Boarding Kennel Advice – Going on Holidays Soon?

Before considering whether to board your pet, please 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 make sure this is done at least 1 week before they go into boarding.”


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

  • How big are individual kennels?
  • Is there any natural light?
  • Will your pet have access to a run during the day?
  • How many kennels are there in the complex? Fewer kennels 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?
  • Did 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 dogs if required?

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 the time of booking. Write down the dose, frequency and name of medication. If on long term medication, please ensure you bring 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. An alternative is to seek a reputable house sitter with reliable references. This may be a great option for shy or anxious dogs who are more comfortable in their home environment.

Please give us a call to inform us if your pets are being cared for by a kennel or pet sitter so you can provide us with your emergency contact details.