Guest Author - Claudine Williams
Although many hotels and resorts are now accommodating pets, sometimes you just canít bring your pet with you. It might be too expensive or maybe too much of a hassle. If you are planning to take a long flight, it might even be safer for your pet if you leave him or her in your hometown. Donít forget your pet during the planning stages of your trip. You certainly want your beloved family member to be safe and comfortable while you and the rest of your family is away.
Make sure that your petís shots are up to date. Most pet resorts have certain immunizations that are required prior to boarding. I almost made the mistake of thinking that I could just take my own pet to get a shot a day before the trip. The kennel may require that you have had your pet immunized several days before your trip, just to make sure that the animal does not have an allergic reaction while boarding.
Visit the place where you plan to board the pet. I suggest that you visit several different places. Itís always better to have choices. If you have the luxury of time on your side, you can make the rounds, ask questions, take tours, and compare amenities and prices. Doing this legwork ahead of time will reduce some of the apprehension that you might feel while you are away. You will have the peace of mind in knowing that you made the best choice for your pet.
When selecting a resort, consider your petís age and socialization history. Pets that are skittish or high-strung around other animals might do better in a private kennel rather than a play area where the several animals mingle in the common area for most of the day. The added stress of being around other unfamiliar animals could make your pet more nervous and stressed. You also need to consider if your pet is aggressive (snaps, snarls or bites) towards other animals when afraid or intimidated.
Consider the size of the accommodations for the pet. Are the kennels rather small? Will your pet have access to sunlight and an area to exercise? How well are the animals supervised during playtime? Some kennels have larger areas for pets. These kennels are more like small rooms than kennels. They might even have a television, a video camera so that you can watch streaming footage of your pet over the internet, and playtime with an employee.
Look out for kennels that have strong chemical smells. If you canít stand the smell, your pet probably wonít like it either. Ask the kennel personnel if the animals are disciplined in any way. You should also bring your pet with you on visits so that you can see how she reacts to the kennel personnel and the environment. If your pet seems skittish at the place, youíll know in enough time to possibly select another choice.