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What Should You Do When Taking Your Dog To A Pet Kennel?

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Pet kennels are boarding facilities where dogs and cats can get the care they need while their owners are away. Here are some of the things you should do when taking your dog to a pet kennel:

1. Make a reservation.

Pet kennels accept reservations from clients. Kennels can fill up quickly, especially during times when many people are taking vacations, such as the holiday season. Making a reservation ensures that your dog will have a space at the kennel. You should strive to make your reservation at least a week ahead of time to ensure that your plans are not interrupted.

2. Get your dog fully vaccinated.

Pet kennels have an obligation to look out for the health and well-being of all the animals in their care. Communicable diseases can spread very quickly among kenneled dogs, which is why it's very important that all dogs are vaccinated before being brought to a pet kennel. Most pet kennels require that pet owners show proof of their dog's vaccination status before they can check their dog in at the kennel. Avoid getting turned away at the door by keeping your dog up to date on all its vaccinations. You should have your dog's vaccination records ready to show the kennel operators as well.

3. Allow your dog to spend a day at the pet kennel ahead of time.

Some dogs don't do well in unfamiliar situations, especially dogs who are very attached to their owners. If your dog is especially anxious, you can help by taking your pet to the pet kennel for a day trip. Many kennels offer daycare services that can help dogs get acclimated to the care providers, kennel space, and other dogs. A day trip to the kennel is a small expense that can pay off when your dog feels more at ease at the kennel.

4. Give the kennel operators relevant information about your dog.

The staff at a pet kennel are experienced at working with animals. However, each dog is an individual with its own health concerns, personality quirks, and needs. Be sure to tell the kennel operators anything they should know about your pet, including dietary restrictions, likes, and dislikes. Kennel staff will use this information to provide the best care possible to your animal. This conversation is also a good opportunity to ask the kennel workers anything you'd like to know about the care they will provide for your dog. Good communication is the key to a successful pet kenneling experience.

For more information, contact pet kennels near you.