With summer coming up, a lot of us are starting to think about vacation. Unfortunately, vacations can’t always include our pets. If you’re thinking about taking a trip this summer and know you won’t be able to take your pet along, our team of experienced professionals at the state-of-the-art Noah’s Ark pet boarding facility is always happy to care for them a little while.
With daily exercise, playtime, tons of room, and lots of love, we provide a getaway for your fuzzy companions while you get some R&R yourself this summer. Before bringing your pet for a short stay, however, here are a few tips that will help you prepare.
What do I need to do before boarding my pets?
Save the Date
First off, make sure to book your spot as far in advance as possible! If you plan to be traveling during a popular vacation time — over a major holiday or during school breaks, for example — you may need to reserve a space earlier than usual. We recommend calling at least a month in advance. The sooner you call, the more likely it is that your pet will be guaranteed a spot with us.
Protect their Health
After you’ve booked your pet boarding reservation, make sure your pet is up to date on all their vaccinations. For the safety of all the animals who stay in our boarding facility, we require vaccination records for your pet. If your dog or cat is not up to date on a certain vaccination, book an appointment to renew it ASAP.
And it’s always a good idea to have your pet on some type of regular anti-flea medication. We do everything in our power to protect our boarded pets against fleas and prevent illness. Having your pet on monthly prescription pills or liquid medication (such as Frontline) helps to make that possible.
Know Who to Call
Finally, make sure you have an in-town emergency contact. Our pet boarding facility is staffed by capable and experienced veterinarians and technicians, so you know your pet is in good hands. But in the event of a medical emergency, we need to know who to call. We always ask that our clients provide emergency contact and payment information. If you will be unreachable by phone on your vacation, make sure there’s a friend or family member in town that can act as your pet’s emergency contact.
What should I bring when I drop off my pet?
We ask that our clients bring:
1. Vaccination records
Again, we want to keep the boarding facility as safe and healthy an environment as possible, so we need to know your pet is up to date on all their vaccinations.
2. Medical history information
If you’re a regular client with Noah’s Ark, we might already have this information on file. If not, we’ll need any and all relevant medical information for your pet (past health issues, medications, allergies, behavioral issues, etc.). This way, if a problem does arise, we can make sure to give your pet the best and most informed care possible, as quickly as possible.
3. Any required medications
This includes detailed instructions on when and how to administer them. If your pet needs any type of regular medication, we need to know their schedule and the best way to administer any pills, treatments, etc. for their health and comfort.
4. Any special foods or dietary limitations
If you plan on leaving special foods for your pet, they should preferably be packaged and dropped off with them in a resealable container. We feed all of our board pets on regular schedules throughout the day, but if your pet requires any particular measures, let us know.
5. A favorite toy or other item from home
We provide bedding, daily walks, and playtime with the staff, but your pet may still want to have a familiar and well-loved toy with them during their stay. We’ll work hard to keep your pet as happy and comfortable as possible, but they may feel better with their favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or squeaky toy along for company.
6. Anything else your pet might require while you’re gone
This includes certain treats, rawhides, detailed instructions on their personal schedule (bathroom, walk times, etc.), notes on behavior, or a pre-recorded video message for them to watch while you’re away.
What is kennel cough and will my dog get it in pet boarding?
Kennel cough is a mild viral infection similar to the common cold. It has been known to occur in boarding conditions where animals are kept in cramped quarters and without much ventilation.
While mild, it’s still very contagious and can spread to your dog whenever they come in contact with other dogs. There’s always a chance yours could pick it up while in the boarding facility. However, if any of our boarded dogs begin to show signs of kennel cough, we immediately separate them from the other dogs to contain the virus and keep the rest healthy.
There is an anti-kennel cough vaccine called Bordetella that is effective for certain types of kennel cough. But since there are several strains of the infection, it can be hard to safeguard your pet against all of them. Just like you might get a flu shot and still get sick with a different strain of the flu, Bordetella does not protect against all forms of kennel cough.
If your dog does pick up kennel cough, there’s no need to worry. Like the common cold, kennel cough almost always goes away on its own within 7-10 days. In some cases, your veterinarian might recommend treatment with antibiotics, but kennel cough rarely gets that severe.
Don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your pet’s spot or to ask questions. Contact our team today and we’ll be happy to tell you about our incredible pet boarding facilities and other perks.