Tips & Advice
Can a pet still be boarded if it doesn't get along with other animals?
Pets that do not get along with other animals may incur an additional fee. Some facilities have special solitary sleeping and play animals for these types of pets.
What should be brought along when dropping off a pet at a kennel or boarding facility?
A checklist for what to bring to a pet kennel includes:
- Vaccination records
- A favorite toy or blanket
- Food and feeding instructions (if the pet has dietary restrictions or is a picky eater)
- Medication (if necessary, in its original bottle and with written instructions)
Will there be a veterinarian on staff at the pet kennel?
Some pet kennels have veterinarians as part of their daily staff, while others only have vets part time or on call.
Can kennels accept pets with special medical or dietary needs?
Most kennels can provide basic care such as administering medications, but owners of pets with serious medical issues should choose a facility with a veterinarian on call.
How easy is it for a pet to catch Bordetella (kennel cough)?
Bordetella, commonly known as kennel cough, is highly contagious, and most dogs catch it at least once in their lifetimes. As such, all dogs should be vaccinated at least 7 days before boarding.
What vaccines does my pet need prior to boarding at a kennel or pet boarding facility?
Vaccination requirements vary between facilities, but a good rule of thumb is to give dogs the rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough), and DAPP (canine distemper, canine adenovirus type 1, canine parvovirus, and parainfluenza) or DA2PP (distemper, adenovirus type 2, parvovirus, and parainfluenza) vaccines. Cats should get the FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) and rabies vaccines.
Do animals get fresh air or exercise at a kennel or pet boarding facility?
Kennels and pet boarding facilities generally incorporate exercise or play time into the cost of a night's stay. Dogs often get one or two walks per day as well as access to a solitary or group play area. Cats also get a large room to play in filled with toys, scratching posts, and climbing towers.
What accommodations and services will a pet receive at a kennel or pet boarding facility?
Basic accommodations include a sleeping area and scheduled food and water. The average kennel or pet boarding facility also offers ample play areas and toys to keep pets entertained. Some also provide simple grooming services like baths and nail trimmings.
How much does it cost to board a pet?
Pet kennels, boarding facilities, and pet hotels offer different accommodations and price their services accordingly. Some provide bedding, food, and a basic crate, while others offer private luxury rooms. Prices also vary based on the animal being boarded. Below are some common price ranges:
- Dog: $15-$70 daily
- Cat: $10-$40 daily
- Small animal: $20-$35 daily
What types of animals do pet kennels accept?
Most kennels and pet boarding facilities accept cats and dogs. Some facilities also take reptiles, birds, rodents, and exotic pets.