If you need to go away for a few days, finding a safe and comfortable boarding for your pet is a priority.
With so many Edmonton Dog Kennels available today, it may be overwhelming to find one that suits your budget, matches your pet’s and your requirements. While shortlisting a boarding for your canine, ask the following six questions –
1. How Can I Find the Perfect Boarding?
It’s always a good idea to ask your pet’s vet as they talk to pet lovers all day and have a fair idea of good local boarding options for dogs. You can also ask around a dog park or your friends and family members for recommendations.
2. Should I take a Tour of the Kennel?
Before you leave your precious pet at the boarding, make sure to take a thorough tour of the facility. Check whether it is quiet, odor-free and well-lit. All the play areas and living spaces must be free from any waste or urine to avoid any diseases. Also, check that it is not overcrowded and there are enough staff members to attend to the pets.
3. What Kind of Staff is Suitable for my Pet?
The staff at the kennel must be attentive and should have all the information about the pets under their care.
Also, when you’re leaving your pet, they must make proper notes of his diet, exercise needs, medications and other habits and information like his favorite toy. The staff must be patient, warm and friendly and genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of your pet.
4. What to Look for in Exercise or Play Programs?
Some kennels offer play time in their fee while others don’t. If you own a greyhound or German Shephard that requires walking, check with the boarding if they provide an assistant to take your dog on his daily walks. Make sure to carry some of your own toys for your pet so that they have a sense of familiarity.
5. What are the Safety Issues I should be Concerned About?
Keep an eye for any bent wires, jagged edges or torn fencing around the kennel. This may be a red sign for the kennel’s safety standards.
6. What about my Pet’s Vaccination Needs?
Normally, you should give your dog vaccinations for Rabies, Bordetella, and DA2PP at least 10 days before you drop him off at a boarding. Make sure to visit the vet and get all necessary flea and tick preventions and heartworm preventions as well to avoid any diseases during your absence.
If you are confused about choosing from so many Edmonton dog kennels, just trust your gut and know that if you feel comfortable at the boarding facility with the staff and the environment, your best bud will also surely feel at ease.