Travel can be tough on your older dog, so it makes sense if you decide to leave them at home when you need to go away. At the same time, health conditions and the normal rigors of aging means that long hours alone at home can also be problematic. This is where boarding comes in handy – your dog can have round the clock supervision without the stress of traveling. The following tips can make it easier for your pet.
Tip #1: Schedule a vet visit
Before leaving, make sure your dog is up to date on all of their shots. Older dogs often have weaker immune systems, so it's important to make sure they are protected. Your vet can also provide a full health assessment to make sure there are no conditions to be concerned about while you are away. Finally, ask for a written health plan to share with the boarding facility. This will have your vet's care recommendations as well as the emergency contact number for the vet's office in the event medical care is needed.
Tip #2: Verify the comfort of the kennels
Older dogs have stiffer joints, and many suffer from some stage of arthritis. Before choosing a boarding facility, tour the kennels and make sure they are arranged for an older dogs mobility needs. The kennels should be accessible from ground level or via gently sloping ramps, since older dogs can't easily jump or climb. Each kennel should also provide comfortable bedding to cushion old bones, as well as enough room to lay down with the legs out.
Tip #3: Provide necessary extras
Extras for comfort are sometimes a must for older dogs. Smaller older dogs, for example, may get cold easily so you should provide the kennel with extra washable sweaters for your dog. If your dog has incontinence issues, find out if it is your responsibility to provide extra bedding. Planning ahead can make it easier on both your dog and the boarding staff.
Tip #4: Ask about exercise and play time
Dogs are usually grouped together for walks and exercise time. When it comes to older dogs, you want to make sure they will only be grouped together with dogs of similar age and physical capabilities. Young, energetic dogs can stress out an older dog or make the dog overwork themselves in an effort to keep up.
For more help, contact a boarding facility in your area, such as Crossroads Pet Resort.Share
12 December 2016
After my 13 year old lab had surgery, I couldn't leave her home alone while I went to work. She had to be supervised to ensure that she didn't hurt herself and rip out her stitches. That was the first time that I even considered taking her to a pet day care center. I have grown to love the center that I take her to when I have to work long hours or have commitments that can take all day. If you have a dog that you don't or can't leave home alone, this blog can help you find a pet day care center for your pet and some tips for making the transition into day care easier for you and your pet.