The holiday season is now upon us, and many of you might have travel plans to celebrate elsewhere. If your travel plans don’t include your pet, you’ll want to see to it that your pet is cared for over the holiday season. Greenwood Animal Hospital proudly offers pet boarding! Before you book, here are some tips to make holiday boarding as easy and comfortable as possible for your furry companion.

1. Ensure your pet is current on required vaccinations.

Any quality boarding facility will require that your pet is current on vaccinations. Still, each facility will have its own vaccine requirements, so do your homework before you attempt to drop your dog off. All boarding guests at Greenwood Animal Hospital must be current on vaccinations and free of internal and external parasites.

2. Tour the facility.

When you make hotel reservations, you likely check out the reviews and photo gallery of the accommodations. Do the same thing for your pet, but take it a step further and ask for a tour of the boarding facility.

Here are some considerations when deciding on a facility:

  • Is there a foul odor, or does the facility appear clean and sanitary?
  • Do the dogs play together, and is their play supervised?
  • What is the exercise and playtime protocol?
  • How are cats housed?
  • What is your dog’s outdoor access like?
  • How much interaction does your pet receive? How long is she left alone?
  • What is the protocol if something happens to your pet?

Our boarding rooms are spacious and comfortable for your pet, ensuring maximum comfort while you’re away. Dog guests are walked individually by the staff daily. Cat guests receive individual “purr’ time. Our goal is always to pamper your pet as if it were our own.

3. Book reservations in advance.

We recommend that reservations for holidays be made at least two weeks in advance from drop-off date, due to high demand during these times and limited space available.

4. Pack your pet’s bags.

Dropping your pet off at a new place can be frightening for both of you, but ease the transition with comforts from home. Pack her favorite toys and treats, a cozy bed, and other familiar items. Don’t forget to include medications and supplements, checking to ensure she has plenty for her stay. Avoid upsetting your pet’s gastrointestinal system by also packing her food. A sudden switch in food can cause vomiting or diarrhea.

5. Keep goodbyes brief.

Although it’s difficult to say goodbye and leave your pet behind, ease her anxiety by making your goodbye brief and upbeat. Use a happy tone of voice and skip the overly dramatic, tearful goodbye. A peppy “see you soon” and a pat on the head before strolling out the door will do more for your pet’s happiness than 10 minutes of hugs and kisses.

We’ll take amazing care of your pet while you’re away! Contact us to make a reservation.