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Boarding Your Dog? 3 Tips to Make the Process Easier

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Whether you are traveling for work, a vacation, or through the holidays, you will need a safe place for your dog. Many people ask friends or family members to take care of their dog while they are away. However, boarding your dog in a kennel you trust can be a great option because professionals will work hard to ensure your dog is both happy and healthy.
For some people, the boarding process can be a bit overwhelming, but proper understanding and preparation will make you and your dog more comfortable. Here are a few tips to prepare for the process of boarding your dog.


One of the first things you need to do is make sure your dog has all of their vaccinations. These vaccinations are important for a few reasons. While they keep your dog safe and healthy, the vaccines also protect other dogs in the kennel. In addition to these health benefits, certain vaccines are required before boarding your dog.
Something that dogs can easily catch without proper vaccination is kennel cough. Kennel cough is viral, meaning the infection can spread through the air. While surprising to learn, kennel cough can also transmit to other dogs through toys and shared food or water bowls. If other dogs have the virus, your dog may be at risk of developing it as well.
To protect your dog and other dogs at the kennel, your dog must have the Bordetella vaccine. This will reduce the risk of your dog developing kennel cough while also protecting other dogs in the kennel from this respiratory virus.
The DHPPC vaccine is also required before boarding. This vaccination protects your dog from a variety of issues including distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza, and the corona virus.
Your dog must also be up-to-date on their rabies shot and have had a negative fecal check within six months of boarding.
Finally, your dog should be on some sort of flea prevention.


Just like you will pack your own belongings to travel, you will need to pack your dog's belongings so both your dog and the kennel will have what is necessary during their stay.
Make sure to bring a copy of all of your dog's vaccinations and proof of flea prevention. Also, provide the kennel with any medications and dosing instructions so they can administer the medication while you are away.
Many dogs have food allergies or food intolerances that cause digestive discomfort or skin and coat issues. If your dog has food allergies or intolerance, notify the kennel and provide them with a supply of their special food to ensure they are fed and healthy while boarded.
If you feel your dog will be more comfortable with their own bedding or toys, you can pack these items for them to have while they are in the kennel.


On average, 20 percent of dogs have some form of separation anxiety. Your dog may act out when they are alone or when they are in a new place away from you because they have emotional distress. Signs of separation anxiety include the following:
  • Excessive pacing, running, or jumping
  • Urinating and defecating
  • Barking or whining
  • Abnormal scratching, chewing, or digging
  • Attempting to escape
If your dog shows the above signs at home when they are alone, they most likely have a form of separation anxiety. Unfortunately, your dog may also exhibit these signs while they are in the boarding facility away from you.
Your dog will often notice any emotional distress you experience. Therefore, prevent your dog from experiencing any anxiety by keeping calm and relaxed when you bring them to the boarding facility.
If necessary, talk to the veterinarian about your dog's separation anxiety. In some instances, anti-anxiety medications may be helpful.
To board your dog with ease, contact Healthy Paws Veterinary Hospital & House Calls.