Choosing the Right Pet Boarding: A Pet Parent's Handbook

Leaving your pet for an extended period can be stressful for both you and your furry friend. That's why choosing the right boarding facility is vital for your peace of mind and your pet's happiness. At Doggie Dude Ranch in Ames, we provide a safe, fun, and loving environment for our guests. Our on-site vet is available to all guests in case of an emergency, and all pets are monitored by our experienced staff 24/7.

We are fully licensed for pet boarding and will medically monitor your pet for symptoms of separation anxiety. We invite you to take a tour of our animal hospital to see for yourself why you can entrust your pet to our care. In the meantime, take a look at these pet boarding tips.

What to Look for in a Pet Boarding Facility

1. Check for Insurance: It's important to ensure pets and people are covered in case of injury.

2. Licenses and Certifications: This ensures that the facility follows standards for safety, cleanliness, food storage, etc.

3. Tours and Virtual Visits: A facility should allow a tour before your pet's stay. It's also a huge plus if they have cameras, and you can see your pet while away.

4. Housing: Ask questions about where the pets stay. Are dogs and cats separated? How often is bedding changed? Are they crated?

5. Exercise and Recreation Policy: A good facility will offer daily indoor and outdoor activities, along with the opportunity for human interaction. Bonus for cuddles and head scratches!

6. Feeding and Watering Frequency: Pets should have access to fresh water 24/7 and be fed on a regular schedule. Ask about what type of food is used.

7. Extras: It's always a good sign if the boarding facility offers grooming, bathing, tooth brushing, and pampering as part of its pet care routine.

Contact Doggie Dude Ranch in Ames, IA

If you're in the Ames area and need a veterinarian near you for boarding or any other services, our friendly staff is happy to assist you. Give us a call at (515) 382-1444 or visit our website for more information.

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