It is not always possible to leave pets with family or friends when we go on holiday. However, we don't want to go away without being absolutely certain that our furry friends are going to be well cared for in our absence.
This is where a boarding kennel can be a good solution. The sound of a kennel does not always sound appealing to some owners, but if we can be sure of choosing the right one, your pet will feel like they have had a fun holiday all of their own!
How to find the right boarding kennel
Make sure that your pets are up to date with any vaccinations and worming, as this will help to protect them from any germs that other pets may have. A good kennel will ask for proof that your pet has had all of the appropriate treatment.
Be sure to leave clear care instructions with the owner of the kennel. They should ask you about any illness, injuries, special dietary requirements and regular medication that your pet may need. Also check with your local vet to see if you can add the kennels details to your pets microchip, just in case they escape and you are unavailable to come back quickly enough.
Leave the pet boarding facility with a couple of contact numbers for you and a local family member, along with your preferred vets details should they require any medical attention.
As pet owners we know when something is right for our extended family member. If you feel that your dog, cat or small animal will be very unhappy and stressed to the point of exhaustion, you may need to consider alternative arrangements, such as a pet sitter who can stay in the familiar surroundings of home.