Special Considerations When Boarding A Younger Pet

Posted on: 4 February 2015

If you recently have gotten a puppy or kitten but have to take an unexpected trip, pet boarding can be a good option. Here are five things to seek out when boarding a younger pet that might need a little extra attention.

1. Make Sure that Your Pet is Prepped

Some facilities require more vaccines than younger animals have received, or that aren't usually administered common indoor cats. Double check with your vet and boarding facility so that you know ahead of time that your pet is good to go with their records. Make sure that a facility can accommodate a younger pet and everything that goes along with this.

2. Bring the Right Food

Many times facilities will provide food if needed, but younger pets should stay on their current diet. You should keep things consistent and bring a supply of your pet's current food and go over this with the facility beforehand. Make sure that both wet and dry food are accommodated if your pet requires both, and that your pet can be on a similar feeding schedule that they are used to.

3. Source a Boarding Facility that Fosters Human Interaction

Younger pets need one-on-one time with people in order to foster socialization. Younger pets often need more affection and extra care than older pets. Make sure that a facility can accommodate spending a little extra time with your pet, even if it just means sitting in the room together with a shy pet.

4. Boarding Facilities with Entertainment

Entertainment for dogs and cats are different, but still needed. Puppies can be placed with other young dogs or smaller dogs to socialize during the day. For kittens, find a facility that has protected larger rooms for cats to stretch, play and climb outside of their normal space.

5. Bring a Friend

If you have an older cat or dog as well, boarding your pets together will make your young pet feel safe. If your pets have formed a bond, this can help them both at a boarding facility. Find facilities that will let same-species (commonly dogs and cats cannot be in the same space) bunk up together rather than be apart.

Pet boarding has come a long way and you don't need to feel guilty about leaving your young pet at a facility. Find a boarding facility that will work with your needs and understand special accommodations of a younger pet. Your pet will be safe, entertained and receive socialization during their stay. To learn more, contact a company like Georgetown Veterinary Hospital Inc. with any questions you have.