Planning the perfect vacation but not sure where to place your pet for the week? Planning vacations are exciting, but it can also present another problem of deciding where your pet will receive the best care. It might seem like the best option is to keep your pet at home while a friend or neighbor visits daily to feed them. However, they may not be able to give your pet the special care and attention they need while you are away.

Professional kennels allow you to have a peace of mind as your pet will receive everything they need while you’re on vacation. Although, for many people, the thought of pet boarding may seem uncomfortable. We’re here to help you know what to search for in a kennel.

Here are 3 major things to look for in a quality kennel for your pet.

Recommendations

What the kennel recommended by friends and family? Whether it is recommended by friends, veterinarian, neighbors, trainers or an animal shelter, you will find that a quality kennel will be highly recommended by others who have used them in the past. Some states require inspections in kennels, which means they will display their certificate or license that show they meet the required standards.

Look and smell of the kennel

A quality kennel should look and smell properly cleaned. It should have proper light and ventilation with an adequate amount of space both indoor and outdoor. The outdoor space must also be protected from harsh weather conditions as the indoor space must be at a maintained comfortable temperature.

Is the staff qualified to handle pets?

Kali, a pet who traveled to the Korean Peninsula on space available travel, is scanned for a microchip after arriving at the the Osan Air Base passenger terminal, Republic of Korea, March 2, 2015. After five years in the works, the 731st Air Mobility Squadron passenger terminal welcomed its first four-legged passengers on a new program allowing service members to fly their pets to the Peninsula via the “Patriot Express.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released) This image or file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain in the United States.

The kennel staff must be professional and well experienced in treating animals. They should be able to answer all your questions and concerns easily with expert answers. Trained staff employees will also assure you that the kennel is safe and that your pet will be comfortable during their stay.

Conclusion

Before you plan to board your pet, be sure to verify the conditions of the kennel as to how often they are fed, where they can roam and their socialization. Once you have found the right kennel, you should be able to enjoy your vacation with a peace of mind.