There are very few things that can stress a pet parent out more than having to board your pet for the first time. Maybe you’re going on a holiday or a business trip, or you have a family or medical matter that needs to be settled. Wherever you go that you can’t take your animal along, you most likely want to make sure that your pet gets the best care while you are away. Boarding your pet is a great way to keep them safe, but it can certainly still be a huge source of worry. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind so you can make this part of your travel plans as stress-free as possible for both you and your furry friend.
1. Make Sure it’s a Kennel You Trust
This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes it can be hard to tell whether a kennel is trustworthy or not. If you have doubts, or even if you don’t, visit your kennel before deciding to leave your pet there. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s important to make sure that your kennel cares about your animal’s safety just as much as you do.
2. Register Ahead of Time
Life can sometimes be unpredictable, so if you want to make sure that your kennel has a place for your pet, you should register ahead of time. Particularly during the holidays, making an appointment a few weeks ahead can save you a lot of stress and scrambling later.
3. Bring Medical Records and Instructions
See to it that your kennel has everything it needs to know about your pet before you go, and that they are equipped to deal with any medical issues. Leave your kennel with medications your pet might need, as well as copies of medical and vaccination records. All pets have their own individual needs that can’t be ignored, even when you aren’t there to take care of them.
4. Bring Stuff Your Pet Likes
Being away from home can be nerve-wracking for some pets. If you plan on leaving your animal at a kennel for any length of time, leave them with things they like, such as their favorite food, blanket, or toy. Having something familiar with them might help them feel less lonely while their favorite human is away.
Many pet owners would probably take their furry babies with them everywhere they go, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. While it always hurts a little to leave your pets behind, you can use these boarding tips to help keep them safe and sound, even from far away.