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Senior Dogs at Pet Care Facilities

Leaving a pet can be stressful for a pet parent, especially when it involves boarding a senior dog. It can be hard not to worry about the anxiety a doggy may feel and the what-if’s that could occur while you are away.

However, with a little research, a pet parent will find the right pet care facility and all worries will disappear. Packing up a few items jot down some details about your dog’s daily routine, and rest assured doggy will be comfortable and fine during their stay at a wonderful pet care facility. 

Research

Reduce worry when picking a place for your beloved furry family member by doing a little research.

  • Visit the facility with your canine companion. Something can seem perfect over the phone or online but take the time to visit and see for yourself if the place is a good fit for you and your doggy. 
  • Look for a place that will offer the interaction and play style that will fit with your senior dog’s current conditions and lifestyle.
  • Inquire about the vet services that are on property or that are used by the kennel. 
  • Ask about the location’s protocol if they encounter a problem or have a question about your pet.
  • Speak to someone about how they manage medications and special diets for older dogs.
  • If you want extra check-ins or updates, consider looking for a dog kennel that has cameras to allow you to check in on your dog. Many pet parents really love this!

“Providing a more intimate space for our oldest friends is important to their health and well-being. Our Senior Lounge offers beds, blankets, and foam flooring to ease arthritis, our desk staff is close by to give them extra love and attention, and these dogs can mingle with other seniors for some gentle socialization.” – Canine to Five

 

Packing

Make a list and include necessities and items that will make the stay more comfortable. When packing for your elder dogs’ stay at a dog care facility, consider these items. 

  • Emergency contact numbers to reach someone that you trust in case you cannot be reached.
  • Your pets’ vet name and contact details. 
  • Dog food – Senior dogs are commonly on a special diet.
  • Medication(s)
  • Favorite toys
  • Their own comfy dog bed
  • Additional bedding items – Senior dogs could have incontinence issues, so bring easy to wash additional items if this is true for your dog.
  • Any other comforting items – Something that smells like you or home for them to curl up with. 

Dogs are smart. If you have left them before, they probably know what is happening when you pull out your suitcase. You can help cut down anxiety and stress by packing discreetly. Don’t pack in the same room with them or pack after you drop them off if you can. 

Write it down

Provide a list of medications and conditions to the pet care facility so they can address everything while your dog is in their care — this is extremely important. You can share details over the phone or when you drop a pet off, but nothing will ensure your pooches’ special requirements and needs will be met better than if you take the time to write out the details of what your dog will need.

This is especially true when it comes down to medication and mobility needs. For example, provide detailed directions on how to give medication to your dog. Some pets take mediation in food, while others must have it placed in their mouths. Make sure to share the method with the facility that best works for your pooch. 

It all comes down to making sure you pick a dog facility that both you and your senior pet will be comfortable with. Between you and your vet, assess your dog’s current state of health and provide a detailed list of any special issues, medications, or needs that they will need while boarding. Pack everything that is crucial for them to have while you are away and some extra comfort items. If they know what that suitcase means, try to pack on the sly so they don’t get stressed out. 

And remember, your senior dog will be in good hands.

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