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Tips For Boarding Fido

August 1, 2023

Are you going to be going out of town soon? If so, you may be planning to bring your canine buddy to a kennel. Given the choice, Fido would no doubt prefer to accompany you, but that of course isn’t always an option.  In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet offers some advice on bringing Fido to a doggy hotel.

Choose Wisely

Picking the right facility is half the battle. Do some research, and ask your friends and family for referrals. It’s also a good idea to visit the kennel, so you can get a feel for how they operate.

Choose Your Vet

There are key advantages to boarding with your veterinarian. For one thing, they’ll already have Fido’s records. They’ll also know of any medical concerns. 

Trial Run

Before leaving Fido at his kennel for a long stay, schedule an overnight visit. This will give you both an idea of what to expect. Plus, it will be easier for your furry pal down the road if he’s already familiar with his home away from home.

Ask About Perks

Don’t forget to ask about perks! Many kennels have different upgrades you can pick and choose from. You may be able to order extra treats or playtime, or perhaps get Fido’s nails trimmed while he’s there. 

Pack Carefully

Every kennel does things a little differently. Some allow you to bring bedding and toys, while others prefer to use their own things. Find out what you should pack for your four-legged buddy. Include a few extra days’ worth of Fido’s food, treats, or medicine, just in case.

Provide Clear Information

While the kennel staff may be amused to hear that Fido lets your new kitten bully him, it’s more important for them to know that he’s allergic to dust or is terrified of thunderstorms. Provide critical information, such as allergies, medical issues, or phobias, both verbally and in writing. Make sure that your contact information is correct!

Check Hours

It’s important to be clear on the kennel’s hours. You don’t want to find out at the last minute that you can’t drop Fido off on your way to the airport!

Do you have questions about boarding? Do you need to schedule a stay? Contact Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas.