What To Pack For Dog Boarding

Knowing what to pack for dog boarding can be challenging, especially to new owners. It can be a stressful experience, both for pet owners and their furry companions. Whether you’re traveling for work or taking a vacation, leaving your dog in the care of others requires careful preparation to ensure their comfort and well-being. One way to ease the transition for your dog is by packing a thoughtful assortment of items that will help them feel at home during their stay. Here’s a comprehensive checklist of essentials to consider when preparing for your dog’s boarding adventure. 

  • Food and Treats: First and foremost, pack an ample supply of your dog’s regular food to last the duration of their stay. Portion it out into individual meal bags or a sealed container for freshness. Additionally, don’t forget to include some of your dog’s favorite treats for rewards and occasional snacks. 
  • Feeding Instructions: Clear communication is key when it comes to your dog’s dietary needs. Provide detailed feeding instructions for the boarding staff, including the amount of food to be given and any specific dietary restrictions or preferences your dog may have. 
  • Medications: If your dog takes any medications, ensure they are packed in clearly labeled containers with instructions for administration and storage. It’s also helpful to include an extra supply in case of unexpected delays. It is best to send the prescription bottles as is if possible . If this is not possible, make sure to write down the medication name, dosage, and what it is for.
  • Comfort Items: Help your dog feel more at ease in their new environment by packing items that carry the scent of home. This could include a favorite blanket, toy, or even an unwashed piece of clothing with your scent on it. Never send anything that is important to you as it can get lost in the laundry. Clearly label your dog’s firsta nd last name on the item. If unsure, many boarding facilities provide beds and blankets, just make sure to ask!
  • Leash and Collar: Don’t forget to pack a sturdy leash and collar for walks and outings during your dog’s stay. It’s important to always have proper identification on your dog, especially in a new environment. Many facilities provide leashes during walks so always inquire about what is needed. A microchip is the best way to ensure you dog can always be identified
  • Medical Records: Be sure to bring along a copy of your dog’s medical records, including vaccination history and any pertinent health information. This information may be required by the boarding facility and can be crucial in case of emergencies. Ask what vaccinations are required and verify in advance that your pet’s records are up to date.  
  • Contact Information: Provide the boarding facility with your contact information, as well as the contact information for your veterinarian or an emergency contact person who can be reached in case of any concerns or emergencies. 
  • Emergency Supplies: Prepare a small first aid kit for your dog, including items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, and any medications recommended by your veterinarian. Even though boarding facilities typically carry their own first-aid, it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared in case of unexpected accidents or illnesses. If you are still unsure – know the conditions of where you are boarding and ask about emergency procedures.
  • Instructions: Write down any specific instructions or preferences you have for your dog’s care, such as preferred walking routes, behavior cues, or special routines. Clear communication will help ensure that your dog’s needs are met while you’re away. For example, if you know your dog gets food aggressive, let the staff know. 
  • Emergency Plan: Discuss an emergency plan with the boarding facility staff in case your dog requires medical attention or if there are any other unforeseen circumstances. Knowing that there is a plan in place can provide peace of mind during your absence. 
  • Toys and Entertainment: Include a few toys or puzzles to keep your dog mentally stimulated and entertained during their stay. Familiar toys can provide comfort and alleviate boredom in a new environment. 

Preparing for your dog’s boarding stay doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By following this comprehensive checklist and communicating openly with the dog boarding facility staff, you can ensure that your furry friend has a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience while you’re away. Whenever your pup stays with us we provide everything they need so call us and find out how we make your preparation easy. With proper preparation and care, you can assure that your dog has everything they need during their boarding adventure.  We hope this guide helped you know what to pack for dog boarding!


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