Boarding kennels are a another option, and if you’re lucky enough to have one close by, why not check them into a Pet Hotel!
Consider the following points to help choose the right one for your pet:
Book early: to be sure you will get a place, especially for peak times. Start by looking up different websites and getting a sense of what is on offer. You may also get recommendations from your local vet, dog trainer, or other pet owners. Make a shortlist of places and visit them. If they are unwilling to give you a tour of the place, it may be best to find another option.
Trust your gut feelings as you look around the facility. Look at the pets there - are they happy and stress free? Is the place clean and odour free? Are the staff genuinely friendly and interested to hear about your pet?
Ask what the staff to pet ratio is. It’s best to have a ratio no more than 1:10. Also check that there is someone on the premises at all times.
Ask about their daily routines for feeding, exercise, and play and explain about any special needs your pet may have. Some dogs will not do well mixing with other dogs for communal play and may need more regular, individual walks.
Check that each dog has their own individual indoor space with a comfortable bed and food and water dishes. If you have more than one dog, see if they can stay together. They will also need access to an outdoor run for toileting and movement.
Cats will become stressed if they meet or even see unfamiliar cats so should definitely have their own private kennel space, ideally with shelves or ledges, toys and food dishes at different heights so that they can climb and play.
Consider how secure the facility is. Does it have double doors between inside and out, good high fencing all around play areas, etc.?
Familiarise yourself with the company’s emergency policy.
Ask if there is strict adherence to full vaccination for all pets at least 2 weeks prior to admission. This prevents the spread of disease, especially Kennel Cough in dogs and Cat Flu in cats. Also check for a requirement for flea and tick prevention prior to admission.