Tips for Boarding Your Furry Best Friend this Summer

As summer vacation travel begins, be sure to include the family pets in your vacation
plans. Whether you choose an in-home pet sitter or a boarding kennel, Better
Business Bureau Serving E. MA, ME, RI & VT (BBB) urges you to take the time to
find a top-notch facility, as they can book up fast. BBB offers tips to help pet
owners choose the best care for their four-legged family members.
 

If you believe your pet would do better in the comfort of your own home, you may
want to hire a professional pet sitter. Consider the following tips when choosing a
sitter.

        
Recommendations - Ask friends, family, or your veterinarian if they can recommend a
professional pet caregiver. Be sure to interview prospective pet sitters to find
out what services they will provide and whether they are trained to administer any
necessary medications or emergency first aid.
        
        
Fees and services - Find out what their fee includes and their payment
requirements. Some pet sitters are willing to do non-pet related chores, such as
bringing in the mail, watering plants, turning lights on or off or even staying
overnight.
        
        
References - Ask the pet sitter for personal references and call them to inquire
about the quality of pet care they received and if they were happy with the service
provided.
        
        
Record - Check out any prospective pet sitters with BBB’s Accredited Business
Directory. Be sure to read reviews, complaints and important information on their
BBB Business Review.

 

Boarding - If you are boarding your pets at a kennel, BBB recommends taking the
following steps. 


        
Get recommendations from your veterinarian or check with the American Boarding
Kennels Association. Check out boarding kennels with BBB’s Accredited Business
Directory where you can read reviews, complaints, and more. 
        
        
Visit multiple facilities and check for cleanliness, safety of the kennels, quality
of the conditions, and how comfortable the staff is with your pet. Be sure to check
that the kennel has sufficient ventilation and lighting. 
        
        
Ask if the kennel is properly licensed. Research your state’s specific
animal-to-staff ratio and animal-to- square footage requirements to see if the
kennel you are considering meets those requirements.
        
        
Note the friendliness of staff members and ask about their experience. Be sure to
ask if anyone is on the premises overnight.
        
        
Make sure the facility requires all pets to have proof of immunizations and ask
about their procedures for flea and tick control.
        
        
Facilities may not allow you to drop off or pick up your pet on weekend days which
may extend the stay of your pet and increase the cost.
        
        
Find out how the facility will keep you updated. Many top-notch facilities offer
live web cams so you can see your pet via their website. Be sure to ask about
procedures in case your pet has a medical emergency.