What To Expect When Boarding Your Pet

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What To Expect When Boarding Your Pet

When you are getting ready to drop off your furry, feathery or scaly family member to stay with us. Here is a checklist of things to consider before you leave your beloved pet with us.


Food- Cat and Dog Boarding and Day Care Services Frederick MDYou may bring your own food for your pet if you want but we do ask that you place it in individual baggies per meal with the pet’s name on it so we know it is for your pet and that is the amount you would like us to feed them.

Any time you or your pet are away from home, it can be stressful. When pets get stressed, they often stop eating. If you think your pets may have this kind of stress reaction, please bring a can of your pets favorite food or let us know when dropping off that if they do not eat we have permission to add something to entice them to eat. We also supply treats but if you want to bring your own, there is not charge.

Cat and Dog Boarding and Day Care Services Frederick MDThere is no need to bring anything with your pet as far as blankets, bedding, or toys because we have everything your pet needs for their say. We have a wide variety of bedding, towels, therapeutic beds, and every kind of toy your pet can imagine


We take extra time here to be sure your pet gets the medication you bring. We ask you to bring your pets medication in the prescribed bottle and make sure it is labeled correctly. If there are any discrepancies in what you are telling us to give and what is labeled by your veterinarian, we will call your veterinarian to double check that it is okay to give the medication the way you have requested. We have peanut butter and cheese here to help administer the medication, but you are more than welcome to buy a bag of our “Pill Pockets” available in several delicious flavors.

Health Issues

Cat and Dog Boarding and Day Care Services Frederick MDPlease let our front staff know if there are any health issues off which we should be aware. We have a special wing of the resort our special needs pets are kept to make sure they are monitored frequently.

Nervous Pets

If, at the time of drop off, your pet is very nervous, we will take the extra time to be sure your pet settles in and is comfortable. Please feel free to call us anytime during our open hours to check on your pet. One of the resort staff will let you know how your pet is doing. If your dog or cat is known to be very nervous away from home or in new situations, they may benefit from a treat called Composure. “This treat contains three main ingredients that work together to support calming and relaxation without affecting the dog’s energy levels or personality.The C3™ colostrum calming complex supports stress reduction and cognitive function; L-Theanine helps the body produce other amino acids to bring certain neurotransmitters back into balance; and B vitamins (thiamine) affect the central nervous system to help calm anxious animals. Composure™ Bite-Sized Chews are available in a delicious chicken liver flavored chew to provide easier delivery.”

Going Home

After a short or a long boarding stay when you pick up your pet, they may be tired. Although we try our best to keep the stress level to a minimum, there is no place like home. so your pet being tired when they get home is not uncommon. Please also remember that leaving boarding and a car ride home may upset their stomach. Don’t give them food or water as soon as your get home, wait a little bit and let them settle in. Then offer them small amounts of food and water.

Tours During High Volume Times

When our house is full, we try not to do tours to protect our guests. It is stressful to have a stranger staring at you while you are trying to take a nap. We LOVE giving tours, but our guests come first so we keep our tours to a minimum during these peak times.

We want to provide the best care of each and every one of our guests. We take extra time to be sure all of your pets are as comfortable as we can make them. Please have patience when checking in your pets for their holiday stay. We want to take the time to make sure all their accommodations and needs are met

Thank you for Boarding with us! We look forward to seeing you

Contributed by Jen Stup, Resort Manager

21 Responses

  1. Joy Butler says:

    I agree that it is a good idea to discuss your cat’s healthcare concerns with your pet boarding service provider from the get-go. It could be useful to write everything down and give it to them so they are aware of every detail. My cat has to take medication every morning so it could be best to talk with them about that to make sure that it happens.

  2. I’m glad you mention make sure any food or medicine you bring for your animal is labeled correctly. Proper labeling would probably ensure that they’re taken care of and stay healthy during their stay. When choosing the boarding facility, you’d probably want to look at their website so you can learn more about their rules and regulations, especially how they pertain to food and medicine, then meet with them in order to make sure they have staff that can properly care for your dog, cat, or any other type of pet you have.

  3. Deb Pearl says:

    That is great that you can bring your own food to a boarding facility! My cat is very picky with their food and likes a special brand. It would be a huge help to be able to give the food to the boarding facility so my cat will be able to eat what I know they like. Thank you for the information!

  4. Derek Dewitt says:

    My wife and I are taking a vacation soon, but we aren’t sure where to start when it comes to boarding our pets for the time. I like that you suggest labeling and explaining any medications that the pets need. We’ll be sure to write some notes down about medications so the vets know what to do. Thanks for the tips!

