Boarding Your Pets: What You Need to Know

 In Pet Boarding

Summer is here, and for many of us, that means it’s time to travel. While it’s always fun to bring your pets along for the ride, sometimes that’s just not feasible. In cases like this, you don’t have to stress about what to do with your beloved pet because you can look into boarding your pets.

About Boarding Your Pet

Boarding your pet is when you leave your animals with a trusted caretaker while you’re away. This can be for a night or two, or even an extended period of time.

According to The Dog People, pet boarding facilities aren’t always specific to pups only. Some may look after cats, birds, or even reptiles.

Why You Should Look Into Boarding Your Pets

For some people, asking a neighbor, friend, or family member to watch your pet is an option. There are many people who don’t have anyone they can trust to watch their four-legged family members, however.

While you may be tempted to just leave your pet at home with lots of extra food and water, that’s not a good idea. For animals who have food anxiety, they may eat all the food before you even get out the door. Then there’s the chance that they could get sick, and you would have no idea.

A pet boarding facility will keep your animals safe while you’re away, making sure they have plenty of food and water, as well as meeting their other needs.


Leaving your pet behind with strangers may be stressful, and you may be wondering just how safe it is. Here are some tips from the American Kennel Club about how to find the right pet boarding facility for your animals.

  • Tour the facility prior to leaving your pet. Bring your animals along to see how they react.
  • Ask about certifications, professional memberships, and how long they’ve been doing this.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for references of repeat boarders.
  • Ask how much training and experience do the employees have?
  • Find out what type of immunizations the pets being boarded are required to have.
  • How clean is the facility?
  • Is your pet going to get plenty of exercise while you’re away?
  • Who takes care of your pet at night?
  • What do they do in a pet emergency?


When you’ve got to head out of town, you can board your pets with us here at Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital. Our facility is designed to house dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and other exotic animals.

Schedule an appointment to come tour our facility today.