Sometimes, our furry companions don’t get to be our travel companions. If you’re traveling for the holidays, be sure to plan ahead and make sure your pet is taken care of. We at Rice Village Animal Hospital proudly offer boarding! To help you prepare your pet for a stay with us, check out these five tips.

#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. Contact us to see if your pet is up to date.

#2: Learn more about our facility.

RVAH has exceptional care standards to ensure that your pet goes home happy and healthy. Curious about what our facilities are like? Give us a call

#3: Book reservations in advance.

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for boarding facilities, and spots fill quickly. Check with the boarding facility to see how far in advance you should book your pet’s stay.

#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 to the boarding facility’s 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.

Is your fur baby ready for a stay at her home away from home? Contact us today to make reservations.