Although a choice for a "dog-sitter" may be familiar to you and your pet, there is still the time that your pet is left alone and unattended. Therefore, more and more pet owners are choosing to board their pets at professional boarding kennels rather than choosing such alternatives as neighbors, friends, or relatives.
Leaving your pet at a kennel is usually more traumatic for you then it is for your pet. There are a few things that you can do to prepare your pet for a boarding stay, and also put your mind at ease:
Kennel life can be very exciting for your pet as well as intimidating. Your pet's eating habits and personality may be very different while he or she is staying in the kennel. Some of these changes range from eating ravenously to picky eating, charging around barking at other dogs to shyness or quietness. Some pets may put on a few pounds while other pets may take it off. These changes are only temporary and not harmful. Your pet will resume normal daily activities within hours of returning home. this is not unlike the time you need to unwind and adjust after coming home from vacation. To make your pets trip to and from the kennel easier on him and you, do not feed him or her for at least 4 hours prior to boarding. Your pet will be very excited and should not have to contend with an upset stomach. Reduced water intake will also help to make their transition more comfortable.