Boarding Advice

Going on holidays soon?

Before considering whether to board your pet please check their vaccination records to make sure they have been vaccinated within the past 12 months. If your pet is due for a booster vaccination make sure this is done well ahead of the boarding period, ideally at least 2-3 weeks prior. It is a good idea to contact the boarding facility to check their policy as to how soon before boarding a vaccination can be administered. It is also important to book early for peak holiday times such as Easter and Christmas!

An ideal boarding facility for your pet has a relaxed, calm atmosphere, created by having fewer kennels/animals, a design that minimises stress and allows maintenance of a high standard of hygiene.

When choosing a boarding facility, there are a number of factors to consider, such as:

  • How big are individual kennels?
  • Is there any natural light?
  • Will your pet have access to a run during the day?
  • How many kennels are there in the complex? Fewer kennels may mean a quieter, calmer stay.
  • Do the kennels smell bad? If so, this can indicate poor hygiene or ventilation problems.
  • Are the staff/owners welcoming, friendly and polite?
  • Did they require proof of vaccination? Vaccinations help prevent the spread of disease.
  • Are there signs of overbooking or overcrowding?
  • Do they provide food or can you provide your own pet’s specific diet?
  • Can they medicate your pet if required?
  • Which veterinarian do they use in an emergency?


You will need to inform the boarding facility of any health problems your pet may have had or is prone to. If medication is to be administered you should let them know at time of booking. Write down the dose, frequency and name of the medication.

If on long term medication, please ensure you have enough medication to last the stay and a bit extra just in case your return is delayed. If you need to pick up more medication prior to boarding, please organise this 1-2 weeks in advance to ensure we can fill the prescription.

Please provide the boarding facility with our details in the event that your pet needs veterinary attention in your absence.

If you think your pet may be anxious or stressed when boarding, please call into the clinic to discuss. We have a range of options to reduce the stress of boarding for your pet. 

Please give us a call on (08) 87253327 to discuss boarding and determine if your pet is up to date with the required vaccinations.