As you have a legal responsibility to ensure your pet’s welfare, you need to make sure that you choose a reputable kennel and that they understand your pet’s needs as well as any special requirements.
If you’ve never put your pet into a boarding kennel, it may be a good idea to ask your vet to recommend one. A quick internet search is sure to bring up results, too, or you could try local pet shops or the Yellow Pages. However you find your kennel, you need to visit them with these questions in mind:
- Do they have a licence? Councils require kennels and catteries to have one.
- Do they have insurance, in case your pet requires emergency care?
- Are the facilities clean, dry, secure, draught-free and do they provide shade?
- Do the animals currently there look healthy, happy and clean?
- Will they exercise your pet, and allow it social contact (With people and/or other animals)?
- Do they make daily checks to ensure your pet is eating and toileting properly?
- Do they keep predator and prey animals separately (EG, cats not kept near mice)?
- Do they ask for proof of vaccination? You can get this from your vet.
- How many staff do they have per animal, to ensure a good standard of care?
- Do they make you feel welcome?
- Do they ask if your pet’s diet and health, and if they have any special needs?
It may also be a good idea to take your pet along to the cattery or kennels to help them get used to the people and surroundings, especially if they’re a little nervous.
When it comes to leaving your pet at the boarding centre, make sure that you are sure of the following points:
- The establishment will care for your pet properly.
- They have clear instructions on how to care for your pet.
- They have the name and number of your vet and, if possible, a contact number for yourself.
- Your pet’s flea and worming treatments are up-to-date.
If you have taken care of all of the above points, leaving your pet in kennels or a cattery is the stress-free way to ensure that they’re being looked after while you’re away. Next week we’ll be looking at hiring a professional pet sitter, which is ideal if going somewhere strange would stress your pet too much.If you have any other points to add to either list or perhaps you have experience with boarding your pets in the past? Whatever you think of today’s blog, be sure to leave us a comment or chat to us over on Facebook, Twitter or Google+!