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Board­ing your buddy for the hol­i­days? Coun­try vet Dr. Tricia Earley of­fers a lit­tle ad­vice.

First, I highly rec­om­mend ask­ing for a tour of any board­ing fa­cil­ity that you are con­sid­er­ing. Make sure the ken­nels ap­pear clean and safe and pro­vide am­ple room (think 6' by 8' for large breeds and 4' by 5' for smaller or toy breeds). Ask how many times a day your dog will be walked out­side for potty breaks (the an­swer should be at least three). Many pet ho­tels of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties to play with other dogs or with the staff. This is a won­der­ful way to pro­vide ex­tra fun and ex­er­cise, but in­quire about su­per­vi­sion dur­ing group play, as not all dogs get along. Pack your dog’s reg­u­lar food for con­sis­tency (an abrupt change in diet can up­set any pooch’s tummy) and fa­vorite toys and bed so he or she can have some­thing fa­mil­iar while Mom and Dad are away. Most im­por­tantly, make sure the pet ho­tel has im­por­tant con­tacts, such as your phone num­ber and vet­eri­nary in­for­ma­tion.

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