Leaving your dog is never easy, but you can have greater peace of mind knowing they are in the capable hands of a safe, reputable boarding facility. No two facilities are exactly the same, so it is a good idea to do some research and find one that is a good fit for your dog (or cat!). Here are a few things to look for when comparing your options:
1. Staff Experience and Training
Ask about the people who will be caring for your pet. What type of training or certifications do they have? What licenses or certifications does the boarding facility maintain? Is there a lot of turnover, or do they have a fairly consistent staff that has been there a long time and has gotten to know the pets they watch? You want to feel comfortable with the staff and their ability to provide compassionate, attentive care.
2. Required Immunizations
You want to choose a facility that requires dogs be vaccinated against some of the most common diseases such as Bordetella, distemper, rabies, parvovirus, and even fleas and ticks. This is in the best interest of your pet to protect their well-being and keep them as healthy as possible during their stay.
See if you are allowed to visit the facility before boarding your pet. If you cannot, see if there are pictures online. Will your dog or cat have adequate space to stand, turn, walk, and sleep in their kennel? Does it appear (and smell) clean and well-maintained? Find out what supplies you should bring such as food, treats, toys, or bedding.
Does the facility have indoor and outdoor play space so that your dog can run, exercise, and socialize with other animals? How often do they get to play versus having quiet time in their own space? Do they get any one-on-one attention from staff? You want to make sure your dog will have adequate stimulation so they don’t become bored and can burn off some energy. Also check to ensure that the drop-off and pick-up times align with your plans.
5. Emergency Care
What procedures are in place if there is an emergency, either with your pet or at the facility? Is there an emergency vet nearby? What type of medical training does the staff have? If you have a pet that has special needs such as taking prescription medication or needing other treatment, is the facility able to accommodate them? They may decide on a case-by-case basis depending on the situation.
Choose a facility that you feel comfortable with and that has received positive reviews or recommendations from others. Make sure that they are able to answer all of your questions, and that you are satisfied with the responses. Finding a boarding facility that you trust and where your dog or cat enjoys going can make planning for work trips and vacations a lot easier. If you’re looking for a home away from home for your pet, contact Lake Wylie Pet Resort to learn more about what we have to offer.