needs. Are the cage spaces large enough for your pet
to turn around and to move about freely? Does the enclosure have
an open access to go outside in an adjacent outdoor pen? (If
it does, take a peek outside as well. Look for ways your dog
might be able to dig itself out or jump over the fence.) If
not ask about the facility's exercise program. Ask about temperature
control. Some kennel housing areas have individual controlled
thermostats. This would be important if you have an older pet
that needs a warmer climate or a younger pet that prefers a cooler
atmosphere. Some housing areas get even more elaborate and offer
other amenities such as individual stereos or even televisions,
to make your pets stay more like their own home's.
Make sure you ask the staff about their food policy. Some kennels
provide their own food and other kennels give you the option
to bring your own with you. This is important if suddenly switching
your dog's food could cause stomach upset.
Before departing the facility you are visiting, there are still
questions that should be asked. Inquire about staff service.
Make sure there is someone to monitor the housing area 24 hours
a day. Is there a trained veterinarian on call? Does the kennel
offer other services, like grooming, bathing, or training? Does
the kennel require proper vaccination records before admitting
pets? (If it doesn't, it should!) All of this contributes in
this important consideration of finding the right boarding kennel.
But remember, your instinct should be your guide. Remember this
is your pet's home away from home and everything should be taken
in consideration before leaving your pet behind, to ensure a
safe and loving stay.
Julie Reynolds hails from Goose Creek, SC