“They insist that Stella be vaccinated for bordatella [an infectious bacterial illness] and rabies,” says Cook. “I also take her food along so she doesn’t get an upset stomach due to new food.”
If you too will be boarding your dog during the holidays, now is the time to plan for your pet’s healthy, happy stay. Create a dog-boarding checklist, to avoid last-minute hassles and worries about your pet’s health.
The Before-boarding Checklist
Take these precautions before you board your pup:
Questions to Ask
Steer clear of boarding facilities that don’t offer direct, fully explained answers to all your questions. Here’s what to know:
Share the Right Information
Your dog is more likely to enjoy a safe, healthy stay if you also keep the boarding facility well informed. Let the kennel know the following:
As you’re shopping, packing and otherwise planning for your own holiday trip, following this checklist may seem like a daunting task. But keep in mind why you’re taking these steps: “It’s about the safety and health of your dog,” says Boyer.
Kim Boatman is a journalist based in Northern California. She is also the managing editor of ExceptionalCanine.com. Boatman's work has appeared in The Miami Herald, the Detroit Free Press and the San Jose Mercury News. She is a lifelong lover of animals, and a frequent contributor to The Dog Daily.
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