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Top 5 Boarding FAQs

March 11, 2019

Sometimes a situation arises where it just isn't possible for you to care for your pet for a few days. Perhaps you are going on vacation and pets aren't allowed, or you need to go away for work for a few days.

You may even need to have a medical procedure that leaves you unable to give your pet the care and attention he needs while you are in hospital or recovering. Whatever the reason, placing your pet in the experienced hands of a pet boarding service in Port Charlotte, FL is the best way to ensure that he is properly looked after.

If you haven't boarded your pet before, the concept of leaving him with someone else can be a little overwhelming. We are used to being asked plenty of different things before a dedicated and caring owner decides to place their pet in our care and always strive to answer them as extensively as possible.

Here are the top 5 boarding questions we are most frequently asked.

1. What food will my pet be given during boarding?

Understandably, what your pet will eat while he is in boarding will be one of the most important concerns you have. After all, many animals have a very specific diet and you will want to ensure your pet eats your preferred choice of food and large enough portion sizes so that he doesn't go hungry. Our team would be happy to talk to you about pet's dietary requirements so that we can make sure that we can accommodate them for you. This includes whether he needs a special diet, whether you prefer to provide your own food and anything else that we need to know.

It is important to be aware that many pets don't eat as much as usual while they are boarding. This isn't due to lack of availability, but instead is simply a reaction to being in new surroundings. As such, your pet may seem hungrier and eat more than usual in his first few days home. This is normally and his appetite should settle down quickly.

2. Will you be able to administer my pet's medication?

Animals can become sick and suffer health problems just like humans do. If your pet is already on medication, by choosing to board your pet with an animal hospital in Port Charlotte, FL, there are experienced and knowledgeable staff, you can rest assured that his medical needs will be met while you are apart. This includes administering any regular medications as well as keeping a very close eye on his health and wellbeing while you are away. We have veterinarians on site, so if any medical problems were to arise, your pet could be assessed and treated with the necessary haste, while of course keeping you informed with what is happening every step of the way.

3. Will my pet have his own space?

While some animals are incredibly sociable, some don't play well with others and prefer their own space. For this reason, all pets in our care are given their own rooms based on their size and needs where they can chill out, play and sleep. When it comes to exercise and playtime, there are various options available and we will take your advice on whether your pet needs to be entertained and exercised alone or would enjoy socialization with others.

4. Can I bring items from home?

We want your pet to feel as safe and comfortable as possible during his stay with us. To help facilitate this, we welcome owners to bring a few comfort items from home, such as his favorite toy. Please review with our staff exactly which items you wish to provide, and we will be able to let you know if this is possible.

5. Are all of the animals in the facility healthy?

Viruses and diseases can spread very quickly in environments where there are a lot of animals together in a small space. This is one of the reasons that we take cleanliness and hygiene so seriously so that we can help prevent any pets from becoming unwell. Nevertheless, we do also have strict guidelines on admission with all owners providing proof that their pet is up to date with their vaccines prior to boarding with us. We also undertake a physical check to assess for the presence of fleas or ticks, and if present, these must be treated by us before we are able to admit your pet for boarding. This helps to ensure the safety and happiness of all animals in our care, and our dedicated and caring staff.

No doubt you will have further questions about pet boarding. If you would like our vets in Port Charlotte, FL to help answer these, or if you would like to come and look at our pet boarding facility, please don't hesitate to contact us at 941-214-4250 to make an appointment.