When Lisa Cook, a lecturer at the University of Central Florida, heads home to New Jersey for the holidays, she leaves behind a beloved family member: Stella, Cook's Australian cattle dog, boards at an Orlando veterinary hospital.
"They insist that Stella be vaccinated for bordatella [an infectious bacterial illness] and rabies," says Cook. "I also take her food along so she doesn't get an upset stomach due to new food."
If you too will be boarding your dog during the holidays, now is the time to plan for your pet's healthy, happy stay. Create a dog-boarding checklist, to avoid last-minute hassles and worries about your pet's health.
The Before-boarding Checklist
Take these precautions before you board your pup:
Questions to Ask
Steer clear of boarding facilities that don't offer direct, fully explained answers to all your questions. Here's what to know:
Share the Right Information
Your dog is more likely to enjoy a safe, healthy stay if you also keep the boarding facility well informed. Let the kennel know the following:
Kim Boatman is a journalist based in Northern California whose work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press and the San Jose Mercury News. She is a lifelong lover of animals.
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