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Small Dog Boarding: 10 Things to Consider Before Leaving Your Pet

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 06:07 PM

Many of us face situations in which we are either forced or want to travel and have to leave our canine pal behind. While you're away, you will want to make sure your dog has a safe, comfortable place to stay.

Before making any decisions, ask a friend or veterinarian for boarding recommendations. Many vets also offer what is known as "doggy daycare."

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Whether you are boarding a small or larger dog, here are 10 things to consider before making reservations for your dog’s stay.

1. Interview: Speak with someone at the kennel by phone. Find out how long the facility has been in business and ask for references.

2. Make a surprise visit: Visit the kennels to determine how clean the facility is and to examine the condition of the cages.

3. Ask how often your dog will be walked: Some facilities only let dogs out twice a day for a few minutes at a time. If this is not suitable for your pet, you should look for a place that walks dogs three or more times daily.

4. Feeding instructions: Consider having the kennel feed your dog's own food from home. Many pets can develop gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting and or diarrhea when eating outside food.

5. Will my dog be interacting with similar size dogs? Find out if there are separate runs or areas for small and large dogs. If dogs are allowed to play together, attendants should closely monitor the dogs and only allow a few dogs to play together at a time. Ask the facility about their policies regarding dog playtime, including their established protocol if an injury occurs.

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6. What happens if my dog becomes sick or injured? Find out if the staff keeps logs about your dog. They should note your dog’s appetite, water intake, urination, and defecation. If there is any vomiting, diarrhea, or other abnormal activity, that should be noted, also. If the boarding facility is not part of a veterinary hospital, find out where they take dogs that become sick. Ask if it is possible to have your dog transported to your own vet if she needs medical attention.

7. Emergency information: Ensure that the kennel has your numbers where you can be reached in the case of an emergency. Include your cellphone and any emergency contacts.

8. Leave emergency instructions: Leave instructions on how to proceed with your dog in case of emergency. Leave instructions on what you do and don’t want and a contact number or credit card number for emergency medical care. If you are not available by phone, make sure the staff has the authorization to make charges if care is required.

9. Medical history: Obtain your pet’s medical record from your vet and give a copy to the kennel. Information should include medications, conditions, and any problems. Also, let them know if the dog has any behavioral issues.

10. Leave special instructions: Make sure you clearly indicate all special instructions regarding care, nutrition and any medications. Keep the instructions simple with a contact number to call in case there are questions.

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