Find a good dog kennel
Have you arranged a getaway and can’t take your doggy?
You will need to find him/her a place to stay, and boarding him/her at a kennel may be a very good idea. Your faithful companion will be well cared for, have enough room to play and will be able to let off steam with his/her friends. However, make sure you prepare your dog before the “vacation” begins.
VACCINES ARE ESSENTIAL
It is essential, and even mandatory, that your dog’s vaccines are up to date. Your dog must be vaccinated for kennel cough, plus deworming and flea treatment. If that is not already done, book an appointment at your veterinarian to sort it all out.
A GOOD KENNEL FILLS UP FAST: REMEMBER TO BOOK AHEAD!
Kennels are very busy during school and summer vacation times, and it is not unusual for families who need to board their dogs to book months in advance.
Get info about the options ahead of time and don’t hesitate to ask for advice from your veterinary clinic team; they should know some high-quality kennels! Your family and friends might also be able to help you. When you have chosen your doggy’s kennel, check its regulations, as they vary from one place to another. Some kennels may not accept dogs without a health record.
PREPARING YOUR DOG: THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP
To make the separation easier, consider sending a blanket or toy with him that will smell like you: that will reassure him/her in the first few days. You can also give him/her Zylkene a few days before you leave. It is a natural nutritional supplement which helps your dog’s equilibrium during changes in environment or worrying events. It contains (milk-protein-based) alpha-casozepine and helps your dog relax, without causing drowsiness.
Enjoy your trip!