Tips & Advice
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.
Does a dog need to be vaccinated, spayed/neutered, microchipped, and licensed to go to a kennel?
As a rule, kennels need to have a record of up-to-date vaccinations from their vet before accepting a dog to board. Kennels are more lenient with regards to dogs being licensed, micro-chipped, or spayed/neutered. It’s best to check, but most will not require it.
However, kennels have a general rule against allowing intact (not spayed) female dogs to board when they are in heat.
Do kennels charge extra for dogs with special needs?
It almost always costs more to kennel a special-needs dog. Usually every extra service, from administering medication to special handling (for disabled dogs) to special meal prep carries a surcharge.
If you’re just bringing special canned or dry food from home, there might not be a surcharge. However, it is important to ask a kennel whether they can even accommodate your dog, as even the most common issues (a hot spot, or an Elizabethan cone) may not be accepted at certain kennels. Diabetic dogs and dogs with open wounds are not usually allowed into standard kennels.
Can two or more dogs from the same home stay together in the same pen at the kennel?
Most boarding kennels allow multiple dogs from the same family to stay in one pen (AKA “suite” or kennel run). It is standard for the kennel to offer a family discount in that situation.