What is Medical Pet Boarding?

If you are going somewhere for an entire day or more and leaving your pet behind, you might be wondering what options you have in getting them taken care of. Here, our San Angelo vets discuss medical boarding facilities and why they might be the right choice for your pet.

What You Need to Know About Boarding Your Pet

Medical pet boarding refers to the facility at a veterinarian's office/hospital that takes pets overnight, sometimes for a fee. Boarding can be done at the owner's request if they are going away on vacation, or it can be done at the recommendation of the veterinarian following the animal's medical treatment or procedure. Below, our San Angelo vets have outlined some things you should know about medical boarding.

Understand The Boarding Facility's Rules And Policies.

Before boarding your pet at a new facility, inquire about its policies, procedures, and services. For instance, what kind of food do they feed the pets, what items can you bring from home (toys, blankets, etc.), what their emergency procedures are, and if they can administer your pet's medication?

Asking about the policies, procedures, and services the facilities offer can help you determine the best home away from home for your pet.

Ensure That Your Pet's Vaccinations Are Up To Date.

Although each pet boarding kennel has its criteria for maintenance, all reputable boarding facilities have one thing in common, your pet's vaccinations must be up to date. They will require proof that your pet has received all of the required immunizations because many common pet illnesses and diseases can spread quickly in kennel settings. This helps keep your pet and the other pets at the facility safe.

Ask the facility in advance which immunizations they require your pet to have.

Check Out The Facility Well Ahead Of Time.

Kennels that house a large number of pets can quickly become unkempt. While it is impossible to keep a boarding facility completely sterile, a high-quality boarding facility will look and smell clean. So, before booking your pet's stay, make sure the kennel is kept organized and clean.

Keep Your Own Emotions In Check When You Drop Off Your Pet. 

Dogs are experts at reading their pet parents' emotions. Your pet can tell if you are stressed, overcompensating, or saying goodbye. This will be reflected in your pet's mood and behavior, making it more difficult for them to relax once you leave. Keep things simple, short, and positive to ease the transition.

Your Pet May Exhibit Different Behaviors When They First Come Home.

Understanding that your pet may act strangely in the first few days after returning from the kennel is critical. Your pet may be clingy, lethargic, or suffering from diarrhea. They may even consume more food or drink than usual. This, however, is a normal reaction to your pet's excitement at returning home. However, if things do not improve after a few days, contact your veterinarian.

Trust Your Gut When Looking For The Best Place To Board Your Pet.

We believe that trusting your instincts is a good place to start when looking for a kennel for your pet. If you don't feel at ease in one location, try another. If you don't agree with their policy, look around at other kennels until you find one you completely trust.

Boarding Your Pet At Western Veterinary Hospital

In San Angelo, we provide high-quality medical boarding for pets. While you are away, we can provide your pet with a warm and comfortable home away from home. We provide temperature-controlled kennels, a separate boarding area for cats and pets, playtime with staff, daily walks, and other services.

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 to accurately diagnose your pet's condition or boarding needs.

If you're looking for a warm, safe place to keep your pet in San Angelo while you're away, contact Western Veterinary Hospital to learn about our boarding facility options! We prioritize the comfort and happiness of your pet while you're gone.