Preparing for Your Dog's Boarding Stay: 6 Things to Pack in Your Pet’s Doggy Bag

Preparing for Your Dog's Boarding Stay: 6 Things to Pack in Your Pet’s Doggy Bag

If you are heading out on a trip and your beloved pet can’t come, you might consider bringing them to a boarding facility. Whether they are staying overnight or for a week or a month, you will want to make sure to pack the essentials. To make their visit enjoyable, here are 6 things to pack in your pet’s doggy bag.

#1. Food

A sudden change in diet can upset your pet’s stomach. And in an already stressful situation, you want things to go as smoothly as possible. So, make sure to bring your pet’s usual food. Also, be sure to bring your dog’s food in a sealable plastic container to maintain it’s freshness and easy storability at the boarding facility. It is also a good idea to pack a little extra in case you get held up on vacation. Don't forget to label their food container their name and feeding instructions to help their boarding team.

#2. Medication and supplements

Does your dog take medication and/or supplements? Write down the instructions detailing the number of doses and the scheduled times for the staff to follow. Your boarding facility will make sure to administer them to your pet as required.

#3. Toys

As long as your dog isn't possessive, our boarding facility has plenty of great toys for your dog to play with and share with the other dogs. You're welcome to send their favourite toy to enjoy in their sleeping area.

#4. Personal item

If your dog is nervous or anxious about visiting the boarding facility, there’s a couple of things you can do to help them relax. Sleeping in a new environment can be stressful for some dogs, so send along their familiar bed or blanket from home to help them settle in. If your dog is extra sensitive, you can also send along one of your t-shirts that you’ve worn recently. Having things that smell like home is very comforting for your dog and will help them settle in much faster.

#5. Emergency contact information

It is always a good idea to leave your emergency contact information with the dog boarding centre. Include the names and phone numbers of friends or family members the staff can contact in case of an emergency. You will also want to provide the contact information of your veterinarian, as they have all your dog’s medical records.  

#6. Be honest about your pet’s personality

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your pet has a great time at the boarding facility is, to be honest about your pet’s personality. When we know how your pet behaves around people and dogs, we can set up their environment to best suit them. If certain things stress your dog out or cause them to react in surprising ways, please let us know. 

Being separated from your pet can be tough on both you and your pet. But with a little planning and packing the right stuff, you will enjoy your vacation knowing your pup is happy and having fun playing with new friends.  

Don’t hesitate to contact Ruff Stuff with any other questions or concerns about what your dog needs for their boarding stay!

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