If your holiday travel plans don’t include your pet, you might be looking for some options for where your pet can stay. We at Raintree Animal Hospital proudly offer boarding care! But before you drop off your pet with us, be sure to check out these tips to help minimize stress for you and your furry companion.

#1: Ensure your pet is current on required vaccinations.

Any quality boarding facility will require that your pet is current on vaccinations. Still, each facility will have its own vaccine requirements, so do your homework before you attempt to drop your fur baby off. Contact us to check to see if your pet is up to date on his or her vaccines.

#2: Tour the facility.

We specialize in quality boarding for your cat, dog, or exotic pet. Each facility is specifically adapted to your animal, and we offer a variety of amenities to make sure your pet is having fun on their vacation! Our facility is extremely clean and well maintained by our kennel team. We would love to show you around. Feel free to come in and take a tour.

#3: Book reservations in advance.

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for boarding facilities, and spots fill quickly. Check with us for availability. 

#4: Pack your pet’s bags.

Dropping your pet off at a new place can be frightening for both of you, but ease the transition with comforts from home. Pack her favorite toys and treats, a cozy bed, and other familiar items. Don’t forget to include medications and supplements, checking to ensure she has plenty for her stay. Avoid upsetting your pet’s gastrointestinal system by also packing her food. A sudden switch to the boarding facility’s food can cause vomiting or diarrhea.

#5: Keep goodbyes brief.

Although it’s difficult to say goodbye and leave your pet behind, ease her anxiety by making your goodbye brief and upbeat. Use a happy tone of voice and skip the overly dramatic, tearful goodbye. A peppy “see you soon” and a pat on the head before strolling out the door will do more for your pet’s happiness than 10 minutes of hugs and kisses.

Ready to make a reservation for your furry pal? Contact us.