What To Look for in a Dog Kennel

Dogs running in field

There’s a variety of reasons you may have to send your dog to a kennel for boarding. The most common reason to do so is because you’ll be away for a short trip. Other reasons include needing to be away for a long time, an inability to care for an aging dog, an emergency has occurred, or because the owner has military obligations.

Regardless of the reason, any owner is going to want to ensure that their dog is getting the best care while they’re away. Here’s what they should be looking for in a dog kennel:

Veterinary Care

Even if your dog is perfectly healthy, there’s always the chance he or she could get injured or come down with an illness. In that case, you want to be sure that the facility has a reliable way of dealing with this. Whether it’s a veterinary professional on staff or on call, you’re going to want to make sure a kennel has a plan for medical emergencies before you send your dog there.

An Adequate Facility

It’s always a good idea to check out a kennel in person before you send your dog there. Walk around, talk to the staff, make sure all the dogs that are currently staying there appear happy and healthy. Decide for yourself if it seems too crowded or if there’s enough room for your dog to explore and play. This is especially important for long-term stays.

A Good Reputation

It’s wise to do a little research to determine what kind of reputation a kennel has. Maybe ask some of your friends and family who have dogs what kennels, if any, they have used in the past and what they think of them. You can also look for reviews on places like Yelp and Google.

The Ability to Handle Your Dog

Each dog comes with their own specific set of needs, some more so than others. One dog may require extra attention while another needs medicine at a certain time or a specific type of food. Check with the employees at the kennel beforehand to make sure they’ll be able to accommodate your pup’s needs.

If you’re an owner in need of short, long-term, or emergency boarding for your dog, Silver Streak Kennels is the place to go in Upstate New York. We have a spacious facility, a professional staff, a pristine reputation, and can accommodate dogs with all kinds of different needs. Call us at 607-263-2007 to set up your appointment today!