When selecting dog boarding in metro Detroit, you have a multitude of options. With a young, healthy dog with no social issues, the sky is the limit. But what about those folks with a senior dog? Senior dogs have special needs & often require extra care, which some kennels aren’t equipped to handle. Luckily, for those looking for pet boarding in Detroit, our amazing dog boarding facility is perfectly equipped to take care of your furry friend.
Professional dog kennels, like Dogtopia of Bloomfield, have the knowledge, understanding and compassion necessary to give extra attention to senior dogs to ensure they are as comfortable away from home as they are when at home. Because we assess dogs prior to allowing them to board or stay at day care, we’re able to group them according to their size and temperament, which helps to ensure low stress levels for your older pooch.
If you’re planning to travel this fall or winter, here are 5 tips for boarding your older dog that may give some peace of mind.
1. Do a full assessment of your dog’s health prior to boarding and let the kennel know of any special issues. Provide a written list of conditions and medications to the kennel so they can address everything while your dog is in their care.
2. If your dog has incontinence issues, which some older dogs do, provide extra bedding or washable bedding that easily fits into a washing machine.
3. Let the kennel know if your dog is showing signs of slower movement/sore joints. Kennel staff can prepare for the additional time it may take to exercise your dog. They can also keep these conditions in mind when planning play buddy time.
4. Inform kennel staff of any changes in eating and drinking behavior. Older dogs can require less food than younger dogs because their activity levels drop. Overfeeding older dogs can result in weight gain, which can add to any existing health issues.
5. Always pick a dog boarding kennel that groups dogs by play style/interaction style and size to reduce the stress on your senior dog.
6. Geriatric dogs may have a slower metabolism, which can make them more susceptible to colder temperatures. Provide a sweater or extra blankets in case the
temperature of the kennel is colder than what your dog is used to, or for outdoor exercise sessions.
7. Consider choosing a dog kennel that has cameras to allow you to check in on your dog- pet parents LOVE our web cams!
At Dogtopia of Bloomfield & Dogtopia of Birmingham, we take extra care to manage medications and special diets for older dogs. The pets we board at our dog boarding kennels near are just as important to us as they are to you.
If you’re planning a trip soon, contact us ahead of time so we can work out the details of caring for your senior dog. Just because your furry friend isn’t as spry as they used to be doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be as comfortable as possible whether at home or staying with us.