Preparing Your Pet For Boarding

Once you’ve found the About Pets Center and made your pet’s reservations, there are still preparations you need to make for your pet’s stay.

Any top-notch boarding facility will require that all pet guests be vaccinated against rabies, distemper, canine influenza (H3N8) and canine cough. If your pet’s vaccinations are not up-to-date, be sure to make an appointment with your veterinary clinic — ideally, a week or two in advance of your vacation, so your pet has time to benefit from the inoculations.

Before you head to the About Pets Center, double-check that you have your pet’s medications and pre-packaged food. You may want to bring along a familiar toy, marked with his/her name, for your pet’s stay. Please don’t bring his favorite toy in case of possible loss. We provide an identification collar for your pet during the stay. Please plan on taking your pet’s collar and leash with you. We cannot be responsible for anything that is not identified with your pet’s name.

We furnish Kurunda™ Orthopedic beds with soft fleece blankets for the comfort of your pet. In order for us to maintain a FLEA FREE ENVIRONMENT, we ask that you do not bring bedding from home.

You should put your pet’s own food in individual sandwich bags, with the date, am or pm feeding and your pet’s name. Please do not bring in big bags of extra food or your pet's bowls. Only bring in enough food for the stay. All belonging must be able to fit into our About Pets tote bags.

Be sure you have your veterinarian’s phone number to give the About Pets Center front desk, along with contact information for you at your vacation destination. It is also important to provide a local contact -- someone who will serve as your backup in an emergency if you cannot be reached.

Once your pet is checked-in and in the care of a staff member, say good-bye, and take your leave. Avoid long emotional partings, which may upset your pet. Your pet senses your anxiety and will think something is wrong instead of knowing that he/she is going to have a great time while you are on vacation. Finally, have a wonderful trip, knowing that your pet is in the best facility on the East Coast and in loving, caring hands. He/she will be happy to see you when you get back. If your pet has a spa bath, he/she will be relaxed, clean and ready to go home.