How to Select the Best Boarding For Your Dog (& Cat)

How to Select the Best Boarding For Your Dog (& Cat)

Our Orlando vets understand that leaving your dog or cat behind when you travel can be nerve-racking, especially if your pet needs medical assistance. Today, we explain how to choose a good pet boarding facility and discuss when you and your furry friend might benefit from boarding.

Leaving Your Pet When You Travel

Whether you are heading out of town on business for a few days or going on vacation for a couple of weeks, you’ll need to arrange appropriate care for your pet.

Our vets know that choosing who to trust and deciding what kind of care your pet needs can be challenging. That said, doing some research into local dog and cat boarding facilities and the services they offer can help make your decision easier.

Dog & Cat Boarding in Orlando

When you think of boarding facilities, do you picture a dingy, grim building where animals remain locked in their cages for long periods? We want you to alleviate your concerns, because times have changed.

Today’s pet boarding facilities range from pet spas and summer camps to medical boarding for pets in need of extra attention, with pricing that ranges from affordable to extravagant.

Facility Features

Price is often a reliable indicator of the level of service you can expect from a given boarding facility. If your cat or dog will be treated to a luxurious hotel-like space with soft furniture to lounge on and TV to watch, you’ll pay more than you would to board your pet at a standard facility with roomy crates and fenced dog runs.

If you’d like your feline companion to be pampered during their stay, some specialized cat boarding facilities have cat gyms full of numerous cat-friendly toys, scratching posts and platforms to jump onto.

Have a canine companion you’d like to treat to an active adventure? Book your pup into a fun camp experience. Dog camps across the country offer lots of time for your four-legged friend to explore the outdoors, in addition to facilities for playing and swimming with other dogs.

However, just because a facility has a long list of extravagant features doesn’t mean it’s the best place for your pet, or that your animal will receive better care there.

In our modern boarding facility, your dog can have fun playing and befriending other pups while you’re away, and your cat can relax in a clean, fresh-smelling environment while being lavished with plenty of attention and love.

There are different pet lodge rooms to fit your needs, including dog cages, cat condos and luxury runs. Additional playtimes are also available at extra cost, and we offer Sunday pickup for your convenience for an extra fee.

During a typical day at our pet lodge, all dogs are treated to 4 daily walks and meals given at your requested time. We strive to keep your pet's routine as close as possible to what they would experience at home.

How to Choose The Level of Service That’s Right for Your Pet

Which level of service you choose for your pet will factor into the price.

Standard care for dogs at most boarding facilities includes:

  • A clean, roomy kennel for your pup to sleep in
  • Exercise time outdoors before breakfast so your dog can stretch their legs
  • Breakfast served in the kennel
  • Out of kennel playtime in the middle of the day to allow your pooch to burn some energy
  • Dinner served in the kennel
  • Evening bathroom break
  • Standard care for cats in most boarding facilities includes:
  • Clean private crate with plenty of room to move and space for the litter box
  • Frequent visits by staff to ensure that litter box is clean and that your cat has a good supply of food and water
  • Clean bedding so your kitty can relax comfortably and watch the world go by

Standard care for cats at most pet boarding facilities includes:

  • Clean private crate with plenty of room to move and space for the litter box
  • Frequent visits by staff to ensure that litter box is clean and that your cat has a good supply of food and water
  • Clean bedding so your kitty can relax comfortably and watch the world go by

Other services commonly available at pet boarding facilities:

If you are looking for something a bit more special than a standard boarding facility, many facilities also offer the following services:

  • Specialized veterinary care
  • Training
  • Grooming
  • Shuttle services to and from the facility

When to Consider Boarding Your Pet

If you’ll be traveling or your pet needs extra attention while they recover from surgery, you will likely be able to find just the right level of care for your best friend, at a price point you can afford. Of course, this will also depend on your personal preference and availability of services in your community.

If you are in Orlando, you might want to consider East Orlando Animal Hospital’s animal boarding facility. We would be happy to discuss your pet’s needs and what level of care would be the best fit for your animal.

Interested in learning more about our pet boarding services? Our team is happy to address any inquiries or concerns you may have. Contact East Orlando Animal Hospital today to book an appointment for a tour.

Caring for Pets in Orlando

Caring for Pets in Orlando

East Orlando Animal Hospital is always happy to welcome new clients to our full-service animal hospital. We look forward to meeting you and your pet!

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