Essentials To Pack For Dog Boarding

At Top Doggy Day Care, we totally get it—leaving your little fur ball at a boarding facility for the first time can be hard, especially for first-time pet owners. Whether you’re off to a much-needed vacation, travelling for business, or just taking some personal time, we understand how tough it is to say goodbye to your dog, even for a little while. But don’t worry; it’s a part of the pet parent journey that we all have to face eventually.

It’s a great way for your dog to enjoy their own little vacation. However, we definitely want to make sure our dogs are comfy and well-prepared for their stay. That’s why knowing exactly what to pack for your dog’s stay at a boarding is essential. 

Why Preparation Matters

Preparation is key to making sure your dog feels at home, even when they’re away from home. A well-packed bag can make all the difference, helping to reduce your dog’s anxiety and making sure they have everything they need for a comfortable stay. Plus, you get that much-needed peace of mind, knowing you’ve covered all the bases. Now what are the essentials to pack?

Essentials to Pack For a Boarding Visit

1. Identification and Documentation

Why It’s Important

Identification and documentation are absolutely essential for your dog’s safety and the smooth operation of the boarding facility. Having the right documents really can make all the difference in the case of an emergency. It also helps us know exactly who your dog is, what they need, and how to provide the best care. From emergency contacts to vaccination records, having everything in order helps keep your pup safe and sound.

What to Include

  • ID Tags: Make sure your dog’s collar has an up-to-date ID tag with your contact information.
  • Microchip Information: If your dog is microchipped, provide the facility with the chip number and registry details.
  • Vaccination Records: Most facilities require proof of vaccinations. Include a copy of your dog’s up-to-date vaccination records.

Medical History: If your dog has any medical conditions or allergies, provide detailed information.

2. Medications and Supplements

Why It’s Important

Just like us humans, missing doses can disrupt their routine, potentially leading to health issues or discomfort. So we definitely don’t want to forget to pack our pooch’s medication or supplements.

What to Include

  • Medications: Pack all necessary medications with clear instructions on dosage and administration.
  • Supplements: Include any supplements your dog takes regularly.
  • Emergency Medications: If your dog has a history of allergic reactions or other emergencies, include medications like EpiPens or antihistamines.

3. Food and Feeding Instructions

Why It’s Important

Maintaining your dog’s regular diet helps avoid digestive issues and keeps them comfortable.

What to Include

  • Food Supply: Bring enough food for the entire stay, plus a little extra in case of delays.
  • Treats: Include some of your dog’s favorite treats to reward good behavior or comfort them.
  • Feeding Instructions: Provide detailed feeding instructions, including portion sizes and frequency.

4. Comfort Items

Why It’s Important

Bringing familiar items from home can greatly reduce your dog’s stress and help them feel more comfortable at the boarding facility, turning it into a second home away from home.

What to Include

  • Bedding: Bring your dog’s bed or a blanket with your scent on it to provide comfort.
  • Toys: Pack a few of your dog’s favorite toys to keep them entertained and relaxed.
  • Clothing: If your dog has a favorite shirt or sweater, include it to provide extra comfort.

5. Leashes and Collars

Why It’s Important

Having the right gear ensures your dog is secure and comfortable during their stay.

What to Include

  • Collar: Ensure your dog’s collar fits properly and includes ID tags.
  • Leash: Pack a sturdy leash for walks and trips outside.
  • Harness: If your dog uses a harness, bring it along to ensure their safety.

Additional Consideration

Emergency Contacts

Why It’s Important

Having emergency contacts ensures that someone can make decisions for your dog if you are unavailable.

What to Include

  • Primary Contact: Provide your primary contact information.
  • Secondary Contact: Include a secondary contact, such as a friend or family member who can make decisions in your absence.
  • Veterinarian Contact: List your veterinarian’s contact information for medical emergencies.

Will My Dog Miss Me?

Short answer, Yes. It’s natural for your dog to experience some separation anxiety, especially if it’s their first time away from you. However, most dogs quickly adapt once they become familiar with their new surroundings and the routine of the boarding facility. To help ease their anxiety, as we stated earlier, bringing their comfort items is a huge help. These familiar items can provide comfort and reassurance during their stay, making the transition smoother for your dog.

Can I Call to Check on My Dog?

Absolutely! At Top Doggy Day Care, we not only encourage but welcome pet parents to check in. We also provide regular updates, complete with photos and videos, to assure you that your dog is happy and healthy throughout their stay.

What If My Dog Has Special Needs?

At Top Doggy Daycare, our dog boarders are well-equipped to handle dogs with various requirements, whether medical, dietary, or behavioural. It’s important to communicate any special requirements with the staff beforehand and ensure you provide any necessary medications or supplies to ensure your dog’s comfort and well-being during their stay. Caring For Dogs With Special Needs

How Do I Know if a Boarding Facility is Right for My Dog?

We encourage owners to have a visit to the facility beforehand, and in fact ask questions about our policies, and observe the cleanliness and staff interactions with the dogs. One of the first things to look out for is for a facility that requires proof of vaccinations and has a strong reputation among other pet owners for providing excellent care.

What If There’s an Emergency?

Reputable boarding facilities prioritize emergency preparedness. At Top Doggy Daycare, we have protocols in place for emergencies, including access to veterinary care and a plan to contact you or your designated emergency contact if needed. It’s essential to ensure you’re comfortable with their procedures before booking your dog’s stay.

Getting your dog ready for a boarding stay shouldn’t stress you out. With a little preparation and knowing what to pack, you can ensure your pup has a paws-itively comfortable and fun time! Remember the essentials like ID, medications, their favorite food, and those special toys or blankets that make them feel at home. By covering all the bases and sharing these tips, you’ll make the whole experience smoother for both you and your furry best friend!

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