Boarding Questions Answered

Will you be going out of town and considering a place to board your pet when you leave? Family and friends may be one choice, but if no one you know will be around when you'll be going, you might need to consider alternatives. If you call Lancaster, PA home, you'll be relieved to know there are more than a few quality pet kennels to choose from.

So what do you need to look for when deciding on a Lancaster dog boarding? You'll want to be certain your dog will be comfortable while you are away. So be sure to check out the kennel ahead of time and pay attention to the following:

Do Dogs Have their Shots?
It is important to find a facility that only accepts dogs that have received their vaccinations.

Cleanliness Standards
Also, ask for a tour of the facility and go over cleanliness standards. If you notice bad odors or see cleanliness issues during your tour, find a different facility.

Sleeping Quarters
Consider a kennel which offers adequate heat, cooling and ventilation to ensure your dog's comfort in all types of weather. You will also need to be certain that your dog has a place to come in from inclement weather. Most kennels offer an indoor pen with an available outside run.

Adequate Exercise
Ask about how often your dog will have time for exercise. Dogs should be allowed exercise at least twice each day, however the more exercise and interaction your dog gets the better. Ask about scheduled exercise and socialization with other pets prior to deciding on a place.

Ask About Food / Medication
Find out the kennel's policies on feeding times and the brand of food your dog will receive. If your pet is on special food or is usually finicky, ask if you can arrange to provide their normal food during their stay. Also make certain to advise the kennel concerning any medicine your pet is taking and arrange to have those medications administered if needed while you will be away.

After you have found a good kennel, you might also inquire about other extra things they provide. Doggie day care amenities in Lancaster are offered as an additional add-on to regular stays at kennels.

Some facilities provide a full time dog grooming worker. You may arrange to schedule grooming while you are away.

Finally, find out if you can purchase pet supplies in Lancaster, PA directly from the kennel or their supplier. You will frequently receive better products than you will see at a big box pet store and save money too.

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