Going on holidays soon?

Before considering whether to board your pet please first check their vaccination records to make sure they have been vaccinated within the past 12 months.

If your pet is due for a booster vaccination get this done well ahead of time to ensure that he or she is protected from common diseases whilst in the boarding facility. It is best to have your pet vaccinated at least 2 weeks before taking them to boarding so that they and the other animals in the facility are protected.

When choosing a boarding facility, there are a number of factors to consider, such as:

  • How big are individual kennels or cages?

  • Is there any natural light?

  • Will your pet have access to a run during the day?

  • How many kennels or cages are there in the complex? Fewer kennels or cages may mean a quieter, calmer stay.

  • Do the kennels smell bad? If so, this can indicate poor hygiene or ventilation problems.

  • Are the staff/owners welcoming, friendly and polite?

  • Do they require proof of vaccination? Vaccination is a legal requirement to help prevent the spread of disease.

  • Are there signs of overbooking or overcrowding?

  • Do they provide food or can you provide your own pet’s specific diet?

  • Can they medicate your pets if required?

  • Which veterinarian do they use in an emergency?

You will need to inform the boarding facility of any health problems your pet may have had or is prone to. If medication is to be administered you should let them know at time of booking. Write down the dose, frequency and name of the medication or, better still, take the whole medication package including your vet's dosage label with you to the boarding facility.

If your pet is on long term medication, ensure that you take along extra just in case.

Please provide the boarding facility with our details in the event that your pet needs veterinary attention in your absence.

An ideal boarding facility for your pet has a relaxed, calm atmosphere, created by having fewer kennels/animals, a design that minimises stress and allows maintenance of a high standard of hygiene.

Please give us a call at Mont Albert Vet on 9890 1728 to discuss boarding and determine if your pet is up to date with the required vaccinations.