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Jul 30 2015

3 ways to reduce the anxiety of boarding your pet

This week, I sent my son off to scout camp.  It was the first time he had ever gone somewhere and spent a few nights in a strange place without me.  Although I knew he was safe and would have a great time, it was difficult to say “goodbye” to him.

Boarding your pet at Grafton Animal Hospital for the first time probably sends the same mixed emotions.  Your pet is safe in our temperature-controlled, veterinary-supervised facility that is monitored for fire and theft by our alarm company’s central station.  Your pet will have tons of fun in our 20,000 square foot exercise yard, socializing with other dogs and people, and possibly having a spa day with our professional groomer, Carolyn, before going home.  But you may still have some anxiety.  Here’s what you can do to make the trip easier on both you and your pet:

1. Stop by ahead of time for a tour.  Stop by anytime Grafton Animal Hospital is open for business and meet our friendly staff, see our big play area and smell our clean boarding runs.  Just knowing your pets are in good hands may put your mind at ease.

  1. Make it like home.  We want to make your pet’s visit as much like home as possible.  Please leave your TV and giant beds at home, but feel free to bring in your pet’s regular food, familiar toys or even a t-shirt with your scent on it.  If your pet is on any medication, we will give it as needed.
  2. Keep needed healthcare up to date.  Keeping your pet’s vaccines, exam and lab tests current will ensure your pet’s trip is more enjoyable.  If a pet is due for needed healthcare, they may have to board in an isolation area to protect them against contagious diseases.  Also, the pet may not enjoy leaving their camping area to visit the veterinarian.  Schedule a visit with Dr. Frost or Dr. Raiff a week or more before your boarding stay so your pet can spend all their time enjoying camp.

If you want to learn more about boarding, stop by or give us a call at 898-8433.

(Photo:  Kennel Assistant Joshua with Shay Rilee, who recently stayed with us)

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