Three things to know when boarding pets

For many pet parents, leaving four-legged friends behind when vacation time rolls around is often difficult. But a reputable boarding facility, such as the Downers-Grove based Cedar Lane Kennels, can help make the transition much smoother for you and your dog by offering a comfortable, fun home away from home. Whether it’s for a few days or a few weeks, here are three things pet owners should know to ensure a great boarding experience for their furry friends:

1. Get current on shots

While boarding facilities have their own admittance criteria, reputable kennels will require that pets be up-to-date on vaccinations, such as Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella, prior to arriving. This helps to minimize the risk of your furry friend becoming sick. Check with the boarding facility to see what criteria must be met.

2. Do a test run

“If kenneling for the first time, consider giving your pet a trial daycare or boarding experience a few weeks before you plan to leave. This will allow your dog to get acclimated to the sights, sounds, and scents of their new surroundings. Additionally, it allows the staff to get to know your four-legged friend. Cedar Lane Kennels offer separation anxiety treatment through our one-on-one play times. It’s recommended dogs are brought to the kennel on the morning of their boarding stay so they have the day to adjust to the new environment.

3. Skip the treats

Taking pets away from a familiar environment can be stressful. To that end, avoid giving treats or special foods prior to drop off as anxiety can lead to an upset tummy and a rocky start for your beloved pet.

Cedar Lane Kennels: 6901 Dunham Road : Downers Grove, IL 60516 : 630.969.1198 :