Pet Boarding – What to look for

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With the holidays coming soon, making arrangements to leave yor pets with the best care givers is at the top of our minds. While looking for a safe place to board your digs and cats, use this guide to ensure that your pet has a safe and happy holiday too.

When you leave your pet with a caregiver:

A kennel:  A place where dogs are kept in separate kennels. Dogs are not allowed to mix freely with other dogs except at scheduled times.

Homestay: where your dogs stay as a part of the family. Other dogs who are boarding with the family freely mingle with each other. If they are used to sitting on the sofa, snuggling on the bed or sitting in your lap, here is where you should leave your pet.

Cattery: A place only for cats.

Here is a list of points you must communicate with the care givers so that your pet is fairly comfortable.

Put on a tag with your pet’s name and your number. Important in case your pet goes missing.

Share your veterinarian’s number and an emergency locally available family/friend’s number who can be reached in case you can’t be. Your pet’s vaccinations must be up to date. If your pet is unwell, or requires medicines for chronic conditions, make a list of medicines and write the timing and dose that they have to be given.

Leave a favourite toy or a bed or a blanket with your pet. It is a comfort factor. If your pet needs company or if she/he prefers to be alone mention that clearly. ]If you are boarding your cat in a place where dogs also board, then you may ask for an area where dogs do not go.

Ask for regular updates, but understand that sending hourly pics and videos will be difficult.

Before you send your pet to a kennel, go for a trial run so that the place is not totally new and also so that your pet knows you will come back.

Make bye-bye comfortable. If you are uncomfortable, your pet is bound to sense it and will mirror the same emotion.


That there is no room fur your pet to escape* the property musty be properly fenced in and the kennels clean, well ventilated and safe.

The care givers are kind to animals and can mange pets without use of aggression threats or force.

They have a veterinarian on call.

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan is editor and publisher of Tell Tail, Pune’s only petzine and partner, Petsworld, a pet food and accessories store. ’Furholics’ appears every Saturday on Pune365.
Uma Karve Chakranarayan