Animal surgery with Stuart Cooke: Avoid a woof kennel stay


We’re right in the middle of the summer holiday season and many of us will be putting our dogs into kennels whilst we jet off to the sun.

This can be a worrying time, not only for the dogs but the owners too!

Some dogs are happy about their holidays at the kennels, after all, there are lots of other dogs to play with.
But if your dog is stressed about the whole process, there are things you can do to make the stay as easy as possible for your best friend.

When choosing a kennel for your dog it’s always a good idea to take a look around a few of them so you can decide which is most suitable.

Take a note of the temperature. It should be at a comfortable level and ask where and when exercise will take place.

Ask how often food is given, will this be at similar times to when your dog is fed at home or are there set feeding times?

What are the sleeping areas like? Will there be enough room for him to stretch out, stand up and turn around easily?

You must make sure their vaccinations are up to date so they are not susceptible to infectious diseases.

Most kennels will refuse to accept a dog unless they have had all their vaccinations, this includes kennel cough.

If your dog requires a kennel cough booster jab then he will need this at least three days before he goes on his stay.

Once at the kennels it helps for dogs to have something familiar with them that reassures them and reminds them of home; perhaps some of their bedding, a favourite blanket, a cuddle toy or even an old t-shirt of yours that has your smell on it.

Check about the food that’s given to dogs at the kennels. If your dog is used to a particular brand, is a fussy eater or has a sensitive tummy, you may prefer to take a supply of your dog’s usual food with you.

Finally, make sure the kennels have contact details for you, your vet and a family member or friend should they need to get in touch while you’re away.