Tips For Boarding Your Dog

Are you going to be leaving town soon? If so, you may be planning to board your dog. Fido is very loyal and faithful, but, unfortunately, he can’t go everywhere with you. Read on as a Mondovi, WI vet discusses bringing your pooch to his doggy hotel.

Choose The Right Place

First and foremost, be sure to choose the right kennel. You definitely have to make sure your furry best friend is in good hands! Don’t be afraid to ask questions and/or look around. Any decent kennel will require copies of Fido’s registration and vaccinations. (Note: there is one exception here: if you’re boarding with your vet, they would already have that information.)

Confirm Schedules

Make sure you know when you can drop Fido off and pick him up. You don’t want to find out at the last minute that bringing him in on the way to the airport won’t work!

Pack Properly

Every kennel is a bit different when it comes to what you can and can’t bring. Some allow you to bring bedding and toys from home, while others prefer to use their own supplies. Find out what you should pack for Fido. If you’re packing food and/or medication, include a few days’ extra, just in case.

Avoid Long Goodbyes

We know, it’s hard to leave that furry face behind. Fido will probably look at you with his most theatrical please-don’t-leave-me look, which is bound to pull at your heartstrings. However, drawn-out goodbyes will only make things harder on both of you. Make drop-offs short and sweet.

Offer Clear Instructions

If you have special instructions, provide them clearly and in writing. If possible, offer printed directions. It may be tempting to tell the story about the time Fido ate your sister’s engagement ring, but stick to things the kennel staff really needs to know. For example, if your canine pal is terrified of thunderstorms, and will be boarding in summer, that would be something to note. Also, make sure you’ve provided current contact information, as well as a backup contact.

Trial Run

Before leaving on a long trip, bring Fido to his pet hotel for an overnight or weekend stay. This will help your furry buddy get used to his kennel, so he’ll feel more at ease next time.

Do you need to schedule boarding? Contact us, your Mondovi, WI vet clinic, today!

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