There is an ever increasing demand and supply for dog boarding centers that will love to have your four-legged family member stay. Most centers offer bedding, treats, exercise, and love but you might be encouraged to bring other goodies along. Here are some essential items that your pet might need while you are away.
To lower boarding costs and to ensure your dog would have a continuous supply of his dieting requirements, you can pack your dog food. Sometimes changing food sources can lead to upset stomachs or they can even reject the new food offered. If you think your dog will be affected by any change of food, pack enough for his stay in the center. Use zip-lock bags to distribute his daily servings. Ask the center what brand of food they use to feed their guests and if it is included in the overall cost as well.
Medicine & supplements
Make sure all medicines and supplements are labeled corrected along with important information such as appropriate dosage, frequency and time of doses. The instructions should be well written and make sure to add any significant details like storage requirements or if they must be administered with food. You can include medicine for emergency situations.
Favorite toys and a reminder of you
Though the center will offer plenty of toys for your dog, it is best to pack one or two of his absolute favorites. Now include a reminder of you that your dog will be happy with. The item must have your scent and can be any article of clothing, even socks! The toys and apparel will offer a sense of familiarity to your pet, comforting them while you are away.
Do not forget a leash
It is important to pack your dog’s leash so they can be taken for a walk. Some centers may have some but it is best for your dog to have his usual one as well, just in case.
If you forgot to look for a center with time and are going to drop them off soon, remember to take with you all important paperwork or you might have to return home for them. You will be asked to fill a form as well so try to go early. Documents required can be any of the following: medical records, vaccination charts, rule acknowledgment forms, etc.
You will out having a blast while your dog will also be taken care of but that does not mean he or she won’t miss you. Is there anything else you could add that will help keep your dog happy and comfortable? If there is, add that to his/her doggy bag as well. I congratulate you for properly taking care of your pet while you are away. Many owners assume leaving the dog at home with enough water and food is enough. You are one responsible owner!