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Ask a Country Vet
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.