With summer just around the corner, many of our clients have been contacting us with questions about our boarding services. We understand that leaving your pet for an extended period of time can be stressful for you both. We also realize you want to know that your furry friend is in good hands and receiving the love and care he or she deserves while you’re away.

So, if you’re planning on hitting the open road this summer, but won’t be taking your pet along for the ride, here are some helpful hints for preparing your pet for his or her stay at Elmhurst Animal Hospital’s Dog Suites and Kitty Condos.

Reservations

Just as your favorite vacation destination reaches capacity during peak travel times, so do our boarding facilities. To ensure that your pet will be able to stay with us while you are away, we encourage you to book your pet’s stay at Elmhurst’s Dog Suites and Kitty Condos as soon as your own travel dates have been secured.

Sniff us out

Once your reservations are made, we encourage you to bring your pet in to “sniff us out” before the big stay. If possible, book an overnighter for your cat or dog so he or she can get an idea of what to expect during his or her stay. Or, bring your dog in for a day or two of Doggie Daycare at our facility. This is an excellent opportunity for your pooch to get to know our staff and relax and enjoy the fun we offer.

Even if a short stay is not possible, we encourage you to bring in your pet for a quick visit, at the very least. Getting to know the staff and smells of our kennel facility will go a long way in alleviating any anxiety when the big stay arrives.

For the records

For your pet’s safety, as well as the safety of all our borders, we require all pets staying at our Dog Suites and Kitty Condos to be current on their vaccinations. For dogs, this includes rabies, distemper/parvo/corona, and bordetella vaccinations as well as a fecal test. For cats, rabies, feline distemper, and bordetella vaccinations and a fecal test are required.

If your pet is not current on these vaccinations, or if you are unsure of your pet’s vaccination status, simply check with our friendly staff when making your reservation. We will be happy to schedule an appointment, if needed.

The big stay

As you pack for your big adventure, don’t forget to pack for your pet’s big adventure as well. We all like the creature comforts of home while we are away, and your pet is no different. Feel free to bring your pet’s favorite toy or blanket, or any little thing that might make him or her feel at home. Something with your scent on it is always a good choice. The smells of home are comforting for your pet and let him or her know that he or she has not been abandoned.

It’s also important to communicate any of your pet’s special needs to our staff, including allergies, anxieties, health concerns, grooming considerations, etc. It is our goal to make your pet’s stay as comfortable as possible, so whatever they may need is of great importance to us.

Finally, as you say your see-you-soons to your fuzzy friend, try to remember to stay calm and positive about the coming experience. If you are stressed and emotional, your pet will pick up on that and may become worried as well. But, if you’re excited, your pet will be too.

Should you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to take your reservation and answer any questions you might have.

Bon Voyage!