  5. It’s interesting that you mentioned that pets may be tired when leaving the boarding facility, and not to give them any food or water immediately after getting home. My wife and I are planning on taking a trip to Europe for a few weeks, and we’re looking for someone to take care of our puppy while we’re gone. I decided to look into a boarding facility, and it seems like a great option! Thanks for the information-I’ll be sure to talk to my wife about it.

  6. Kyle Wayne says:

    I like that you talked about bring medication and making sure it’s labeled with instructions. My sister is looking to go out of town next week and is looking to get some pet boarding for her dog. I’ll be sure to talk to her about preparing everything necessary so her dog will be in good hands.

  7. Both my fiance and I will be out of town in a few weeks and we are worried about what to do with our puppy. We want to find an animal boarding service so that we can make sure that he is well taken care of. I will be sure to be aware of his energy level when we pick him up since he may be tired.

  8. I like your suggestion to bring your own food for your pet when boarding your dog. My wife and I are going on vacation this summer and are looking into boarding our boxer puppy. I appreciate the information on what to expect when boarding a pet.

  9. In a few weeks, my fiance and I will be going on a vacation. We want to make sure that our puppy is taken care of while we are gone by a professional who cares for the safety and well-being of our dog. As we look into dog boarding we will be sure to look into bringing our own food for our pup.

  10. I like how you talked about letting staff know if your dog has a health issue before you board the animal. My friend has a dog with a back injury, so if she has to board the dog, I hope she tells them about it. Thank you for the information on making sure to monitor these sorts of dogs to avoid pain and complications.

  11. Lucy Gibson says:

    It’s great to know that you can bring your pets favorite food in case they get a little stressed in a new place. My husband and I want to take a cruise this year. If we do, we’ll want to find a good pet boarding facility to take care of our dog. We’ll need to remember to bring his favorite dog food.

  12. John Ferrell says:

    Finding the right do dog boarding Cincinnati OH center, is important to the well-being of your dog. I like that most dog boarding facilities allow you to bring their favorite treats. This can be a stressful time for your dog so finding a place that will treat them well is essential.

  13. John Ferrell says:

    I’m glad that the article talks about the stress levels that your pet can have after a long cat boarding plymouth meeting pa stay. It is best to let your pet rest and return to their normal self. Like the article states, it takes time for them to adjust after their stay at a boarding place.

  14. It’s good that you’ve mentioned that one of the things that the owner should expect in a pet boarding facility is that they take time to make sure that the pet gets the medication that it needs. I’m planning to go on a vacation for a few days and I don’t have anyone to look after my dog. I’ll make sure to visit the veterinarian first to know if my dog needs some medication. Only after the check-up that I’ll be going to the boarding facility and advice the staff of the medicine that my dog needs to take in.

  15. I am grateful you mentioned that a pet could be tired after being with a pet boarding service. No matter who you are, being away from home is hard. We’ll have to keep this in mind the next time we go on vacation.

  16. Millie Hue says:

    The whole family will be going to a different country for a couple of days for the first time. We plan to look for a pet daycare and boarding facility to leave our dogs since we cannot bring them there, and we have no relatives near the area. I like that you talked about the importance of telling the staff about the history of our pets if they have any medical issues before. Thanks for the reminders!

  17. Go here says:

    Hi Greenbriar, I definitely agree with you. Every pet owner should follow these tips. Especially pet owner shouldn’t compromise about food. It’s mandatory. BTW thanks a bunch for sharing this helpful article with us. You know there are lots of pet owner will be glad to read this post. 🙂

  18. My family is going on a long vacation this summer and we have never left our cat at a pet boarding facility before, so I am glad that I found this article. It is interesting that you say to bring the medication your pet takes and make sure that it is labeled correctly. I will make sure to label everything and provide instructions because this will give me peace of mind that my cat will be as healthy as possible. Also, I will make sure to take a tour of different facilities and make sure the facility is clean and well-maintained.

  19. Thanks for the pet boarding advice. We’re leaving on a long vacation this year, so we’ll need to board our cat for a while. I’ll be sure to baggie each individual meal, like you said. Hopefully, she won’t be too stressed to eat the food she’s used to!

  20. Masselvik says:

    I am so glad that I ordered this Kennel. I was on the fence. It arrived just on time for us to take on an overnight stay and my bulldog took to it right away! She was very comfortable and cozy, however I did put a folded up cozy blanket in the bottom as a bed for her. It is sturdy enough that I put my overnight bag and personal items on top so that she had my scent around her to keep her comfortable. It is so much lighter and easier to handle than I expected and it has a carry handle too. It is also super easy to set up. Takes less than a minute! Highly recommend it!

  21. This is some really good information about boarding your pet. I am planning on getting a puppy this summer. Also, I liked that you pointed out that if your pet has health issues you should let the staff know about it. I wonder if animal hospitals have boarding places if your pet has some serious health issues.

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