DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A story about a dog dying shortly after returning home from a kennel has led other animal lovers to question how to make sure their pets are safe if they have to be boarded.
“You can read reviews all day long, but you can only see so much online,” pet owner, Kalee McSwain, said.
If you’ve never boarded an animal before, the process might seem intimidating. However, there are steps that you can take to ensure your pet stays safe while you’re away.
Step number one: take a tour.
“You want to make sure it (the kennel) is good and clean,” veterinarian Ben Garrett said. “You want to make sure it’s got good ventilation, it’s well lit, and comfortable.”
Step number 2: in case of emergency, make sure the kennel can reach you while you’re away.
“If something does come up that they need to talk with you about and if you have a veterinarian that you’d like to use while they’re being boarded, you might want to leave that information for them too,” Garrett said.
The fear of a beloved pet being mistreated while staying in a kennel is real. However, Garrett said it’s normal for animals act a little differently their first day back home — and it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve been abused.
“They get home and they tend to want to drink a lot of water,” Garrett said. “It’s not that they haven’t had water, it’s just that they’re excited about being home and they tend to want to drink a little bit more water.”
Garrett also told News 18 that it’s normal for an animal to sleep more on its first day back home.
That being said, if your animal is not back to itself by the next day, it may be time to go to the vet.