General Business Listings:
Businesses listed below are not TAILS411 members or sponsors and therefore have not been vetted by TAILS Foundation Inc. If your business is listed below and you would like to become a member or sponsor, please Contact Us immediately!
Northwest Pet Resort, CDA 208-292-4394
CDA Pet Resort, CDA 208-667-4606
Paws & Claws, CDA 208-667-6700
TP Kennel, RATHDRUM 208-687-0792
Kootenai Kennels, RATHDRUM 208-687-1119
Camp K-9, PF 208-773-3203
Dog-N-It Daycare & Kennel, CDA 208-676-8868
Choosing a Boarding Facility
Going out of town? A boarding kennel can give your pet quality care—and can give you peace of mind.
Pros and cons of using a boarding kennel Your pet depends on you to take good care of her—even when you have to be out of town. Friends and neighbors may not have the experience or time to properly look after your pet, particularly for longer trips. Leave pet care to the professionals, such as a pet sitter or boarding kennel.
A facility specializing in care and overnight boarding allows your pet to:
Find out whether your state requires boarding kennel inspections. If it does, make sure the kennel you are considering displays a license or certificate showing that the kennel meets mandated standards.
After selecting a few kennels, confirm that they can accommodate your pet for specific dates and can address your pet's special needs (if any). If you're satisfied, schedule a visit.
What to look for On your visit, ask to see all the places your pet may be taken. Pay particular attention to the following:
How to prepare your pet
Be sure your pet knows basic commands and is well socialized around other people and pets; if your pet has an aggression problem or is otherwise unruly, she may not be a good candidate for boarding. Before taking your animal to the kennel, make sure she is current on vaccinations.
It's also a good idea to accustom your pet to longer kennel stays by first boarding her during a short trip, such as a weekend excursion. This allows you to work out any problems before boarding your pet for an extended period.
Before you head for the kennel, double-check that you have your pet's medications and special food (if any), your veterinarian's phone number, and contact information for you and a local backup.
When you arrive with your pet at the boarding facility, remind the staff about any medical or behavior problems your pet has, such as a history of epilepsy or fear of thunder. After the check-in process, hand your pet to a staff member, say good-bye, and leave. Avoid long, emotional partings, which may upset your pet. Finally, have a good trip, knowing that your pet is in good hands and will be happy to see you when you return.
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