If you need to go away for any amount of time then you will likely need to consider who will look after your beloved companions. Our vets offer some tips on preparing for a stress-free dog and cat boarding experience in Snellville.
So you're going away, what now?
When looking for boarding kennels for your dog, it's critical to consider the needs of both you and your dog. This is because when it comes to leaving your dog at home or a boarding facility, there are more options than ever before.
If you're looking for a boarding kennel for your dog, you should know what questions to ask and what to look for. A smart place to start is to ask your veterinarian, groomer, dog-owning friends, or neighbors for recommendations on boarders, dog sitters, or cat or dog daycare facilities.
What shots do dogs need for boarding in Snellville?
If you are looking to board your dog while you take a vacation, you need to do a little bit of planning to ensure that all requirements are met. All reputable boarding facilities require your dog to be vaccinated against Bordetella, but many will require that your dog is up-to-date on all shots including rabies and DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus).
Every kennel and boarding facility is different so it's important that once you've selected the right facility for your pup, you speak to the staff about their specific requirements. If you would like to board your dog at Snellville Animal Hospital we require your dog to be up-to-date with all vaccinations and free of fleas and ticks.
Do you need to wait to board your dog or cat after vaccinations?
Thankfully, the Bordetella vaccine is good for 6 months, and rabies and DHPP are both effective for 1-3 years depending on the type given, which means that if you keep your dog's shots up-to-date, you shouldn't have many worries.
If you've missed a booster shot along the way, it's okay! We just ask that you get your dog their vaccinations at least 2 weeks before they need to be boarded.
Are vaccinations a requirement for dog and cat boarding?
Most boarding facilities require proof of up-to-date vaccinations before they allow you to leave your dog. If you cannot provide that information, sometimes veterinary facilities who offer boarding can give your dog their shots on the day of drop off but this is not ideal. Vaccinations take time to work their magic and become effective so your dog will not be fully protected from the contagious diseases that can run rampant when dogs are nearby.
If your dog is not vaccinated, they will likely be turned away from the boarding facility, but if they are not, you run the risk of exposing your dog to many contagious and often deadly diseases that require expensive veterinary intervention to cure.
How to prepare for pet boarding in Snellville?
The following are helpful tips from our vets regarding what you can do to make your experience boarding your dog as easy as possible.
Review & Ensure You Understand The Rules
Before boarding your dog at a new facility be sure to speak to staff about their rules, regulations, and what they offer. For example, what type of food do they feed the dogs, what items can you bring from home (toys, blankets, etc.), what are their emergency procedures, or they can administer your dog's medicine?
Asking about the policies, procedures, and services the facilities offer can help you determine the best home away from home for your dog.
Take Some Time to Visit the Boarding Facility
Kennels that house a lot of pets can get messy quickly. While a boarding facility can't be kept fully sterile, a high-quality boarding facility will still look and smell clean. So, before booking your dog's stay visit the kennel and make sure it's kept organized and clean.
Don't Get Emotional During Your Goodbyes
Dogs are experts at reading the emotions of their pet parents. Your pooch will be able to tell if you are stressed, overcompensating, or saying goodbye. Your dog's mood and behavior will reflect this, making it harder for them to relax once you leave. To make the separation easier keep things simple, short, and positive.
Know That Your Dog May Behave Differently Once Home
It's important to understand that during the first few days after your dog comes home from the kennel, they may behave a little differently. Your pup might be clingy, lethargic, or have diarrhea. They may even eat or drink more than usual. However, this is a normal response to your dog's excitement for coming home. But, if things don't settle down after a few days, contact your vet.
Always Go With Your Instincts
We believe that trusting your instincts is a great first step when choosing a kennel for your dog. If you don't feel comfortable with a place, look for another. If they have a policy you don't like, look around at different kennels until you find one that you can trust completely.
Boarding Your Dog at Snellville Animal Hospital
We offer high-quality overnight boarding services for dogs and cats in Snellville.
We can provide your animal companion with a welcoming and comfortable home away from home while you are away. Some of the services we offer include medical boarding, kennels that meet the unique needs of individual dogs and cats, playtime with staff, daily walks, and more!
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition or boarding needs, please make an appointment with your vet.