Even when a dog has reached a ripe old age, it's certainly possible that they have never set foot (or rather, paw) inside a boarding kennel. There might have always been someone who could take care of your dog while you have been away in the past, but there might come a time when none of your family or friends are available. Boarding kennels are equipped to care for dogs in all stages of life, but when your furry companion is in their golden years, there are a few things you might want to do to make their stay as comfortable as it can be.
Older dogs might be more set in their ways and, as such, might not be inclined to enjoy the constant company of another, unfamiliar dog. Does the boarding kennel offer solo housing facilities? While your dog might interact with other pooches during exercise, they might also be happier when they're able to rest without having another dog around. And yet, if you feel that your dog would become stressed and agitated if they were to be alone in their enclosure, ask that they are housed with dogs of a similar age and disposition. It all really depends on your dog's temperament, and you know this better than anyone else.
The same thing goes for exercise. If all the dogs at the boarding kennel are let into a communal play area at the same time, it's possible that your dog might feel somewhat harassed by having to interact with younger, more boisterous dogs. Similar to shared accommodation, ask if it's possible that their playtime occurs with dogs of a similar age and disposition.
Additional Things Your Dog Might Need
Your dog's age will be taken into consideration, and there are a few things you should provide for your dog's stay at the boarding kennel.
Any specialist food or nutritional supplements they might require.
If your dog has specific bedding that takes their elderly (and potentially arthritic) joints into consideration, this will need to be taken to the boarding kennel.
Any medication (along with clear written instructions for dosage).
The telephone number for your dog's vet (along with an emergency after hours number), as well as a telephone number where you can be reached while you're away.
Human or dog, nobody is ever too old for a new experience. And with some easy planning, your dog is going to have a pleasurable and safe first experience at the boarding kennels.
When I first considered putting my cat into a pet day care centre, I was really unsure if it was the right thing to do. I wasn't really sure my cat would like the experience and I was worried that he would become really stressed. However, after I paid a visit to my local pet day care centre, I realised that I had nothing to worry about. The staff were all really professional and the place was clean and safe. My cat seemed to love his first stay at the pet day care centre so now I leave him there whenever I am not in town.