How to Choose a Pet Boarding Facility for Your Dog
Every now and then, you may have to leave your dog with pet boarding, such as when you have to deal with an emergency or need to go out of town. But how do you choose the right facility for your buddy?
First, you’d like to know the daily routine of the dogs in your prospective facility. The canines must be given enough opportunities to expend their excess energy. Ask them about the pets’ overnight routine as well.
Choose a place that has stress-relieving amenities, such as a playground where dogs can interact with one another in play. No matter how great a facility is, dogs can still have difficulty coping with boarding, especially during the first few days.
Ask them whether the pets will be supervised by trained personnel during group play. Doggos should always be supervised while playing to avoid accidents or confrontations that can lead to injuries.
Cleanliness and Facility Size
Choosing a clean, disinfected facility is a must, if only to make sure that your doggo stays healthy and happy while you’re not around. This is one of the reasons you should choose a place that is reasonably spacious for air to circulate freely. This will help prevent the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.
Pick a facility that provides 24/7 care for the pets. Even when they’re not in play, pets should never be left alone. There should always be someone available in the event of an emergency.
Ask what training and background the staff has in terms of animal care. A good knowledge of dog behavior, care or even training will make them respond better to any potential issues.
If your dog is very active and friendly, you should choose a facility that lets him meet people and other dogs outside. Speak to the staff about your pet’s personality, and if he’s more comfortable alone or with fewer people around, tell them that too. Just because you’re away doesn’t mean your dog has to feel miserable.
Overall Medical Emergency Preparedness
Ask the staff about general emergency preparedness, including the policies they follow in emergency situations. On top of that, you’d like to know which animal they usually take sick or injured pets to whenever necessary.
If your dog has any specific medical condition, ask what training their staff has in terms of administering medications and if they are familiar with that condition. Finally and very importantly, ask them if they are equipped to deal with an emergency and if a veterinarian will be on board round the clock.