Boarding kennels are the traditional form of pet care over holiday periods: here are a few tips.:
- Plan as far as possible in advance: the best kennels are booked out for the summer season and if you leave it too late, you won’t have the same level of choice of places to use
- Double check that your pets’ vaccines are up to date, especially for Kennel Cough. If vaccines have gone out of date, you could be refused entry into boarding kennels at the last minute.
- Leave your pet in to your chosen boarding kennel for a trial weekend before the holiday period. If this goes well, you’ll have more confidence that all will be well for the longer holiday period.
- Many countries – such as the UK – have strict government-run licensing systems for boarding kennels and catteries, to ensure that high standards are maintained.
In Ireland, there’s no such system: anybody can set up a boarding facility, running it in whatever way they see fit.
Boarding kennels can be run in sheds, garages and private back yards.
There are no rules, and it’s a free market.
- As a result, it’s up to pet owners to screen kennels on their own, and this can be difficult for many people who may not be aware of the subtleties of looking after animals.
- At busy times of year in particular, people can be so desperate to find somebody to look after their pet that they’ll accept any level of care that’s available.
- So, part of planning your pet's holidays is calling to any Kennels you might use.
If you asked to call by appointment, ask why.
Be wary of excuses like 'the dogs will be disturbed'.
- Kennels who don't welcome visitors are best avoided.
- And remember, if there are kids in the family, bring them along.
Where their furry friend goes on holiday is important to them too !