for your pet so that they don’t have to be fed a different type of food.
Have your pet up to date with vaccinations before the boarding. Many boarding facilities make this a requirement, and also ask that you deflea and worm them beforehand as well. This not only helps protect your pet’s hygiene but the other animals around will be comfortable around them as well.
Bring something that reminds your pet of you for the boarding stay. This could be a rug, toy, or special blanket that they are familiar with. Take note that there is always the chance that it could get chewed up, so ask the staff to keep it somewhere safe for your pet when they are outside playing or away from the object. Also bring with any medications your pet might require, along with some instructions for the staff.
Boarding a pet is stressful for the animal and the owner. By preparing beforehand for what to expect, your pet can feel safe and comfortable while you know that your pet is going to be fine for the duration of the stay.