Most of us don't want to leave our dog or cat behind. But sometimes, for whatever reason, we have to. So it's important as a pet owner to choose the best kennel by asking the right questions and, if possible, inspecting it before you commit. Then both you and your pet will sleep better at night. Ask MacDuff, our CEO, who has spent many a night in our local Connecticut kennel when there was no way we could take him with us. He now wags his tail and goes off happily with one of the keepers-- probably because last time he was there he became enamoured of a Great Dane in the kennel next to his. (She now works in our Word Processing department, though MacDuff says this is purely a coincidence.)
You can also make use of a kennel even if you do take your pet with you. When you're on vacation, you might just want to take a day trip by yourself. Don't feel guilty. Believe it or not, sometimes it's more enjoyable to eat Veal Marsala without your dog's tongue up your nose or a cat on your head. Hopefully our listings will help you find a local kennel near where you're staying.
Here's our suggestions:
- If you can inspect the kennel before-hand, take the time to do so.
- Look for clean, odorless conditions. Bad smells mean bad sanitation.
- Do they have indoor/outdoor accommodations, so your dog or cat can be inside or outside whatever his or her mood.
- Do they separate cats from dogs..
- Can your pet get exercise and personal interaction. (We always pay a little extra for "play time.")
- Is there a Veterinarian on staff or nearby.
- What's this all going to cost?
Some things to keep in mind:
- You will need proof of current vaccinations.
- Bring your own food from home, especially if your pet is a finicky eater. Tell them your regular feeding schedule. Most kennels feed once or twice a day and pick up the food shortly after feeding. However, if you have a pet like MacDuff, who, like most Gordies, is a "selective" eater, you may want them to keep the food down most of the day and replaced at the evening meal. Milo, on the other hand, will eat anything, anywhere, anytime.
- Provide any necessary vitamins or medications, with clear instructions.
- Bring a familiar plaything. It shouldn't be something that will get dirty.
- Don't forget to tell them how to reach you as well as someone who will be your local contact.
The most important thing of all, however, is your comfort level with the people who work at the kennel. If you feel comfortable with them, so will your pet. So if you can't take them with you, look for a Boarding Kennel on this listing. And if you find other kennels you'd recommend, let us know, and we'll add them to our listings.
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