Planning on taking a vacation this year? Is the thought of leaving your dog behind troubling you, well there is no need to worry. Boarding kennels can be the perfect place!  Choosing the right once can be a challenge especially if you have not tried kennels before. Below we have created a list to help you narrow down the perfect boarding kennel.

  • Ask Around - A good place to start is to ask family or friends who are also dog owners if they have any recommendations of boarder kennels that they have used or know of any kennels to avoid.  You can also ask over on The pet medicine Facebook page to talk to other dog owners that may be able to give some helpful advice.
  • Visit in person – A good boarding kennel will encourage you to come and visit them before deciding whether to use them and will be happy to give you a tour of the kennels. This gives you the opportunity to look around the facilities and see the standards of care that they provide. It also allows you to meet the staff and assess the relationship that they form with the dogs that they are currently looking after.
  • Certification and Licensing - Boarding kennels must be certified and licensed by their local council. This certification should be out on display on the premises so that you and other customers can see it. However, something to keep in mind is that the licensing only requires them to meet minimum standards of hygiene, feeding, accommodation and care so therefore should not be used as the only deciding factor.
  • Vaccinations – Good kennels will make vaccinations a mandatory requirement before they can stay. If they do not insist on this, it could increase the chances of your dog picking up diseases.
  • Kennel Enclosures – Kennels should be individual from each other; no dog should share with another dog. They should also be secure with solid barriers to prevent anything spreading from dog to dog. There should also be heating in winter and air con in the summer. There should be a generous supply of water for each dog in each kennel.  All of the dogs should also have access to separate exercise runs which should be done at least once a day but preferably more.