As you would assist your child with starting school, helping to prepare your pet for holiday boarding will mean they can adjust to the changes easily. Make sure you add these tips to your holiday preparation checklist!

Book A Trip To The Vet

Dog Vet
At least 2 weeks prior to your dog or cat being placed in their pet hotel, book in a visit to the vet. Some boarding kennels or catteries will have special conditions that have to be met prior to your drop-off date, so ensure you check what’s needed.
This is a list of things to ensure are up to date:

  • Vaccinations & boosters.
  • Flea & tick protection.
  • Worming

If your pet is on medication, provide enough to the pet carer to cover the time you are away, plus a few days extra just in case. It’s also important to supply the kennel or cattery with a current script in case of any mishaps.

Food & Comfort

Dog and Cat
Cat and dog’s stomachs can be very sensitive to sudden food changes. Prior to dropping your pet off to their holiday accommodation, ensure you provide the carer with enough of your cat or dog’s preferred food and treats for the time you’re away. This is only required if your pet has a sensitive stomach or the pet hotel uses a brand different to the one your cat or dog is used to.
It’s also a good idea to pack a few of their favourite toys and a blanket with your scent on it so they can find some comfort in your absence.
Write down a list of anything your pet is allergic or sensitive to and what to do should your pet have a reaction. It is also a good idea to let them know of any tricks to help calm your pet down if they become anxious. Be sure to supply your vet’s number and where they can reach you in case of an emergency.

Questions To Ask Before Booking

Dog and Cat Playing
Before booking your beloved pet into holiday boarding, ensure you ask these important questions to evaluate if they’re a good fit for your pet:

  • Are there any special requirements that need to be handled prior to drop-off?
  • Can I bring my own cat or dog food/treats to be supplied to my pet?
  • How often and how long are exercise/play times?
  • Is there mixed play time (with other pets)?
  • How do you handle health issues/emergencies?
  • What extras can be added to the boarding agreement?

How To Prepare Your Pet

Cat Cage
It can be a big shock for your pet to go from being cuddled at home to being cared for by a stranger. Performing these steps leading up to their excursion can help them adjust to the change:

  • Place your pet in their travel cage for short periods of time. Ignore them if they start to bark, meow or scratch and reward good behaviour with a treat.
  • If your pet has never been in the car, take them for small trips in their carry cage.
  • Check with the boarding kennel or cattery if you can bring your dog or cat in prior to their visit so they can meet the carers and have a sniff around.

Looking For A Boarding Kennel To Provide Total Loving Care While You’re Away?

Check out these reliable, pet-loving boarding kennels in Darwin on LocalSearch!

The Furry Godmother Pet Resort
While you’re on holiday, give your pets a pampering experience of their own with the caring team at The Furry Godmother Pet Resort. Their services include:

  • Fully air-conditioned kennels and catteries.
  • Executive suites with televisions and furnishings.
  • Shaded exercise yards and much more!

As well as being a place to call home while you’re away, The Furry Godmother Pet Resort will help keep your pet fit and well behaved with supervised exercise and confidence-building activities.
To find out more about their services and facility, check out their LocalSearch profile page today!

Purrs & Paws Pet Resort-NT Agent For Ozpet Transport
The caring team at Purrs & Paws Pet Resort will help your pet feel safe and comfortable while they’re away from home. Their services include:

  • Dog and cat boarding.
  • Insulated kennels and Klub Kat-Set in Garden Tranquillity.
  • Hydrobath, music, treats and much more!

You can travel with ease knowing your pets are being pampered by the friendly team at Purrs & Paws Pet Resort.
For more information on their pet care services, visit them on LocalSearch!