What to look for when selecting a kennel?

country air smiles - CopyLeaving 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?


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