Posted on: 25 September 2015Share
You've inspected various kennels. You've picked out the right pet boarding service for your dog. But that's not the end of preparing for boarding your dog. Don't leave it until the last minute; put together a plan for your dog's boarding right away to ensure you have enough time to get everything done that needs to get done.
Check Your Dog's Vaccination History
Your first time-sensitive issue is checking to make sure your dog's vaccinations are up-to-date, and it's time-sensitive because you may need to make an appointment with your veterinarian if they aren't. And since it can take a little time for some vaccines to become active, many kennels require that the vaccinations be given a few days before your dog is scheduled to board.
The exact vaccinations your dog needs vary from kennel to kennel. Most kennels require vaccinations for rabies, bordetella, and DPP (distemper, parvovirus and parainfluenza). However, you'll need to check with your kennel for their exact vaccine requirements as well as whether they want the dates of administration only or also their expiration dates.
If your dog is missing a required vaccine, you should also be sure to tell your vet why you need it. Sometimes, it may be the case that your dog hasn't had a certain vaccine because the veterinarian has determined they no longer need it, which is often the case with older dogs. If this is the case, a letter from your veterinarian explaining this may be enough for the kennel to waive that requirement.
Don't Delay Booking The Kennel
It might go without saying, but don't procrastinate when it comes to actually booking your dog's stay. Good kennels may be booked far in advance depending on demand, so it's always better to err on the side of safety and set up your reservation as soon as possible.
Put Together Your Items In Advance
Dogs are astute at picking up on their owner's emotions. If you're already excited or nervous about your trip and your dog notices you going around and gathering up their things, they're likely to get even more stressed and keyed-up. For this reason, it's a good idea to put together the items you'll bring with your dog gradually and in advance.
Usually, this includes food, medications, a favorite toy or two, and any special bedding. Of course, packing in advance isn't possible for all items, but the less you need to do on the day you leave, the better.