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What to do before boarding your dog

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Not every boarding kennel is the same. Some of them may perfectly suit your needs, while others will result in a disastrous experience for both you and your dog. You need to do your homework in order to find the one best suited to your needs. It can be an extremely difficult experience for both you and your dog when you are leaving them at the dog boarder, but you can have some comfort knowing that it is a quality and enjoyable environment. Once you have chosen the right kennel for you, here are some steps to take in order to ensure that the experience is as smooth as possible for you, your dog and the kennel staff. Tour the kennel in advance When you are leaving your dog to the kennel, you are usually rushing and stressed due to your impending trip. There is no point hurriedly touring through the kennel the day you are leaving and second guessing your decision. This is why you need to visit it well in advance in order to confirm that it is the right fit for you and your dog. Some kennels can look good on paper, but it is only when you visit it for yourself that you know if it’s a good fit. Inform the kennel staff or your dog’s specific needs It is important that you let them know any special eating requirements or issues that your dog has. This allows the kennel staff to make the experience as smooth as possible and minimise any discomfort your dog may experience. You should right a clear list of any medications or allergies that your dog has. There is no need to go too overboard and overwhelm the staff. You should only include absolutely vital information on this list. Bring your own dog food Many great kennels encourage this practice as it helps minimise any issues the dog will have with eating strange types of food and getting a sick or sensitive stomach as a result. You should bring enough for the length of your stay and a bit more in case you are delayed for any reason. Bring a special blanket or toy for your dog It is important that you do everything to ensure that the upset your dog experiences from being outside of its normal environment is minimised. Giving the kennel the blanket that your dog sleeps on every night will make the dog feel as comfortable as possible. Once again, don’t overwhelm the staff, only confine this to one or two items. Leave a contact number In the off chance that your dog has an emergency or problem, it is important that the kennel can reach you. They should also have a second contact number of a friend or family member that can be used if you cannot be reached.  Keep these tips in mind as you contact local kennels like Dogdayz Country...

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How to Choose a Boarding Kennel for Your Pet

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Going out of town for a few days or weeks? A good boarding kennel can give your pet quality care and give you a peace of mind while you are away. Finding a good boarding kennel need not be an exhausting task when you know what to look for in a facility. Most boarding kennels are booked up months in advance, especially for popular holiday periods so start looking early enough to ensure you find the right facility for the days you will be away. Here are some things to look for in a boarding kennel. State of the Facility Before deciding on the right boarding kennel for your pet, visit the facilities to research more about it. The kennel should be licensed by the local authority and have a certificate to prove this. Inquire about dog vaccinations especially Bordetella (kennel cough). A kennel should require that all pets are vaccinated before boarding. Ask for a tour around the facility. What is the layout like? A facility with indoor and outdoor dog runs allows your dog to remain outdoors during the day and offers protection against heat and cold. A facility that only offers indoor kennels should allow outdoor runs for dogs or have them walked during the day. Outside areas should offer protection from rain and snow depending on the season. The kennel should have proper ventilation and be disinfected on a daily basis to discourage odors. Each dog should have a place to lie down either on a raised bed or on clean, soft clothing. Ensure that the facility is clean and that currently boarding pets look comfortable and well taken care of. Supervision and Interaction A good boarding kennel should allow dogs to exercise their minds and bodies through various activities such as walks and playtime which are adequately supervised. Playtime should be segregated depending on the dog size to avoid inadvertent injury when larger dogs share spaces with smaller dogs. If your dog is people-oriented, it is important that he receives special attention from the staff. Find out whether the kennel is staffed during the night. Emergencies may arise during the night especially if your dog needs special attention at all times. Food The food that the boarding kennel feeds dogs is very important. If your dog has a special diet, it is important to find out whether it will be available at the facility. If not, the facility should allow you to bring your pet’s special food. Otherwise, you need to find a facility that will abide by your dog’s dietary needs. Once your pet is boarded, ensure that you remind the staff on any medical or behavioral issues your pet has to ensure adequate care is given. To start comparing your options or to learn more, contact services like Penfield Kennels &...

