Not knowing what to expect can be one of the most daunting prospects of placing your precious pet into boarding.
After all, you want to be certain that she receives the love, care, and attention she deserves while you are apart. You also want to rest reassured that she is in safe hands should she become unwell or a medical emergency arises.
We are asked many different questions when owners are considering boarding pets in Destin, FL for the first time. Here are our top 5 boarding FAQs.
1. Why Should I Board My Pet at an Animal Hospital?
There is a range of different reasons why you should entrust the care of your pet to an animal hospital over a friend, colleague, or relative, or indeed a pet sitting service. Ultimately these all come down to experienced, trained professionals being able to provide around the clock care that your pet needs and deserves.
Professional boarding facilities are designed specifically to provide comfortable accommodations for your pet. Key advantages of choosing an animal hospital for your pet’s boarding include:
- Trained, experienced professionals to care for your pet
- Medical support on hand should it be required
- The best tools and equipment on site
- A total understanding of animals and their needs
- A commitment to giving pets the best care possible
- Ensure that all animals within the facility meet certain stringent health regulations, keeping your pet safe from disease
- Lots of love and attention from animal-loving staff
2. What Will My Pet Eat when Boarding?
Your pet’s nutrition is vitally important to her overall health and wellbeing. As such, it is obvious that this is one of the key concerns of owners who are looking into boarding their pet. It is generally not recommended to change an animal’s diet for a short period of time, particularly if they are heading into a potentially stressful situation such as boarding. Even pets who have been boarded before can still become anxious at the prospect of temporary separation from their owner.
If your chosen boarding service doesn’t offer the current brand of food that your pet is eating, speak with them about the option to provide your own. Most, particularly those, like us, situated within an animal hospital, understand the importance of continuity of their food and will happily serve the food you provide.
3. Will My Pet Be with Other Animals while in the Care of a Boarding Facility?
Many owners are concerned about their pet mixing with other animals while in their chosen boarding facility. We, along with many other boarding services ensure that each animal has their very own space to sleep, eat and relax away from other animals in our care. This gives them the space they need to feel secure and comfortable. Walking and socialization may be offered, and you will be able to talk to your chosen boarding about what opportunities there will be for your pet to mix with other animals should you want her to. Bear in mind that if certain things are undertaken as groups, such as walks, choosing to have your pet cared for on a 1-1 basis may incur additional charges.
4. My Pet Has a Medical Condition, Can She Still Be Boarded?
One of the best things about choosing an animal hospital for your pet’s boarding is that you can be confident that her medical needs will be well taken care of. Not only will staff be competent and inexperienced in administering a range of different medications, but there will also be trained professionals on hand should your pet become unwell. Just ensure that you speak to your chosen boarding service about your pet’s medical requirements at the time of arranging her stay.
5. Is There Anything that Might Prevent My Pet from Being Boarded?
Since boarding services typically have a number of animals in their care at any one time, you can expect to be asked to ensure that your pet adheres to certain rules before she can be admitted. These typically refer to her preventative care, such as ensuring that all of her necessary vaccinations are up to date and that she has been recently wormed and protected against fleas. Your facility will speak to you about admittance rules when you speak to them.
If you have additional questions about pet boarding, our friendly and committed team would be delighted to answer them for you. Or if you would like to schedule a visit to see our boarding facilities in Destin, FL for yourself, please take a moment to contact our animal hospital at (850) 837-7072.