It is not unusual for your dog to be tired for a few days after going home from the kennel. It is much like people that have been staying in motels; you just don’t rest as well away from home and are tired from activity and routine changes. Chances are, also, that your dog has been very active or more active than normal during his stay. If your dog seems a little more tired than usual the first few days after boarding, don’t worry too much about it. The thrill of seeing you again and the extra flurry of activity surrounding homecoming may mean your dog needs more rest than usual.
Some pets have no issues with boarding, especially if they were prepared for their stay or have been returning guests. Others feel stressed and are more upset with new surroundings and daily schedules. It is not uncommon for pets to show some behavi15
oral changes. Some pets becoming clingy while others more distant. Sometimes they act out by barking, having accidents in the house, or other digressions in training. These are normally temporary after accumulating back to their normal routine. Reassuring your pet will help them get back on track.
When Your Pet Returns Home
Pets are fed the food that their owner brought when they were dropped off, or if his pet owner didn’t drop of his food, he was fed high quality dry food. Occasionally, pets do not eat as much while they board, due to separation or stress issues so it is “normal” for them to play catch up once they return to their homes. During boarding your pet gets at least 8 hours of exercise and play. This is generally a higher level of activity than most receive at home. If they are active then they are expending a greater amount of caloric energy than normally, and they have usually built up a huge appetite playing all day during their stay.
When you first return home, even it’s your normal pet feeding time it is best to wait at least 60 minutes after arriving home to offer food. It is normal for dogs to be thirsty when they get home. Many dogs get extremely excited about seeing their owners and pant heavily in their excitement. This causes loss of water vapor. DO NOT let them drink large quantities of water, quickly. This could upset their stomachs and cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. Loose stools can also be caused by a diet change or stress, and it is not abnormal for your pet to exhibit this after a boarding stay. All of that tail wagging and jumping for joy can also make your pet’s stomach do flip-flops. That kind of excitement tends to make dogs eat more quickly, which all becomes a recipe for vomiting. Wait until your pup has calmed down before offering food. If your dog is especially agitated or is normally a fast eater, you might even split the normal amount of food you’d give for one meal into two smaller meals.
Day Care $20 per day from 8:00 to 6:00 Week Days
We have expanded to accommodate day time and overnight care for your pets. Book early as we have a limited number of spaces to make sure we have plenty of quality time to spend with you pet. Booking stays require a deposit. A credit card will be required to make reservation and will be charged for $50 deposit, along with any fees incurred with the cancellation policy.
Reservations must be cancelled at least three (3) days prior to pet’s reserved arrival date. A cancellation made within three (3) days of my pet’s arrival date or a no-show will result in forfeiting my deposit of $50. I further understand that if I have not cancelled my reservation within 24 hours of stay or no show, my credit card will be charged for the total amount of reservation.
• Boarding Per Night $30
All of our suites are either 4’ by 4’, 5’ by 5’, or doubles at 5’ by 10’. Bonded pets of the same family may share a kennel. We also offer a quiet room for special guests.
What to Bring
First of all a healthy pet, along with a current vaccination certification. All feed items are to be supplied by the owner. Dry foods should be packaged in individual serving ziplocked bags clearly labeled with pet name and AM or PM. If foods come in not packaged we will do that at the shop for a fee of $5. We can accommodate refrigerated and frozen foods. A safe toy or two for your pet at nighttime or naptime. We cannot allow rawhide, toys that can be swallowed, or damaged toys due to the risk of injury. Beds are ok but make sure they are washable in case of accidents. Sometimes pets chew on these items so they may not be returned in the same condition as brought in. Treats are always welcome too!
Medication and Supplements
We are glad to administer medications and supplements to your pet. They MUST be prescribed by a veterinarian, in the original container and clearly labeled with the name of medication, dose, frequency and veterinarian contact. We are not veterinarians and a medication waiver must be signed on file. Supplements must only be a food item that can be added to the food ration for support of the pets dietary needs. There is a $3 fee per day for this service.
Play Groups and Activities
We create groups of similar styles of play for our pets. We know no two pets are alike and our goal is to create a homelike stress free stay for your pet. Playtime is never an additional fee. Inclimate weather is never a problem as we have plenty of indoor space.
Preparing for your Stay
Boarding is both an exciting and stressful time for your pet. If your pet has not boarded before or a regular to the shop it is best to acclimate them to the process. Start with grooming or daycare followed by an overnight stay before booking a long vacation. It is always good advice to speak with your veterinarian about the health and stress of your pet before boarding.