It can be stressful to prepare for a vacation. You have work to do, bags to pack, neighbors to contact, and petunias that are thirsty to think about. What is one thing that you shouldn’t forget? Researching the boarding facility for your pet is important. We asked the experts to share some red flags that may indicate you need to book Fluffy somewhere else.
Cats rarely reply to texts, while your dog cannot call and report problems. It’s therefore important that you personally visit the facility. The staff at the International Boarding and Pet Services Association, which offers education and certification, should be happy to show you the area where your pet is kept. If they don’t want to give you a tour, regardless of how good their reviews are, I would not leave my dog there.
Accidents happen. You shouldn’t smell bad when you arrive at the kennel. Rustenbeck says that there’s absolutely no reason for a facility to smell. She recommends that even if the facility seems sanitary to you, ask what cleaning products they use.
No Vaccination Paperwork
A reputable kennel may ask for documentation of your pet’s history. Your pet could contract a serious illness if you don’t.
Lax Emergency Plans
Staff at the kennel should have a plan for an emergency that is both location and species specific. They should be able to tell you how they will evacuate cockatoos or Chihuahuas if the kennel happens to be in an area prone to flooding. Ask about the availability of staff around the clock. Rustenbeck warns that many people believe that there is always someone on site 24 hours a day. This may not be the case. If there isn’t a person on site 24 hours a day, it is important to understand what will happen if an emergency occurs at the facility.
Check to see whether your kennel has invested in additional training, even though the industry as a whole is not regulated. Laaman says that everyone who works at a pet-care facility should have pet care training, even the receptionist. They’re going to the office every day and taking on an enormous responsibility.
While it is important for your dog to have plenty of chances to socialize and play while in a boarding center, everyone’s safety should also be emphasized. Rustenbeck says that playgroups are divided based on size and temperament. Sometimes we forget all dogs are unique. You don’t put a 75-pound dog with larger ones. He may be large, but is probably not as playful.
Inadequate Outdoor Areas
It’s not enough to have access outdoors. Make sure that the space is well-kept, dogs are given access to water and shade, and there’s a double fence to keep them in. Pet parents must also do their part. Rustenbeck advises that, “if your dog is an athlete, you should let them know, regardless of how high the fence may be.”
No Report Card
You should be expecting to learn about your dog’s experience when it comes time to leave. After all, your pooch can’t tell you everything on the way home. Laaman says that they must at least be able verbally report on how their pet did. They should also provide some details, such as who their friend was and how their walk went.