Heading out for the holidays, but not taking your furry companion with you? Pets are an important part of the family, so it’s only natural to worry when leaving them in the care of someone else. At Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital, we want to help put your mind at ease. Here are some tips to help ensure a positive boarding experience.

Make sure your pet is current on required vaccinations.

Any quality boarding facility will require that your pet is current on vaccinations. Still, each facility will have its own vaccine requirements, so do your homework before you attempt to drop your dog off. For the safety of our boarding guests, all pets must be current on their wellness exams and vaccinations (completed within 12 months prior to the date of boarding). Contact us to check on your pet’s vaccinations.

Tour the facility.

When you make your own hotel reservations, you likely check out the reviews and photo gallery of the accommodations. Do the same thing for your pet, but take it a step further and ask for a tour of the boarding facility. When checking out your pet’s resort, consider what’s essential for your pet’s comfort and safety:

  • Is there a foul odor, or does the facility appear clean and sanitary?
  • Do the dogs play together, and is their play supervised?
  • What is the exercise and playtime protocol?
  • How are cats housed?
  • What is your dog’s outdoor access like?
  • How much interaction does your pet receive? How long is she left alone?
  • What is the protocol if something happens to your pet?

We offer a clean and safe boarding facility that’s temperature-controlled for the comfort of our guests. Our canine boarders can enjoy indoor and outdoor runs while our feline guests are kept in their own separate areas for relaxation and play. And, of course, all pets receive plenty of tender loving care. For pets that stay overnight, we have a trained night attendant available to supervise them.

Book reservations in advance.

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for boarding facilities, and spots fill quickly. Check to see how far in advance you should book your pet’s stay.

Pack your pet’s bags.

Dropping your pet off at a new place can be frightening for both of you, but ease the transition with comforts from home. Pack her favorite toys and treats, a cozy bed, and other familiar items. Don’t forget to include medications and supplements, checking to ensure she has plenty for her stay. Avoid upsetting your pet’s gastrointestinal system by also packing her food. 

Keep goodbyes brief.

Although it’s difficult to say goodbye and leave your pet behind, ease her anxiety by making your goodbye brief and upbeat. Use a happy tone of voice and skip the overly dramatic, tearful goodbye. A peppy “see you soon” and a pat on the head before strolling out the door will do more for your pet’s happiness than 10 minutes of hugs and kisses.

We gladly welcome dogs and cats that are current patients at our hospital to stay with us. To make a reservation, contact us.