Choosing a boarding kennel for your pet is like selecting day care for your child, say the experts at Best Friends Pet Care. Of course, you want the facility to be clean, safe and in good repair. But what’s most important for your pet’s happiness is interaction with caring humans. Even if you have a recommendation from a friend, you should visit any kennel you are considering. Stop in during business hours and ask for a tour. (You should not need an appointment.)
As you tour, observe:
• How does the staff interact with pet guests? Are they affectionate? Do they call the pets by name? You want to leave your pet with people who love animals.
• Does the kennel offer services that meet your pet’s needs? Are there exercise options available for your high-energy dog? Can you book “cuddle time” for your puppy? Is there special bedding available for your older pet? What about special treats? Can the facility provide a “go-home” fresh bath or grooming?
• Are vaccinations required? If not, your pet may be exposed to preventable disease.
• What happens in case of illness? Is there 24-hour on-call veterinarian care? Is the staff prepared to handle emergencies?