For many people, pets are family members, as dear as children. You wouldn’t just drop your kids off with someone for a weekend or a week without knowing how they will be treated.
Before you leave your pet at a boarding facility, it’s important to do your homework. Give the ones you are considering a call and ask for a tour. If any of them hesitate to let you visit, take them off your list. You should get an enthusiastic response to your request and be made to feel welcome.
At All Care Animal Clinic in West Palm Beach, FL, we’re here to help you know what questions to ask before you drop your animal off at a boarding facility.
Questions to Ask
Have a list of questions prepared. One thing you don’t want is any surprises.
Ask about their drop-off and pick-up routine. You need to know if the hours and days are limited and if there is a penalty for not being there at the correct time.
What vaccinations will my pet need to board? Most kennels will want to have your pet’s official record of required vaccinations. Bordetella, a non-core vaccine, is usually required as well.
Will my pet get time outside their kennel? Will there be outdoor time? Playtime?
What are the accommodations like? Usually, there is more than one size of accommodation. Make sure you know what the pet boarding accommodation looks like and which one your pet will be in.
Are species kept separate? If both cats and dogs are boarded at this facility, are they kept totally separate? Can the sound of the other species be heard? Some cats and dogs will be very anxious if they hear other animals.
Can you bring your own preferred pet food? Some facilities provide a selection of common food brands, while others may require you to bring your own, especially if you use a specialty brand.
Will required medication be administered? If your pet is on medication, it’s important to know if the facility will administer the medication on the right time schedule.
Once you get the answers to your questions, you will be in a better position to determine if this is a location you feel comfortable boarding your pet.
Call Your West Palm Beach Veterinarian Today
If you need a veterinarian in West Palm Beach, FL, All Care Animal Clinic is accepting new patients. Give us a call today at (561) 688-1154 to make an appointment for routine pet care or to ask questions about pet boarding or other issues. Our friendly staff is happy to help!