If you are going to be boarding your dog for the first time then you want to make sure you have everything in order ahead of time, so everything goes smoothly. You also want to follow some simple tips that can make everything go easier for both you and your dog. Here is some helpful advice you may want to follow.
Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all of their vaccinations
You will need to show the boarding facility proof that your dog is up-to-date on their vaccinations before it will be allowed to stay at the facility. Also, not all facilities require a dog to be vaccinated for kennel cough but you should go ahead and take your dog in for this vaccination before boarding them, regardless of the requirements of the facility. It's a good idea to get your dog caught up on their vaccinations a couple of weeks before you will be barding them, so the vaccinations have time to fully protect them. However, since the facilities require vaccinations, it's very unlikely they would be exposed to anything at the facility itself.
Make sure you fill out all paperwork ahead of time
You want to fill out all of the paperwork for the boarding facility ahead of time and make sure you let them know when you will be boarding your dog. You don't want to put this part off and then find that the boarding facility is already going to be at maximum capacity and won't be able to accept your dog on the dates that you need for them to be boarded.
Find out what you should bring for your dog
Each boarding facility will have its own rules regarding blankets, toys, specific types of collars dogs can wear, etc. You need to know what you can bring with you, so you pack your dog's favorite items that are allowed. Having some items from home and that have your scent on them can make it easier for your dog to be left at the facility.
Find out if there are ways you can check in on your dog
If you want to be able to check in on your dog to see how they are doing, make sure you ask the boarding facility for the different ways you can do this. Some facilities may have webcams you can link directly to from your mobile device so you can actually see your dog in real time. Other facilities may email or text daily updates if you request for them to do so. You want to have this information before you leave the dog at the facility, so you know just how to check in.
Consider boarding at your veterinary clinic
You may be able to board your dog right at your veterinary clinic. This can give you a lot of peace of mind because you will know that your dog is being watched by those who you have come to know over the years and by those who have treated your dog for different issues in the past. Also, there's something calming about knowing you are leaving your dog with a veterinarian who will be able to address any issues that may arise right away.
To learn more, contact an animal clinic like Parkview Animal Hospital.