Boarding Advice

Boarding Advice.

For cats.

 

When boarding your cats with us we request that a few simple requirements be met in order to facilitate your cat's holiday.

 

  • Our policy on vaccinations requires that all cats entering our cat boarding facility have proof of annual vaccination covering the last two years before the date of boarding. If you are caught short and your pet is overdue or has not been vaccinated at all we are still able to offer to take care of your cat however it will be boarded in our hospital and we will bring your pet's vaccinations up to date. We recommend at the very least cats be vaccinated against feline enteritis and feline respiratory disease (cat flu),
  • All cats must be desexed.
  • Cats coming in to board with us must be brought in to the hospital in a suitably secure cat carry cage. This allows your pet arrive in the securest, safest and hopefully the most relaxed way. It also allows our staff to move your pet around if necessary and when the time comes, to safely discharge your pet from the boarding facility.

 

 

 

 

  • We feed only super premium dry cat foods in our cattery but you do have the choice to bring along your pet's own special favourite foods or the diets you might prefer to feed your pet if you wish.
  • Feel free to bring along any special bedding, toys, cat grass or anything else you think your cat might appreciate and which will make their stay as enjoyable as possible.
  • Regular medication and special prescription diets can be given to your cat while you are away on holidays. Just make sure that any necessary instructions accompany them.
  • We will need to know about any underlying problems that your pet may have and if necessary, any testing or other veterinary procedures that might need to be carried out while your pet is boarding with us.

 

 

For dogs.

 

For dogs, routine vaccinations against canine distemper, canine parvovirus, canine hepatitis and the kennel cough complex are mandatory for boarding facilities. If you are intending to board your dog when you go away feel free to call our clinic and we'll advise you on what needs to be done to ensure that your dog is properly vaccinated before going into boarding.   

 

When choosing a dog boarding facility, there are a number of factors to consider, such as:

 

  • How big are individual kennels?

  • Is there any natural light?

  • Will your pet have access to a run during the day?

  • How many kennels are there in the complex? Fewer kennels may mean a quieter, calmer stay.

  • Do the kennels smell bad? If so, this can indicate poor hygiene or ventilation problems.

  • Are the staff/owners welcoming, friendly and polite and clean and neat in appearances?

  • Did they require proof of vaccination? Vaccination is a legal requirement to help prevent the spread of disease. If they don't bother to see proof of vaccination, don't board with the facility.

  • Are there signs of overbooking or overcrowding?

  • Do they provide food or can you provide your own pet’s specific diet?

  • Can they medicate dogs if required?

  • Which veterinarian do they use in an emergency?

 

You will need to inform the boarding facility of any health problems your pet may have had or is prone to. If medication is to be administered you should let them know at time of booking. Write down the dose, frequency and name of medication.

 

If on long term medication, please ensure you take along extra just in case. Make sure you provide the boarding facility with our details in the event that your pet needs veterinary attention in your absence or they need discuss any medication requirements.

 

An ideal boarding facility for your pet has a relaxed, calm atmosphere, created by having fewer kennels/animals, a design that minimises stress and allows maintenance of a high standard of hygiene.

 

Please give us a call to discuss boarding and determine if your pet is up to date with the required vaccinations.