When making travel plans pet owners need to consider what to do with their dogs while they're away. Here, our Powder Springs Vets discuss boarding options and questions to consider when choosing a boarding facility.
As a pet parent, you understand that your dog is a member of your family. So, when it comes to leaving your dog in the care of another person, you will want to ensure that they’re trustworthy and that they will take care of your precious dog.
Dog Sitting in Your Home
One of the easiest options is to have a friend, neighbor, or family member care for the dog in your own home while you’re gone. Dogs are most comfortable in their own environments. Having someone that you know and trust come by for regular feedings, walks and play times is a good option. Alternatively, they could stay in your home and take care of your dog if you are away for a long period of time.
There are professional pet sitting services that offer home visits. Do your research before you decide on whom to hire. The best way to start your search for a trustworthy pet sitter is by going through referrals and reading reviews online from other dog owners. You will also want to confirm if they are insured and if they have passed certifications for pet handling and first aid.
Regardless of who you pick you will also want to provide them with any information they may need about your dog including feeding times, regular routines, and what to do in case of an emergency.
Private In-home Pet Boarding
Another alternative is private in-home boarding where you bring your dog to a dog sitter’s home before leaving on vacation. This provides more one-on-one attention for your dog. It can also be a more affordable option, with the added security of not giving out your house keys.
If you have a friend or family member that is a responsible pet owner they may be able to welcome your pet into their home while you are away. There are also professional pet-sitting services that provide in-home boarding, remember to do your research first.
A common option for pet parents is placing dogs in boarding kennels while you’re away.
Boarding Kennels can fill up quickly during peak travel dates so you will want to call ahead and make arrangements for the dates you will be traveling. You will also want to confirm that the kennel has a Pet Care Services Association (PCSA) certification and that the caretakers are licensed.
Boarding at the Vets
If your dog has special medical needs, or if you prefer to have trained veterinary professionals caring for your pet, boarding at your veterinary office or local animal hospital may be and option. The primary benefit of boarding through your vet’s office is that they know your dog's medical condition and there is already an established relationship between the veterinarian and your dog.
At Powder Springs Animal Clinic we provide boarding services for dogs. We treat your pets like family and provide them a home away from home.
How to Choose a Boarding Facility
The first step of the boarding process is asking the right questions and identifying what's most important for your dog, this information can help you decide on the best option. Start by researching the facility online and looking over their online reviews. Then you will want to contact the facility to ask questions. Before you call, prepare a list of questions, both general and specific to your dog’s needs.
Some general questions could include:
- What pet care background, certifications, education and expertise does the facility or individual have?
- What is the ratio of the dogs per staff?
- How often are the facilities cleaned?
- What is their screening process for identifying pets with behavioral issues?
- How many animals do they put in a playgroup?
- How much playtime and exercise will they get?
- How are animals grouped together? (by size, age, temperament, etc.)
If you can, take a tour of a dog boarding facility that you’re considering. While visiting make careful observations to determine if this is the appropriate boarding service for your dog.