Tips for Boarding Your Dog

Are you going to be boarding your pet soon? If you have a dog, you will at some point probably find yourself booking a hotel for your canine buddy. Read on for some great tips from a Durham, NC vet on boarding Fido.

Do a Trial Run

Before dropping Fido off for a long stay, bring him in for a shorter visit, such as an overnight trip. This will help your furry friend become familiar with his home away from home, so it will be easier for him down the road.

Check Out the Facility

Do some basic homework before choosing a spa for your pet. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For instance, you’ll want to find out if the kennel will contact you for minor questions or issues, or only in an emergency. It’s also important to know pickup and drop-off hours. If the kennel doesn’t require copies of Fido’s records, consider it a red flag and go somewhere else. (Note: this of course doesn’t apply if you are boarding with your vet, as they would already have that information.)

Pack Wisely

Kennels all have their own policies when it comes to packing. Some doggy spas encourage owners to bring bedding and toys, while others prefer to use their own things. Find out in advance what to bring for your pup. If you are bringing food, pack a bit extra.

Give Clear Instructions

If your canine pal has any special care instructions, give them to the staff both verbally and in writing. Be clear and concise, but avoid the urge to wax poetic about your dog’s adorable head tilts. The kennel staff should know that Fido is allergic to corn, but they probably don’t need to hear about his ongoing war with the vacuum cleaner.

Dropping Fido Off

It can be hard to leave your furry best friend behind, but long, drawn out goodbyes only make things harder for both people and pets. Keep your farewell short and sweet.


Find out what schedule the kennel follows for playtime, meals, and walks. If it is significantly different from Fido’s usual routine, start adjusting your pet’s care schedule the week before his vacation.

Please contact us, your Durham, NC animal clinic, for all your pet’s boarding needs. We have a state-of-the-art pet spa, and treat our furry charges as though they were our own.

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