Preparing Your Pet for Holiday Travel Plans

October 20, 2015 at 9:06 AM by Nikki Wardle

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it, plans for travel to see family and friends. Taking your dog or cat with you on a trip isn't always an option. From the stress caused by long car trips or airline flights to difficulty finding hotels willing to accommodate pets, finding a good cat or dog boarding facility is often the very best option.

Choosing a Great Home Away From Home

Knowing that your beloved pet is receiving the best care possible will help you to relax and enjoy your trip. These tips can help you make the best of the situation.

  1. A good kennel looks and smells clean. Schedule a visit to the boarding facility well in advance of your trip. You shouldn't notice any strong odors other than those normally expected when animals are present. The kennel should be nice and clean, both indoors and out.
  2. Kennel security. Lost pets are often the result of inadequate boarding choices. Confused pets may decide to simply go home or go in search of their owners. For these reasons, good security is an absolute must.
  3. Safety first. Kennel enclosures should be free of sharp edges, with no objects lying around that dogs could chew or swallow. Kennels should also have adequate fencing to keep your pet safe from behavior that may result when other dogs or cats feel threatened or insecure.

A Happy Kennel is a Healthy Kennel

You'll want to know what your pet will be eating while you're away, and if adequate fresh water will be supplied at all times. You'll also appreciate knowing that veterinarian care is close at hand in the event of illness or accident.

Advance planning is the best way to make sure your pet's boarding experience is a good one. At Intermountain Pet Hospital and Lodge, we provide a variety of caring services and activities for dogs and cats left in our care. Contact us today to schedule a visit!

Topics: Dog Boarding

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.