|Purred: Fri Sep 12, '08 7:36am PST |
|Like Kiki mentioned, look for a place that requires you to be upto date on shots. We also had to be upto date on our anti flea spot on treatment, and have been wormed for intestinal worms.
We got a recommendation from our vet, it was a boarder that was attached to another of the vets in the chain. I loved that there would be a vet there most of the time, as well as the vet nurses who had playing with the boarders as a part of their job. I know you said you didn't want the vet office feel, but this one, while in the same building, felt seperate. The presence of the vet was a big plus for me, as Suey went there 3 weeks after being spayed, and I am a worry wart!
Vets can also be a good place for recommendations, as they can point out ones to stay away from. Our vet mentioned one specifically where they had had people bring their pets in after being boarded, because they were worried about injuries their cats had. They were minor injuries, but they were still injuries, and I was very relieved to find out it was no good before going there.
Ask to go in and look around, so you can see first hand what the place is like. Kiki's example of the smell is a quick way to tell if things are under control there. One thing I did when we went to visit was check the water bowls, to make sure they were all full and had no muck or anything in them.
We took a bunch of Fui and Suey's stuff with us to the boarder, to help them feel a little more comfortable. They had their own toys and their carrier in the enclosure with them. We also had a couple of blankets on the bed with us for about a week before we left, and they took those with them. We chose to provide our own food and treats too, rather than them having the stuff the boarder provided. It was a good food that they were offering, but we wanted to minimise the disruption as much as possible.
I hope the bit about injuries didn't worry you. I was a wreck at the start of our holiday, and was counting down till I could see my babies again. They looked annoyed when we turned up again, as they'd had so much fun on all the cool play equipment and getting lots of cuddles from the girls at the clinic!
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