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Why Should I Choose a Dog Boarding Facility Instead of My Veterinarian?

Boarding a pet is a situation that comes up more often than most pet owners would like. It is difficult to know what the best option is for your best friend when you will be away from home. Should you choose a dog boarding facility that specializes in pet hospitality or should you use your veterinarian’s boarding quarters so that your beloved pet will be close to excellent care?

The Pros & Cons of Veterinarian Boarding

There are fewer pros to boarding with a veterinary hospital than you might think. A singular pro to boarding with a veterinarian is that your dog will receive immediate, excellent care in the case of an emergency, as long as that emergency takes place during the day. Surprisingly, many veterinarian boarding facilities employ unskilled personnel to supervise animals after hours. The minimal contact that your dog will get will not be from the caring hands of your vet.

The cons to boarding with your veterinarian are unfortunately vast. Your dog likely equates the veterinary hospital with unfortunate situations. Because he or she probably only visits the veterinarian when ill, injured, or to receive shots, staying at this facility may cause your pet undue stress. This stress causes more than mental anguish. It can keep your dog from eating, cause self-induced injury or lead to vomiting or diarrhea.

Dog kennels at veterinarian facilities are often small metal cages that are uncomfortable to most pets who are used to living and sleeping in warm homes. Staying in a harsh, cold environment for days or even weeks at a time can increase the stress of being boarded. In addition, most veterinary hospitals do not have a yard for playtime. Being cooped up in a cold crate for days at a time can cause mental stress as well as physical hardships for your best friend.

Perhaps the most troubling factor in using a veterinary boarding facility is that vacationing pets are housed next to those who are ill. At worst, they could become ill from being so close to communicable canine diseases for extended lengths of time. At best, they can sense the pain and suffering in the air. Dogs are extremely empathetic creatures. If a fellow canine is suffering your dog will most likely be unable to relax.

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The Pros & Cons of a Dog Boarding Facility

There are few cons to choosing a dog boarding facility. If your pet needs special care while you are gone, the boarding facility may not be able to take your dog to the vet of your choosing. However, facilities like Fon Jon Pet Care have a relationship with a variety of high-quality vets.

There are many more pros to allowing your dog to vacation in a dog hotel while you are away from home. These facilities are often much more comfortable for pets. Many have areas that replicate a home-like environment, making your pet feel more at ease. Dog hotels are also more apt to work with you and your pet’s special needs. You may be able to choose what type of food and treats your dog receives, which is not always the case at veterinary hospitals. You may also be able to specify whether your social dog spends time with other pets or if your more solitary companion should be walked solo.

A dog hotel that specializes in dog training can give your companion a boost while you are away. You may have the option of asking for your dog to be groomed or even receive pet training if he or she is a young puppy. Residents of San Diego County often ask for cage-free boarding, which can be an excellent option.

Dogs don’t stop needing companionship at five o’clock. The best dog hotels offer high-quality aftercare. You can rest assured and enjoy your vacation knowing that your pet is comfortable and safe around the clock.

Another benefit to a dog boarding facility is that it will provide additional services besides 24-hour care. They often also offer doggie daycare for those days that you know you will be in long meetings and can’t make it home to spend time with your pet. Dog daycare is an excellent option for much-loved animals that need companionship during the day that you simply can’t provide. A veterinary hospital rarely offers daycare services.

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Whichever choice you make, be sure to contact the dog boarding facility in advance. Take a tour of the spots where your dog will be sleeping and playing. Ask about walks and potty breaks. If possible, get references and do research on your own before using the facility of your choice. You can reference our list of how to choose the best dog boarding facility for your dog to help you determine what questions to ask and what to consider. 

Your dog is a vital part of your family. Make sure the spot your pet is staying is the best. If you need to board your pet, call Fon Jon Pet Care 858-490-2117 in San Diego and learn about the various services we offer, or make an appointment online.

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute veterinary advice. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information presented, it should not be considered as a substitute for professional veterinary guidance. Always consult a qualified veterinarian for specific advice tailored to your pet’s individual needs and health condition.

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