Dog Boarding: What To Look For When Boarding Your Dog

Finding the right place to leave your pup when you're going away can be stressful. In this post, our San Angelo vets explain what you should look for in a boarding facility for your dog and what you can expect.

Selecting a Boarding Facility

Below are some things you should take into account when looking for somewhere to board your dog.

Check the Rules & Policies

Before boarding your dog at any facility, make sure to ask the staff there about their regulations, rules, and policies. You may want to know the kind of food they feed dogs who aren't boarded with specialty food from their owners, what kinds of toys you can send with your pet, and what the veterinarian's emergency procedures are.

Check Vaccination Requirements

The general vaccine requirements for dogs at veterinarian boarding kennels are rabies, DHPP, and bordetella. Make sure to ask the boarding facility what vaccinations they require, so you can update your pooch's immunizations and produce proof of your dog's vaccinations before their stay. These requirements are important because many illnesses and viruses can spread in dog-dense areas like these.

Visit the Facility Ahead of Time

Kennels that serve as a stay-cation for a lot of pets can get messy quickly. While a boarding facility won't be able to be kept totally sterile, any high-quality kennel will still look and smell clean and well-kept.

To make sure a prospective boarding facility is up to snuff, visit the kennel and make sure it's kept organized and clean before your dog's stay.

Trust 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. 

Before & After Your Dog's Stay

Here are some things you should keep in mind before you bring your pooch in for boarding.

  1. Keep Your Emotions in Check. 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.
  2. Behavioral Changes After Boarding. 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 about coming home. But, if things don't settle down after a few days, contact your vet.

Boarding Your Dog at Western Veterinary Hospital

We offer high-quality overnight boarding services for dogs and cats in San Angelo. Our staff is happy to offer a warm, comfortable place for your pet to stay while you're away.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition or boarding needs.

Are you looking for somewhere safe and comfortable to keep your dog while you're away? Contact our San Angelo vets to board your pet with us.