When you are searching for a pet boarding kennel, it is imperative to find a boarding kennel that is comfortable for both your pet and you. A good place to start is by talking with your veterinarian, family, neighbors, and friends for recommendations. Once you find a kennel you are considering, it is essential that you ask the right questions and know what to look for when you visit the kennel. If you live in or around Fairfax Station, Clifton, or Lorton and are looking for a pet boarding facility, contact our team at Crosspointe Animal Hospital.

Before an Extended Stay

If you have not boarded your pet before, especially if you are boarding an exotic animal, arrange for a short overnight stay before your planned extended stay. For instance, consider an afternoon of daycare to ensure your pet will be comfortable in the kennel. This will also allow you to make sure the caretakers can care for your pet and meet your pet’s needs. When picking your pet up from their short stay, make sure to pay close attention to his behaviors, such as is he desperate to leave the kennel or is he happy but tired?

A Checklist for Pet Boarding

The first thing to do is to call the kennel to make sure they have space available for the time you need. Make sure the kennel is certified, clean, and ask how many other pets will be boarding at the time of your pet’s stay.

If you are considering boarding an exotic pet, not only is it important to find out if the kennel boards this type of animal, but also make sure the kennel has experience with the types of animals you are boarding. This checklist will help you make sure you and your pet are prepared for boarding:

  • Ask about immunization requirements and make sure your pet is up to date on immunizations.
  • During your tour of the kennel, look for things like play areas, how many staff members are present, and how they are interacting with the animals. Ask how often the pets are taken outside, will they have access to fresh water, and will the pets sleep in their own area.
  • Provide the boarding staff with detailed information about how to contact you if an emergency arises. Provide contact information for a friend or family member to contact in case you cannot be reached.
  • Don’t forget to bring your pet’s favorite food, toy, and blanket for the stay.

Contact Crosspointe Animal Hospital for Pet Boarding

If you live in Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton, or the surrounding areas and would like to learn more about our pet boarding services, contact Crosspointe Animal Hospital. Call our team today at (703) 690-6600 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.