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Boarding Your Pet
Festivals are around the corner and most people plan to visit different cities or go abroad for the holidays. Not an easy decision for a pet owner who has to think about what to do with their pet… where to keep it safe and happy… and not be loaded with guilt about keeping the pet away from home and familiar environment.
The best option is always to keep your pet within your family network; however this may not always be practical. And that brings you to the need of finding a boarding kennel to keep your pet where they will be well looked after.
Things to Consider
Leaving your dog in the care of strangers can be uncomfortable for you as a loving pet owner, but taking the time to research and visit a kennel can help make boarding your dog a stress free situation.
Choosing the Right Kennel
If you have never boarded your dog before, you should first ask people you trust if they have any recommendations. Seek the advice of family, friends, neighbours you trust and of course your veterinarian. Once you have a few kennel names, look them up online and see if they have a website or online reviews. If you are comfortable with what you find there, the next step is to visit the facility.
There are not many boarding kennels in Kathmandu valley. Reputable kennels allow owners to visit them to see what the facilities are like. The day you visit, leave your dog at home. Take your time as you tour and ask as many questions as you want.
Ask about their emergency procedures, whether their staff is trained in first aid for dogs? What are their medical facilities and how they handle playtime or walks? Each kennel is different, so don’t assume that once you have seen one kennel, you have seen them all. Is it also okay to call and check on your dog. You won’t be the first or last owner to call the kennel to check, and staff should be more than happy to give you progress reports.
Once you find one or more kennels you like, see if they offer daycare or a trial session for new dogs. Many kennels will allow you to try them for free for a few hours or offer discounted rates for an overnight stay. This helps get your dog used to the facility, staff and being away from you. Usually, this first visit is harder on the owner than it is on your dog.
Get Ready For Boarding
Before you board your pet, make sure all vaccinations, de-worming, flea and tick prevention is up-to-date. Most kennels require all dogs to be up to date on all of their vaccines. You can call your vet and ask if your dog is up to date on all. If needed, do this as soon as possible. Some owners are relaxed about these treatments because their dogs never leave the house.
The day you drop your dog off at the kennel, don’t let your pet see that you are stressed or upset. Make the day fun and exciting so that they associate the trip to the kennel with fun and play.
Will my pet forget me?
A common fear among first-time boarders is that their dog will forget them if they are gone for an extended period of time. This is simply not true, as it is well documented that dogs who have been separated from their dogs for a period of years remember their owners. But all the evidence in the world is often not enough to convince us that our dogs won’t forget us. So, in order to help your dog relaxed at the kennel and set your own mind at ease, it may help to send a blanket/toy/old t-shirt or other items that smell of home. Your feelings will be completely assuaged when you pick your dog up and he can barely contain himself when he sees you.
Dr Sharad Singh Yadav is the Chairman of Advanced Pet Hospital & Research Centre which is open 24 hours throughout the year and located in Bishal Nagar, Kathmandu. He may be contacted on tel: 4422855 or email: email@example.com