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Choosing a Great Dog Kennel

At one time or another, just about every dog owner has to board their dog at a kennel facility. You may wonder how to go about choosing the right one for your pooch. Look no further than your Poway veterinarian’s advice, found below.

Ask for Recommendations

Good old fashioned word of mouth is usually a great way to find a good dog kennel. Ask trusted friends, relatives, or coworkers who have dogs about their experiences at kennels, and what they might look for. Also ask the advice of veterinary professionals—call your veterinarian’s office to get a pro’s opinion of the best kennels in your area. Do some research online as well, looking for positive reviews from reputable websites.

Personal Visits

Once you’ve narrowed your choice down to a few kennels, visit each one in person. If a kennel doesn’t allow you to visit and see the grounds and boarding facilities before your dog’s stay, it’s best to pick somewhere else.

While you’re there, note the general cleanliness of the facility. Is it free of dirt, well-lit, and well-ventilated? Indoor and outdoor dog enclosures should look sturdy and secure. Also take note of what you smell—if you can detect the stink of urine from the kennel’s office, the ventilation or cleaning services probably aren’t top-notch.

Talking with Staff

Don’t hesitate to talk with the kennel managers, supervisors, and other staff while you’re visiting. It’s very important that you trust the people you’re leaving your pet with, so ask yourself if you feel comfortable with the staff members. Great kennel employees are friendly, welcoming, animal-loving individuals just like you.

Don’t forget to ask what is included in the boarding package. Some kennels offer only the basic services, while some will charge more for extras like walks, plush beds, high-quality kibble, or grooming services. Always know what you’re paying for!

Your Poway veterinarian can offer more helpful tips on finding the perfect kennel for you and your dog. With sound advice, a little research, and some patience, you’ll be on your way towards giving your dog a great vacation while you’re gone!

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