With 70% of pet owners surveyed considering their pets to be family members, there’s no doubt most of us want to share as much of our lives with our pets as possible. But, during the holidays, there are times when boarding your pet just makes sense. Most pets don’t relish a crowd, so days of parties, gatherings, or even travel out of town are reasons you might consider pet boarding.
There are things to consider beforehand, however. Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center shares the ins and outs of pet boarding best practices, here.
An Overnight at the Vet
There are many benefits to boarding your pet at our veterinary hospital. Of course, we know you and your pet from medical appointments, and our staff is familiar with your individual pet’s needs and personality. We can therefore support your pet’s happiness and health while you’re away.
As a veterinary medical hospital, we monitor your pet’s health and wellbeing closely while they are with us. This is a great service and a definite notch above a traditional boarding facility. And, for special needs patients, it can bring great peace of mind for you to know your pet will be well looked after by medically trained professionals while they are away from you.
Our facilities are always kept clean, hygienic, and comfortable for both cats and dogs; in fact, our cat boarders have their own space that’s far from smells and sounds of dogs. This helps keep them calmer, less stressed, and therefore healthier during their stay.
Pet Boarding Best Practices
To help you prepare, we have the following recommendations for pet boarding success.
- Make an appointment to tour the boarding facility and check references.
- Make your reservation ASAP.
- Schedule a wellness exam, and make sure your pet is up to date on vaccines and parasite prevention well before you wish to board her.
- Bring your pet for a visit a few times before drop off day. This can minimize your pet’s anxiety (and yours) by getting her familiar with the boarding facility.
- Think about anything you want your pet to have while boarding. We can arrange for a dental cleaning, grooming, or bath while you’re away.
- Trust your instincts. Look for friendliness, knowledge, cleanliness, professionalism, and comfort.
- Fill out the boarding form online before you drop off, and bring it with you.
- Think about emergency protocol, and what you would want to do if your pet experienced an emergency medical problem while you’re away. The more communication, the better.
- Feel free to contact us at any time with questions or for updates.
Pet Boarding Don’ts
- Don’t pack items from home, unless they are washable. Your pet’s large plush bed, for example, would be difficult to sanitize. However, a blanket or shirt with your scent on it can be very comforting.
- Don’t forget to pack your pet’s food, if they are on a special diet. Otherwise, we provide a nutritious veterinary diet to our pet boarders.
- Don’t add medications to your pet’s food. All medications should be in their original bottles or boxes. Don’t forget to check that there is enough medication for the duration of your pet’s stay.
- Don’t forget to exercise your pet before you bring her in for boarding drop off. This can greatly ease the drop off process and help her feel more relaxed on her first day with us.
The last “don’t”: please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our team is here for you!