2 mistakes pet owners often make when using a boarding kennel for the first time

15 October 2018
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There are certain mistakes that many pet owners make when putting their pets into boarding kennels for the first time. Continue reading to find out more about these mistakes.

1. Forgetting to check their pet's vaccination status 

Almost all reputable boarding kennels insist that their customers provide proof that their pets' vaccinations are up to date before allowing their pets into their facilities. The reason most boarding kennels have this policy is that it helps to prevent animals that are suffering from contagious diseases from infecting their fellow boarders.

However, many pet owners who are using boarding kennels for the first time forget to check that their pets have received their vaccinations. If this happens to a pet owner, and they only realise their mistake after they have arrived at the facility and are about to drop off their pet, they will most likely be refused entry to the kennel.

If the owner in question has a holiday planned or an important work trip that they cannot miss, this type of situation could have disastrous and costly consequences, as they may have to cancel their plans or try to find a dog-sitter at the last minute. This is why it is crucial for anyone who intends to leave their cat, dog or other pet at a boarding kennel to visit their vet and check their pet's vaccination status prior to dropping the animal off at the boarding facility.

2. Picking a boarding kennel at random

Not all boarding kennels are alike; they can differ greatly, in terms of their amenities, size and condition, as well as the number of staff that they have. However, pet owners who have never used the services of a boarding kennel before are often unaware of this fact and, as a result of this, often make the mistake of choosing a boarding kennel at random. This can have serious repercussions if they happen to select a facility that is unsuitable for their particular pet's needs.

For example, if they have a timid, anxious dog that gets extremely stressed when it is around other energetic or slightly aggressive animals, and they put them into a busy kennel that keeps its dogs in a communal space for a large portion of the day, that timid dog may end up being traumatised by being trapped with other dogs for long periods of time.

In this situation, it would be better for the pet owner to choose a facility that keeps the animals in spacious, segregated kennels, as this will help their timid pet to feel safe and at ease.