Although we love our cats and dogs like family, sometimes the plans we make for the holidays require leaving our precious pets behind. Maybe the aunt you’re visiting in New York has an allergy to pet dander, or the cruise you’re taking to Cancún enforces a strict no-pet policy. Whatever the case may be, if you’re going out of town this season, you should also plan ahead for pet boarding during the holidays.
Because kennels have a tendency to fill up quickly, it’s important to reserve a space in advance. With over a month until the holidays, now is the perfect time to call your local facility—just make sure that you’ve completed this pet boarding checklist before you and Ace arrive.
1. Get a Routine Health Checkup
Before your pet can be approved for boarding, most facilities require that he or she completes a wellness exam. At Noah’s Ark, this routine checkup will allow us to conduct a thorough physical examination of your pet and develop a health profile for our records, which we can then reference if any problems arise later. This information will also help us to establish a relationship with you and your pet as we get to know his or her personality, behavior, and general lifestyle.
2. Have Proof of Up-to-Date Vaccinations
To ensure the health of your pet (and the safety of others in the kennel), all vaccinations must be up to date prior to boarding. Unfortunately, many infectious diseases pose a threat to animals that are unvaccinated. Protecting your pet is our primary goal, and our knowledgeable doctors and staff members are happy to assist you in determining the best vaccinations to keep your pet healthy.
3. Bring Their Regular Food
Boarding, even for a short period of time, can be stressful and scary for pets that are new to the facility. For this reason, we encourage all pet parents to bring their cat or dog’s food when they board with us at Noah’s Ark. This consistency in diet not only prevents upset stomachs, but it also gives your pet a sense of familiarity and comfort while you’re away.
4. Pack the Personal
Even the smallest items from home can soothe our pets’ anxieties. While you’re loading Ace’s vaccination records and food supply into the car, don’t forget to pack him a personal blanket or towel for a familiar smell. We also welcome any toys (such as balls or chew toys) that might make his stay more enjoyable.
At Noah’s Ark, we know that pets are part of the family. You love and care for them, and you can trust us to do the same while you’re away. Visit our Boarding Services page to learn more about our Pampered Packages and Critter Day Care, or schedule an appointment with one of our vets as you plan for the holidays.