Kenneling Pets: What You Should Know

Sure, you love your pet. But some vacation plans just can’t include our furry friends. If you need to board your pet, here are some tips on what to look for in a kennel, and what to do for your pet to help make it the best possible experience.

 A good kennel should:

  • Look and smell clean when you visit
  • Require that all animals are current on their vaccinations and parasite preventative treatments (heartworm, flea and tick monthly treatments)
  • Check all animals for fleas upon arrival
  • Provide veterinary services in case of emergency and ask for your vet information
  • Clean cages and exercise animals often

Here are some ways to make separation easier for you and your pet.

  •  Take your pet’s favorite toys or blanket. This will reassure them in a new environment.
  •  Consider a test drive. Take your pet for a short overnight stay, so they can get used to the surroundings.
  •  Give them a little natural calming. Pheromone collars contain the type of pheromones produced by mother dogs and cats to calm their young. They will help ease your pet’s anxiety while at the kennel. A convenient and effective choice is the SENTRY Good Behavior Pheromone Collar, which you can find in most large pet specialty stores like PETCO and PetSmart.
  •  Give a little of the cold shoulder. This sounds counterintuitive, but being overly loving and affectionate just prior to drop-off will make parting harder for your pet. Showing your pet a bit less affection than normal before leaving them may not be easy, but will be better for them. You can shower them with love when you return.
  •  Make sure your pet is up-to-date on their flea and tick treatments. Use of a spot-on once-a-month treatment is your best bet. You don’t want to bring home unwanted, biting houseguests when your vacation is over! Pronyl OTC is a monthly squeeze-on topical product that contains the same active ingredient as Frontline Top Spot, but costs less. It will protect your pet from any pests that try to jump aboard in the kennel or outside. It’s available for both dogs and cats at grocery stores, drug stores and mass retail stores.

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