I am getting ready for a vacation to Hawaii and I want to make sure my dog has good care while I'm gone. This is the first time I have used a kennel. Can you give me some tips for choosing a temporary residence for my best pal?
While you are soaking up the rays on Hawaii's beaches the one thing you do not want to worry about is what kind of care is being provided for your dog back home. Finding a good boarding facility is important for your pet and your piece of mind.
Here are some things to look for when choosing a kennel:
- There should always be someone on the premises, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
- Most kennels don't have a vet on staff, but one should be on call or at least near the kennel in case your pet has a medical emergency.
- The kennel must provide quality food for your dog or allow you to bring your dog's usual food and any necessary medication.
- You, or a family member or friend, should be allowed to visit the dog at any hour. You should be suspicious of any kennel that has limited visiting hours.
- Find out what kind of runs the kennel has for the dogs. Cement is the best because it is easy to clean. Your dog should have its own separate run, so it will not be exposed to any problems or germs other dogs might carry and make sure the kennel only admits dogs that are fully vaccinated.
- You should feel comfortable with the people running the kennel. If they are not nice to you, chances are good they will not be nice to your pet.
- Trust your instincts and remember, you get what you pay for. The best price may not be your dog's best bet