Kennel checklist: Ask these questions before boarding pets

LAKEVILLE Heading to your spring break destination? It's one of the busiest seasons for boarding facilities, which means kennels fill up fast. Before you part with your pup, a local board and groom business suggests you ask a few questions, first.

Do they charge extra for walks?
Do they charge extra to give medicine?
Can you bring your own food?
If not, do they charge extra for it?

"That's all stuff you need to know before you want to leave your dog," said Lynn Bingaman, the owner of Always Waggin' Board N' Groom in Lakeville.

"I really stress the importance of checking out a facility before you go there that day, so you don't have any unpleasant surprises when you drop off your dog and it's too late to do anything," said Bingaman.

Bingaman also suggests monitoring cleanliness, how often dogs will be let outside and whether or not they will have contact with other animals.

"You don't want a surprise when your airplane is leaving in two hours and you have no place else to go because every place else is booked," said Bingaman.

A red flag the kennel was not the right fit for your dog- extreme weight loss, according to Bingaman.

"If your dog comes home and he's lost a bunch of weight, why? Were they not monitoring his food? Was he upset enough that he wasn't eating?"

To learn more about Always Waggin' Board N' Groom, visit the the website.


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