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How to Find Cat Boarding for a Cat with These 4 Special Needs

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If your cat isn’t just your average moggie, but needs extra or special care, it can be extra challenging to find a cat boarding facility that suits your show cat’s special needs. Here are some options based on some of those needs. Finding care for unsterilised cats If your cat is not neutered because you intend to use them as a breeding cat, this can limit your options. Not only do non-neutered cats run a risk of pregnancy/impregnating the other cats, they can also have a more volatile personality due to the extra hormones racing through their bodies and may not be accepted in to some facilities as a result. Care options: isolated care conditions, in-home conditions, breed specific cat boarding facilities. Finding care for cats with special grooming needs Some breeds of cats require extra grooming attention, from long hair Persians requiring extra brushing, to extra eye wiping and nose clearing for short haired Exotics. Most cat boarding facilities are happy to negotiate in extra care to make your pet more comfortable, although you may be required to pay a small surcharge for the extra attention. Care options: general facilities with extra care Cats with clingy personalities While cats have a reputation for being standoffish, some breeds such as the Scottish Folds are extremely bonded to their owner and get sad if they are left alone. While they can be great travel companions as a result, they are not well suited to situations where they spend a long time apart from their owner. The local association for your breed might be able to recommend a cat boarding or home stay option that has a good reputation for cats of your breed. Care options: home stay cat boarding, house sitter with a work at home job Cat with exercise requirements If you have a puss that is used to being walked, such as some Siamese, normal exercise facilities at cat boarding facilities may not be enough. Be sure to let your cat boarding facility know about your cats normal exercise routine, and make sure to leave a leash and harness. They’ll be able to organise a daily walk to suit your cat, in line with their normal habits. Care options: cat boarding facility with additional walking, home stay cat boarding As you can see there are many options available for show cats with different needs. Be sure to discuss any concerns with local catteries such as Blu Ice Cattery and they’ll be happy to work with you to come up with a solution that suits you and your...

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Five Essential Tips for Making a Cattery Stay Easier on Your Anxious Cat

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If you are going on holiday, a cattery is the perfect place to leave your cat. However, if you have an anxious cat, he or she may not want to be left in a new place. To make the experience easier on your anxiety-ridden cat, check out these five tips: 1. Choose a quiet and calm cattery Before dropping your cat off at the cattery, schedule some time to look around it and get a sense of how it feels. Cats who are anxious are typically more easily bothered by noises or intense activity. To help your cat stay calm, the ideal cattery should be a relaxing, quiet and low key place. If you walk in the door to the sound of cats howling, it is probably not the right place for you. However, if it has quiet punctuated by purring, you have found the perfect place. Options for great boarding facilities include Welcome Boarding Kennels & Cattery. 2. Give your kitten a place to hide When animals or people feel anxious or afraid, they often feel more calm if they can hide. This is one of the reasons that cats tend to like cardboard boxes. Look for a cattery that has large areas for each cat to stay, and look for a way to include a hiding spot for your cat in that area. Just a simple box with a blanket in it should suffice. Your cat will feel more comfortable with the option to hide away as he or she needs. 3. Consider using calming kitty herbs Herbs like catnip, valerian and chamomile are known to help kittens feel calm. You can give your cat the herbs to chew on, or you can infuse them into water or oil and spray them around your cat’s area. If possible, leave some extra herbs with the cattery so that they can dispense them as needed. 4. Talk with your vet about anti-anxiety meds Just as people have anti-anxiety meds, pets do as well. If your kitten really struggles with anxiety, talk to your vet about prescription medications. You can also get sedatives that allow your cat to sleep through most of their stay. 5. Look for experts in cat anxiety When choosing a cattery for your furry feline, talk with the staff. Ask them if they know how to calm an anxious kitten, and ask about which calming strategies they use in particular. If they do not know how to deal with anxiety, look for a cattery with staff members that specialise in reducing anxiety.  ...

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