Thursday, April 2, 2015
Spring Break Summer Vacation Where's the pup going?
8:34 am edt
Questions to ask and think about
Are you a consumer looking
for a new pet care facility? Here are the key questions you should ask:
the facility a member of an association for boarding, doggie daycare, grooming or training?
is staff-to-pet ratio (how many employees do they staff for each pet)?
- As you tour
the facility, is it clean, sanitary, and secure?
- Does your dog have his own run or
suite, or will he be housed in a crate?
- Is the facility climate controlled with air
conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter?
- If housed in a crate, how frequently
are they let out for exercise and elimination?
- Does the facility have someone on site
at all times?
- If in a run, does it have an indoor and outdoor portion?
- Will your dog be with other dogs not related to them, and how much contact will there be with other dogs?
- What types of cleaning products does the kennel use, and are they pet safe?
- Are there security fences around the boarding area?
- What services does
the facility offer?
- Can your pets go for a nature walk, play Frisbee or ball, and get
- What if your pet requires medication during its stay, how will those be administered?
- How long has the facility been in business?
- What type
of animal care training does the staff receive?
- Does the facility have an evacuation
plan for both on-site and off-site evacuations?
- If your dog requires grooming, what
options do they offer?
- Do they have a dedicated grooming area for the dogs to reduce
stress during the process?
- What types of equipment and products do they use?
- How much experience do their groomers have in special breed cuts?
- Are their products natural and specifically made for dogs and cats (regular human shampoos will dry out skin and
may cause an allergic reaction)?
- Does the facility offer any special treatments for
itchy, dry skin or shedding?
a print version of these questions to have with you when interviewing a pet care facility…