Preparing Your Pet For Holiday Boarding

This blog will help you prepare your pet for holiday boarding.  It may seem like Christmas is still weeks away, but now is the time to start making plans if you want to board your pet.  The boarding kennel at your Richmond veterinary hospital has plenty of room but don’t wait until the last minute to make preparations.  Here are a few things you should do beforehand.

Make a Reservation

As you are making plans to leave for the holidays, you can also make a reservation for your pet to be boarded.  Pets need to have certain vaccinations before they can stay in most facilities.  Be sure and ask questions before you pick where your pet will stay.  Questions about who will care for them if an emergency occurs and what they will be fed are important questions.  At Advanced Animal Care Richmond, we are here 24 hours a day and able to provide your pet with professional yet friendly care.

Make Sure They Are Vaccinated

Pets that come in for boarding must have certain vaccinations.  Bordetella is one.  This vaccination should be done early unless you are boarding at the same facility.  Bordetella vaccinations have a side effect that mimics regular Bordatella.  A coughing pet may be considered contagious and turned away from your place of boarding. 

What To Bring With Your Pet

Besides your pet, you may want to or be required to bring his food.  Pets can be sensitive to food changes and having their own food will prevent these digestive complications.  Make sure you also bring medications in their original container.  Tell the staff if your pet has special needs, is allergic to anything or requires medication.  Don’t forget to leave contact information so that they can contact you if there is a problem.

Preparing Your Pet For Holiday Boarding

When possible, bring your pet to the boarding facility beforehand so that they can become familiar with the area.  This can help them avoid some of the stress when they actually board.  You can prepare your pet for holiday boarding by making sure they are current on their medications and vaccinations and that they are healthy.  If your pet is elderly or often sick, you may want to obtain a veterinary exam 30 days before you plan on leaving your pet to make sure they are healthy and everything is in order.

If you have any questions about boarding your pet call Advanced Animal Care in Richmond.  They will be happy to help you.

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