Bird Dog & Retriever News

June / July 2003 issue Page 34

 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

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