What to Look for in a Boarding Kennel
While visiting the facility, make a point to inquire about the feeding schedules. Most boarding kennels will feed twice a day and use the same brand of food for all of the spitzs. If a spitz is a picky eater, find out if the facility can offer additional feeding options, or if food can be brought in from home. Some facilities will charge more for extra feedings and some will not allow this option. While most facilities do allow food to be brought in, a few will charge over five dollars for each feeding for the extra effort.
Also consider the bedding used, as well as the toys available. Most kennels will offer items similar to what any spitz currently uses, such as bones and chew toys. This can greatly add to the comfort level of a spitz in a new surrounding. Make sure that any toys used are sterile and used only by one spitz and not shared. Even though the other animals may seem healthy, colds can be transferred before any symptoms even appear. Ask if owners are allowed to bring in a spitz's favorite toy from home. This may not be the icebreaker for the place chosen, but it is nice to know. Also ask about activities such as walks or games that will be played.
Health Concerns in a Boarding Kennel
- Does the facility administer medication, if a spitz needs routine medication?
- Is there a veterinarian on call for emergencies or injuries?
- Will the facility contact an owner immediately if something happens?
- Are there procedures in place to monitor the health of the animals in the facility's care?
Any qualified facility should be able to recognize any issues that arise, and be able to handle them caringly and professionally.
Boarding Kennel Prices
Make sure the facility chosen understands the stress boarding your spitz can cause to both the owner and the pet. They should be willing to answer all questions asked, and should be very understanding if an owner wants to call and check in. Once a quality boarding kennel is found, the hard part is done. There will be a safe environment for the family pet, hopefully for years to come.