(Mother Nature Network) — Pets Boarding – I asked a friend to keep my dog, Lulu, while I took a business trip to Florida a few years ago.
“How’s she doing?” I asked during a phone call.
“She ran away,” he answered through clenched teeth.
“Did she come back?” I asked.
From that point on, I trekked about 50 miles north to a veterinary clinic that offered pets boarding, and a serene Japanese garden where Lulu could romp freely in the backyard. Depending on your pet’s health and temperament — along with your budget — there are plenty of great options that won’t compromise your friendships.
In addition to food and potty breaks, pet boarding at a veterinary clinic guarantees that your dog is in good hands. Your vet may not have a Japanese garden in the back, but it’s still a safe and low-cost option for your pooch. Unless your dog is a regular patient, expect the clinic to request a copy of up-to-date shot records. Upper respiratory infections can be passed from dog to dog, so the clinic also may require a bordetella vaccine. Some will provide food while others ask that you bring your own kibble and bedding for the pet. Administering medication may cost extra.
If your pet is super sociable, so-called doggie daycares provide plenty of stimulation to ensure that your pooch has as much fun on vacation as you do. In addition to wide-open play spaces, treats and nap time, some facilities even feature doggie cams so you can check in via the Internet when you get homesick. (Caution: Doggie cams are addictive.) At night, dogs sleep in a crate or among the crowd. Obviously this option can be a bit more expensive than a traditional pets boarding facility or a veterinarian, but it allows your pet to run with a pack of friends.
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