During the holiday season, we do see an increase in boarding here at KVC. Families often travel out of town to visit loved ones, and many are unable to bring their furry family members, we are more than happy to help you and understand leaving your pet behind can be both stressful and sad for all parties involved. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you and your pet get through the time apart easier.
Leave a bed or blanket from home for them to sleep with! If they have familiar smells and objects around them it will help them feel more are ease and relaxed in the new environment.
Get them used to boarding as a puppy! This is probably the best tip I can give. Getting your dog used to boarding at a young age will benefit you, your dog and the staff looking after them. Even if its just dropping them off every once in a while for a day board or just one night to get them more comfortable with the boarding facility. It will do wonders when you have to board them for extended periods of time.
Bring your pets usual diet with them! All though we always have food in the clinic we can use if needed it is better if you bring your pets regular food to be given to them while they board. The fewer changes they have to go through at once will minimize stress and some pets are very sensitive to diet changes so changing diets rapidly can cause upset stomachs or diarrhea.
Call or email updates! If you find being away from your pet very stressful and want to know how they have been doing to put your mind at ease. Make sure the clinic has your most reliable phone number and email on file. That way they are able to contact you easily in case of an emergency and you are able to easily contact them for updates on your best friend.
Even with these tips, it may still take a day or two for your pet to settle and feel comfortable boarding somewhere without you. These tips will make the transition easier — either way, nothing can compare to the look you get from your pet when we bring them up front for you to pick them up and take them home.
Written by: Miranda Mathieson, CCR