How to Pick the Right Dog Kennel for Your Pet - Angieslist
You’ve booked your flight and hotel for the family vacation, but what about the family pet?
An animal boarding kennel/facility can be a great option for vacationing pet owners or for consumers who need pet daycare.
Angie’s List tips for picking a pet boarding/daycare facility:
- Visit the facility: A reputable facility will ask that you bring your pet in to gauge how he/she reacts to the other pet. Use this time to get to know the staff and introduce your pet to the staff.
- Take a look: The facility should look and smell clean. Do employees regularly clean up? How is the facility set up? Is it safe for your pet? Are indoor/outdoor runs available? Is there enough space in the sleeping areas?
- Proper supervision: Ask how many pets the facility accommodates. Do they have enough staff to ensure proper supervision? Do they staff the area 24/7? Do they have a veterinarian on staff?
- License/certification: Check if your state requires boarding kennel inspections. If so, the facility should display this information.
- Are they a member? Ask whether the facility belongs to any trade associations that promote professional standards of pet care.
- Ask about rates: Some facilities have a checkout time. If you don’t pick up your pet by that time you could be charged an additional day. Are there additional fees for administering medication or taking extra walks?
- Vaccination requirements: A reputable facility will require all pets to be current on their vaccinations and ask for proof of that information.
- Schedule setup: Ask about the pet’s schedule. Most facilities have specific times set up for the pets to eat, play and sleep.
- Additional services: Some pet boarding facilities now offer grooming and training services. Others even have web cams on their website so you can watch your pet from a computer.
Angie’s List Tips for Preparing Your Pet for Boarding:
- Book early: Make your pet’s reservation as early as possible; especially during holidays when many kennels tend to fill quickly.
- Test run: Give your pet a trial run at a boarding facility for a short trip, like a weekend. That allows you to work out any problems before boarding your pet for an extended period should you go out of town on vacation.
- Be prepared: Be sure to provide the facility with your pet’s food and medications, if needed. They should also have your vet’s information and a couple of phone numbers where they can reach you in case of an emergency.
- Consider other options: If your pet has an aggression problem, a boarding facility may not be the best idea. Another option would be to consider hiring a pet sitter to come to your home.