Boarding your pet is a great pet care solution when your pet cannot accompany you on a trip. When selecting a facility for pet boarding, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Taking some time before your trip to find the ideal boarding facility will ensure your pet is comfortable and provide you with peace of mind during your travels.
The first factor to consider when traveling without your pet is the habitat in which your pet will live while you are gone. Visit the kennel or facility you are considering to see the size of the accommodations and play areas for yourself. Make sure your pet will have a safe, confined space where he will feel comfortable; all sleeping areas should have a solid divider so your pet won’t need to deal with the sight of other animals around him. Play areas and dog runs should be clean, safe, and well-maintained. If your pet is particularly adept at escape, talk to the boarding facility staff to ensure additional measures can be used to keep your pet safe.
You want your pet to receive the very best of care while you are gone. Make sure kennel staff are trained in animal first aid and find out how often your pet will be monitored. Pets should be checked several times a day to ensure they are safe and healthy. Kennels that are associated with veterinarians are the most desirable, as healthcare is available immediately if your pet should need it. Also ask about feeding and play preferences—in most cases, your kennel can follow your wishes to ensure your pet eats and plays on a schedule similar to the one he enjoys at home.
Horizon Animal Hospital is not only a comprehensive veterinary practice—we are also a Scottsdale pet hotel! We are pleased to offer comfortable boarding options for cats and dogs in our spacious facility; you can reach us by phone at (480) 614-9500 or via our web contact form for more information about boarding and pet health care in Scottsdale.
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