Leaving your pet in the care of others can be daunting. When you do go away, an option is to board your pet at a kennel. The key benefit of using a Kennel is you are leaving your pet with professionals and your pet will have interaction with other animals.
Here are a few tips to help you evaluate a boarding kennel. We strongly recommend you always arrange an inspection to see for yourself. Your instinct is your best asset to decide.
- Having shortlisted kennels can you find anyone to recommend it? Vets, Trainers, friends or family?
- Does the facility look and smell clean
- Is there sufficient ventilation and light?
- Does the staff seem knowledgeable and caring?
- Are pets required to be current on their vaccinations, including the vaccine for canine kennel cough (Bordetella)? (Such a requirement helps protect your animal and others.)
- Does each dog have his own adequately sized and a schedule for exercise?
- Are beds to allow dogs to rest off the concrete floor?
- Are cats housed away from dogs?
- How often are pets fed?
- Can the owner bring a pet’s special food?
- What veterinary services are available?
- Are the kennels and play areas free of hazards?