The holidays are upon us! This time of year is always an enjoyable one. Especially if you have plans to travel. Along with travel plans come the decisions of what to do with your pets. You may or may not have the opportunity to have your pets travel with you. But sometimes, it can be better to save your pets the hassle of traveling in the car or on a plane. You may consider having a pet sitter. Or you may choose to have your pet boarded. Boarding your pet may be a good option if you are seeking peace of mind and a guarantee that your pet will be well cared for and safe while you are away.
Here, we have some valuable and important tips for making your pet’s holiday boarding experience as seamless as possible.
Plan the process at least 30 days in advance. Planning ahead of time will ensure that your pet has a spot reserved for the time frame you need. Boarding facilities tend to fill up quickly around the holidays and you don’t want to lose a spot by reserving it too late.
Do your research. If you don’t already have a reliable boarding facility, be sure to start researching ahead of time. Read reviews, ask for recommendations and/or ask your veterinarian for a referral. You want to be absolutely sure that you are selecting a decent and comfortable choice for your pet while you are away.
Get your pet’s vaccines up-to-date. Most facilities require that your pet is fully vaccinated and up-to-date. It is best to ensure that your pet is good to go beforehand, that way you don’t face any issues when it comes to dropping of your pet.
Ask if you can do a walk through or a meet and greet. Many facilities will offer the opportunity for a tour or a meet and greet. This can help your furry friend to warm up to the area and get more acquainted with the people he/she will be staying with.
Have your contact and travel information available. You will want a list of information including your pet’s veterinarian info, emergency contact info, etc. Most facilities will ask for this information on the registration forms. So it helps to have a list handy and ready to go.
Become educated on the facilitie’s requirements. It is important to be aware of the facilities boarding requirements ahead of time- that way you know what to expect. Some places require your pet to be a certain age, potty trained, spayed/neutered, etc. They may also have certain behavior requirements when it comes to other pets and people. Be sure to clarify or confirm their preferences- that way you know exactly what to expect when it comes time to drop off your pet.
When in doubt, be sure to set up an in-person meeting or phone call with the boarding facility. Not only will it give you peace of mind, but it will also make for a much less stressful moment for your pet when the time comes. The more prepared you are, the better your holiday travels will be!