If you're planning a holiday, you're probably excited - but you may also be experiencing anxiety about leaving your dog while you're on vacation. Today, our Stockton vets share tips on what to do with your dog when you travel.
Pet Care While on Vacation
Our vets understand that it can be stressful to ponder where you should leave your beloved four-legged friend while you are away from home.
Whether you're heading out of town on a business trip for a couple of days, or off vacation for a couple of weeks, you'll need to find suitable care for your dog.
While it can be challenging to leave your dog while you go on vacation, and find the best kennel or boarding facility for them, looking into the options available near you and what features each service offers can help make your decision easier.
Dog Boarding for Vacation (Or Any Time Away From Home)
When you bring your dog to a boarding facility these days, they can be pampered and play while you're away - a contrast to dog boarding places in the past.
Kennels are regularly cleaned and kept smelling fresh, and dogs are treated to plenty of love and attention.
A quick online search can help you find animal boarding facilities in your area that provide a range of accommodations, from standard to pet spas, doggie summer camps and medical boarding for dogs that need extra love, attention and care. Price points also range from affordable to extravagant.
If you are trying to decide what to do with your dog when you travel and which boarding facility to take your dog to, make sure to check into a few different places in your community to find a facility that most closely suits your pet's needs and your wallet.
Dog Boarding Facility Features
To gauge the level of service provided at any given dog boarding facility, find out the daily price of boarding. If your pup will be treated to luxurious hotel-like spaces with television to watch and comfy sofas to lay on, you'll pay more than you would to board your pet at a standard facility with clean, roomy crates and fenced dog runs.
If you'd like your dog to enjoy active adventures outdoors while you're traveling, you might want to consider a fun camp experience for them. Dog camps across the country offer loads of time for your dog to explore the outdoors. Some have additional facilities so your pooch can play and swim with other dogs.
As you narrow down your list of potential kennels, it's imperative to remember that extravagant facility features don't necessarily mean better care for your pet, and they may get very pricey.
Choosing the Right Level of Service for Your Dog
Dog care while for while you're on vacation will typically be priced based on the level of service you choose. Luxury accommodations will be far more expensive per day than a standard kennel.
Standard boarding care for dogs at most kennels and boarding facilities includes:
- A clean, roomy kennel for your dog to sleep and relax in
- Exercise time outdoors before breakfast so your dog can stretch their legs
- Breakfast served in the kennel
- Out of kennel playtime in the middle of the day to allow your pup to burn off energy
- Dinner served in the kennel
- Evening bathroom break
Added extras commonly available at standard kennels and pet boarding facilities:If you are looking for something a bit more special than a standard boarding facility, many facilities also offer the following services:
- Specialized veterinary care
- Shuttle services to and from the facility
Picking The Best Kennel for Your Dog While You Are on Vacation
Pet parents often experience anxiety about leaving their dog while on vacation. Finding the right dog care for your vacation will ultimately come down to personal preference, price and availability in your neighborhood. With a little research into the services available in your area, you will be able to find just the right level of care for your fur baby, at a price you can afford.
Medical & Standard Dog Boarding at Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital
At Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital we understand that it can be stressful to leave your pet - especially if they are ill, or when they are recovering from a procedure or surgery. Our goal is to put help put your mind at ease by providing your dog with the care they need while you're away. We provide complete boarding services for pets with a disease or medical condition that requires medication and/or monitoring that some standard boarding facilities may not be equipped to accommodate.
At our dog boarding facility, our friendly and experienced staff are here to provide the care your dog needs while you are on vacation or away from home.
We offer standard boarding for healthy dogs who need a safe and friendly place to stay while you're away. Try to think of your dog's stay at a kennel as a vacation for them too. We will be sure to give your dog lots of love and attention to keep them feeling happy and content.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.