Here is the list of 5 prominent types of pet boarding facilities
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While pet parents would love to take their pets with them on vacation or out-of-town visits, it is not always possible. There will be times when leaving them behind becomes inevitable. Pet boarding may seem intimidating, especially if it is your pet’s first time.
To help you choose the best pet boarding, we have compiled a list of common pet boarding facilities.
- Dog kennels are a type of traditional pet boarding. This boarding facility has a designated area for each dog. Dog kennels are ideal for pets that are aggressive, small, meek, or don’t like associating with other pets. In addition, dog kennels work well for parents who want to keep their dogs separated from other animals.
Each dog is assigned its own 8 by an 8-foot individual run in dog kennels. The trained staff takes your pet out several times a day. When pets are brought in, a questionnaire that covers allergies, food, mobility, and behavior is filled out. This is done to ensure that the pets are as comfortable as they can be during their stay.
- These are similar to dog boarding facilities in terms of individual areas for each feline. Cats may be placed in cages, condos, or suits, depending on your chosen facility. Cage-free facilities have individual bungalows as well as different group areas.
The group areas are complete with windows and include bird feeders outside that attract birds for the felines to observe. Pets are allowed to come out and roam freely. However, cats are required to be up to date on their rabies vaccination and have a test for FeLV and heartworm.
- Pet hotels are more luxurious and more like kennel boarding or cage-free boarding. When selecting a pet hotel, review each facility separately and receive information directly from the staff about the structure and setup.
- A veterinary office is typically a good choice for pets with special medical needs, who are on medication, have a contagious infection, or are recovering from surgery. While boarding through a veterinary office, dogs are put in a large run, and cats are usually put in a cage. Sometimes a single run houses multiple dogs.
Pet parents must provide basic information about their pets during the onboarding process. Inform the veterinarian about any medical condition, pet food choice, and any special care needed. The veterinarian and the trained staff ensure optimal care and attention are provided to the pets while they recover.
Private Pet Boarding
- Private pet boarding is a more intimate, in-house alternative to traditional pet boarding. These facilities have fewer animals, more playtime, and more attention. Pet parents have the option to keep their pets separate or allow them to socialize. For cat boarding, the arrangements may vary.
Felines usually get an entire space with plenty of cat toys and a cat tree. However, most private pet boarding facilities require pet parents to provide their food and bedding to make their pets feel more at home. However, since the in-house pet boarding facility is smaller, it gets booked quickly.
You can enjoy your vacation better when you are satisfied that your pet is safe and in the right hands. Autumn Trails Veterinary Center offers veterinarian-supervised, safe, convenient, and affordable boarding. For further information, give us a call at 434-971-9800. We can help you plan your pet’s stay.