Preparing Your Pet for Boarding
If you’re a pet owner, it is likely that you’ll have to board your pet at some point. Whether you’re going on vacation or need to deal with a family emergency abroad, your pet won’t be able to come with you. Pet boarding can be a fun experience for pets, but it can also be very scary. At Oak Ridge Animal Hospital, we understand this and want to make the experience as easy as possible. Here are five ways to prepare your pet for boarding.
Do a Trial Run
If possible, leave your pet at the boarder for a shorter period of time in order to get him acclimated to the idea before you take a longer trip. Book him for a twenty-four hour stay. By spending a full day there, your pet can experience every aspect of the boarding experience at least once before he goes in for a longer trip. And since you are coming to get him after the trial run, he will know that you’ll be there for him when you get back from your trip as well.
Visit Your Vet Beforehand
To be boarded, your pet will need a clean bill of health, so it is important that you visit your veterinarian in advance. If the animal hospital your pet goes to also does boarding, they will likely have all of your animal’s records. If you are boarding your pet with a separate facility, you’ll likely need to get proof of vaccines before your trip.
Pack Your Pet’s Favorite Things
If you can, bring your pet’s bed and favorite toys with you when you drop him off for pet boarding. A little comfort and familiarity can make the whole experience much calmer and more enjoyable for everybody.
Socialize Your Pet
Pet boarding means that there will likely be a lot of other animals at the facility. If your pet isn’t comfortable around other animals, it will be extremely stressful for him to stay there. Start socializing your pet early if you think you’ll need to board your pet at some point. Get him used to being around other animals and he won’t be upset about it.
Make It a Quick Goodbye
A lingering goodbye can be hard on both you and your pet. When you drop your pet off at the animal hospital or kennel, keep your goodbyes quick and upbeat. A cheerful pat and a wave goodbye will let him know that everything is fine and normal.
For families looking for pet boarding in the Greensboro area, Oak Ridge Animal Hospital offers overnight stays. If you want more information or to schedule a stay for your pet, call us today!