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Tips for Successful Boarding

All:

  • Bring your pet’s blanket or bed or tuck in a t-shirt or sweatshirt you’ve been wearing. Your scent will comfort your pet when it’s time to curl up for a nap.
  • Be sure your pet is up to date on her vaccinations (see specifics in categories below).
  • Always let us know if your pet has any special needs.
  • Provide your pet’s regular food and treats. Include a couple extra days’ worth in case your travel is delayed. Your pet also might appreciate a particularly tempting wet food when getting settled in its new surroundings.
  • If this is your first time boarding, allow for a few extra minutes at check-in, in case you have questions or issues you want to discuss.
  • Please do not bring any hide-type products (i.e. rawhide, pig’s ear, snouts, etc.) or products made with or containing the above as they present a choke hazard.
  • Please do not bring any rope toys as they present a choke hazard.

Dogs:

  • Our Play Date option is great for dogs that are used to regular play and socialization, but if your pet isn’t used to several hours of play per day, you may not want to sign him up for hours of playtime.
  • Bring along two favorite toys for your pooch to play with when in their suite (please do not bring rope, rawhide or pig’s ears – they present a choke hazard).
  • Consider a pheromone treatment (spray, collar or wipe), if your dog is stressed about leaving home. Pheromones are a form of chemical communication in animals. Calming or appeasing pheromones have been found to help relieve their stress and anxiety.
  • Dogs are required to have up to date rabies, distemper/parvo and Bordatella vaccines.

Cats:

  • Travel with your cat in a carrier. It’s safer, it’s less scary if there are other animals in the lobby when you arrive, and holding your cat too tightly actually makes arrival more stressful.
  • Introduce your cat to the carrier a few days ahead. Put favorite toys or treats in it so kitty won’t find it so alarming.
  • Pack your cat’s favorite blanket or bedding. If it fits in the carrier, it should fit in our kitty condos with their 19x21-inch floor space.
  • Consider a pheromone treatment (spray, collar or wipe), if your cat is stressed about leaving home. Pheromones are a form of chemical communication in animals. Calming or appeasing pheromones have been found to help relieve their stress and anxiety.
  • Cats are required to have up to date rabies and distemper vaccines.

Critters:

  • For critter care, bring environment essentials such as a heating lamp, running wheel, etc.
  • Bring any special bedding.
  • Remember to bring their food, treats, and vitamins.
  • Include any fresh fruits and veggies that your critter is used to having.
  • Let us know if you will be using one of our cages or your own - if you bring your own cage, please bring a plastic water bottle as well. However, no need to bring dishes.
  • If you don't bring your own cage, you can still bring their favorite toys and "furniture" along.
  • If you cover your pet’s cage at night, please bring it along.
  • Ferrets are required to have up to date rabies vaccines.  We don’t require other critters to have any vaccines.