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Boarding A Senior Dog 

December 5, 2022

Are you traveling for the holidays? Whether you’re going to a hometown in another state, or meeting up with loved ones for a destination holiday, you’ll be joining millions of other people that are traveling this month. If you have a dog, figuring out what to do with Fido is one of the most important things you’ll need to sort out. If your pup is in his senior years, you’ll need to be extra careful. A local Spring Hill, TN vet offers advice on boarding a senior pooch in this article. 

Have Fido Checked

Before heading out of town, have your canine buddy examined by your vet, just to make sure there are no changes or concerning developments to his health. (This is one great benefit of boarding with your vet: they’ll already have all of his records.)

Pack Properly

You’ll need to find out what you can and can’t bring for your furry pal. If the kennel prefers to use their own bedding, you may want to ask for something extra thick. Pack a few days’ extra medicine, food, and treats.

Ask About Perks

Senior dogs have slightly different needs than puppies. Fido may not need loads of playtime, but he may need shorter but more frequent walks. He may also be more comfortable hanging out with another older pooch than with a rambunctious puppy. Ask the kennel about the various options.

Minimize Disruptions

Pets always feel safest when they’re on set, steady schedules. This only becomes more ingrained as they age. If Fido’s doggy schedule will be very different at the kennel, start making adjustments early. 

Provide Clear Info

Many older dogs have medical issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, or heart conditions. If your canine companion has any health problems, provide that information very clearly to the kennel, both verbally and in writing. You’ll also need to be clear about any medications Fido needs, as well as any food or dietary restrictions he has.

Have A Backup

Many older dogs have medical issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, or heart conditions. If your canine companion has any health problems, provide that information very clearly to the kennel, both verbally and in writing. You’ll also need to be clear about any medications Fido needs, as well as any food or dietary restrictions he has. 

Kennels all have slightly different procedures for emergencies. Make sure you’re clear on what the process would be if something were to happen. It’s not a bad idea to have a backup contact, in case you can’t be reached. This should be someone that both you and your furry friend know and trust. 

Do you need to schedule boarding? Contact us, your Spring Hill, TN pet hospital! 

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