Preparing your Dog for the Kennel

Whilst we wish we could take our dogs everywhere with us, there are times when we just need someone else to look after our dog. Whilst boarding your dog may not seem like the nicest way to put it, today, many boarding facilities offer our pets luxuries. To help make your dog's stay more pleasant, here are some tips on prepping for the kennel...

Making your kennel reservations early

There are often a lot more dogs in an area than there is kennel space, so don't wait until the last minute to start calling dog boarding facilities, especially during the holiday periods. Planning ahead also means you can visit and compare different facilities in person.

Space to roam facilities

Also known as "free to roam facilities" are popular because they give dogs the freedom to run around, exercise and interact with other fogs. Some dog boarding facilities may also offer large runs, at the end of the day, runs still restrict your pet's ability to move and mingle with other dogs.

Keep vaccines up-to-date

Make sure that all of your dogs's vaccinations are up to date, as most dog boarding facilities will require them to be. Vaccinations are especially important when it comes to Rabies and similar issues.

Use flea and tick preventives

If you haven't already done so, start your dog on a regimen of flea and tick preventatives before checking him or her into the kennels. It may not always seem like it, but fleas and ticks can be a problem year round, especially when you have so many dogs in proximity. You can seek advice from Vets regarding any treatments or medications which can product your pet against both fleas and ticks. Some of these treatments can be taken in a single dose and last for up to 12 weeks.

Pack dog food and emergency contact information

Sometimes, an abrupt change in diet, that may happen once putting your dog in kennels, can upset your pet and even cause colitis, an inflammation of the colon and rectum, so why not take your own dog food. Prepare portions of your dog's food in small bags or containers and label it with the appropriate serving size. It's also an idea to give the boarding facility contact information for your veterinarian, yourself and perhaps even a friend or family member that will be in the area during your dog's stay in case an emergency should occur.

Post-kennel care

Thoroughly bathe and inspect your dog once he or she returns from the dog boarding facility. You'll want to look out for signs of flea/tick bites or fighting injuries. Most kennels will have a Vet to treat any injuries, but a scuffle is something that cannot be ruled out. It's a hazard but it tends to happen.

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