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Tips for choosing a pet kennel. Make sure to provide your pets name and any pet medications that your pet may be on to the staff at the kennel.

Friday, May 28, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-hugYou are planning a vacation and are now faced with the task of selecting the proper kennel for your pet. Here are some tips that may help you out.

  1. Call the kennel to determine whether it would be able to accommodate your pet during the time that you will be away. Also discuss any special situations such as a very large dog breed, special pet medications, whether your pet is a very young kitten or puppy etc. Make plans to visit the kennel. Always do this ahead of time.
  2. During your visit, check out the cleaning procedures. The kennel should look and smell neat and clean.
  3. Some dog kennels have a policy where visitors are not allowed in the area where the animals are kept. The reason for this is that visitors can bring in different diseases and bacteria because they don’t follow the same disinfecting procedures as the staff does.  Another reason is that some pets are afraid of strangers and can get stressed.
  4. Give the kennel your vets  name and telephone number.
  5. Give the kennel the name and telephone number of the place where you will be staying. It’s also a good idea to check in with the kennel at  some point during your vacation to make sure that your pet is doing OK.

An advantage of a good kennel is that the staff is usually trained to look for signs of illness in your pet. Friends and family who care for pets in your absence will not notice this.

If you do your research, your pets stay at the kennel will not be a bad experience for him.

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