Archive | September 2013

Qualifications For Cage-Free Boarding

You love pets. You care for them. You follow all that your veterinarian advises you that are good for your beloved pet. One of the things that your veterinarian could mention is that of cage free boarding. It is a place that people take their pets for training, grooming, day care, and yes holiday – while you get to holiday too.

How to qualify for cage-free boarding?

For Simi Valley and surrounding area residents, there are quite a few options to choose from. You would find it a great idea, it may perk you up! But wait! Does your darling qualify? Well, these boarding’s, based on their goals and objectives do set a qualification procedure, so it is reasonable to expect certain regulations that empowers it to serve in that direction better and achieve the goals and objectives. Let’s take a dog for example. The boarding veterinarian would check him to ensure he meets precise health and character related requirements in order to become a visitor of a private boarding home, animal hospital, pet resort, a commercial cage-free boarding facility or any other type of cage-free boarding facility.

Animal Hospital

4 to 6 months is the typical minimum age for permitting admissions. Admission to pets less than 12 months of age, may seek additional fee.

Before proceeding, it is advisable to check out reports from fellow canine lovers or from the various mediums as to which establishments would not entertain your breed as most have breed restrictions. Usually American dog breeds such as American bull dog, boxer, Rottweiler, American pit bull terrier, Akita, Chow chow, Bull Terrier, Cane Corso, miniature bull terrier, presa canario, American Staffordshire terrier are the restricted breeds. You may check out the private ones, who might permit if they have none at all.

One of the admission criteria is size. This is usually and thankfully true only for private homes. Some homes may prefer only small dogs.

It may be worthwhile to note that rates are often based on the size of the dog.

It is advisable to book in advance; in certain seasons the demand for admissions shoot high.

Do remember to check out if the cage-free boarding facility specifies the type of collar dogs should be having on. Generally a standard nylon collar with a plastic quick release buckle works for all.

Dog boarding in cage free

Aggressive dogs are discouraged for admission. However this factor does not play an important role at establishments where they have separate enclosures for feeding. Dogs in cage-free boarding environments are meant to hang out, play and may sleep together. Given the highly interactive atmosphere like this, squabbles may break out from time to time but since guests have been screened by the veterinarian, serious injuries are less likely to happen; usually the attendants keep an eye for glaring behavior that needs action.

No report of ill health, typically in the last 30 days, prior to admission is one of the basic requirements. It should not be carrying any communicable diseases and fleas and ticks. While certain establishments may not mind dogs being on a flea and tick prevention program during specific months of the year, do not be surprised if others want to ensure if the pet is on a monthly flea and tick preventive such as Frontline Plus.

Most such establishments would seek to know whether your pet is current with preventive vaccines – DHPP, DHLPP/DA2PP/5-in-1, Rabies (pups within the last 12 months), adult dogs (within the last 36 months), Bordetella (the intranasal form, within the last 6 months, booster within the 12 months). It may be worth checking the establishments’ preferences whether they accept titers or exclusion of certain vaccines – advised by a veterinarian.

Some, mostly larger cage-free boarding facilities, may accept dogs that are not spayed or neutered; if they did, they may not allow them to play with other dogs. Others insist – for the ones between 6 to 12 months of age – to be spayed or neutered. Private ones usually avoid admitting females in the heat.

Certain private boarding homes may require dogs to be potty trained.

Establishments may have a procedural requirement to see your pet in advance – a pre-boarding interview – and evaluate temperament and problems that may adversely affect other inhabitants. Dogs with behavioral problems may be denied admission; in certain instances, they may be admitted if arranged to be looked after and trained, at a separate fee.

Advertisements