What to expect when you pick your dog up after boarding.
If you haven’t boarded your dog before, you probably don’t realize that your fur baby may seem a little different for a few days after you pick up your furry family member. This is often completely normal and just a reaction to your dog readjusting to their surroundings.
However, it definitely helps to be prepared and to know when to worry and when to just give your pup time and space to settle home. Here is what you need to expect when you pick your dog up from boarding.
My dog is acting hungrier than usual; did my dog eat when while boarding?
One of the most common things that we hear from owners once their dog first returns home after is that your pup is eating much more than normal. If your dog seems ravenous for the first few days after coming home, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong nor that your dog didn’t eat while being boarded. Instead, this increased hunger is usually attributed to different things.
Dogs tend to work up a significant appetite when they are in kennels and this is because they spend a lot of time exercising and playing. They need extra calories to refuel their bodies. However, since dogs naturally seem to eat less when boarding, often just due to being less comfortable eating in unfamiliar surroundings, it is very common for canines to play catch-up when they arrive home. If your dog’s appetite doesn’t settle down in a few days, speak to your veterinarian for reassurance.
My dog seems particularly thirsty; do I need to be concerned?
Similar to added hunger, many owners report that their dogs also drink more during the first few days back home. Again, this is almost certainly due to the fact that she simply feels more comfortable drinking at home than in the kennels, although in some circumstances this can be attributed to your dog preferring the taste of the water you offer over the water given while being boarded.
My dog is sleeping a lot, is my dog ok?
If your boarding facility is doing a good job of taking care of your dog, he or she will almost certainly come home feeling worn out! You want to be sure your fur baby is kept busy so that he or she remains healthy and not focused on being apart from you. Any reputable kennel will spend a great deal of time exercising and playing with your dog so they are physically and cognitively stimulated and don’t become bored and restless. As a result, your fur baby may need to sleep more when he or she gets home! If your dog still seems unusually lethargic after a couple of days, it is worth speaking to your veterinarian.
My dog chewed their blankets and bedding while boarding. Is that normal behavior?
Like babies, your dog explores much of the world through their mouth, so from puppyhood, this behavior may evolve as a way for your dog to try and understand the world around them. Chewing, like scratching in cats, is part of a dog’s instinctual behavior. Also while your dog is boarding they may experience some anxiety. If your dog experiences separation anxiety, bed and blanket chewing can manifest as an anxiety behavior.
My dog has had diarrhea since they’ve been home, do I need to take my dog to the vet?
Have you ever had an upset tummy because of fear, anxiety or excitement? A similar phenomenon can affect our pets too, and if your dog has diarrhea when he or she is boarding or when she first returns home, this could be to do with the flood of emotions your pup will be feeling. It is very unlikely that he or she has picked up a stomach virus or bug while being boarded since we ensure all animals are suitably vaccinated and our kennel staff maintains high standards of cleanliness. Nevertheless, if your dog has diarrhea for more than 48 hours, it is important to schedule an appointment with your vet to rule out underlying illness and to check that your pet isn’t becoming dehydrated. If your pet has diarrhea and isn’t drinking, please see your vet immediately.
My dog seems to need more attention than usual. What can I do to help?
Many pets suffer from mild separation anxiety when they are temporarily out of contact with their owner. As a result, clingy behavior when you are first reunited is normal and to be expected. Nevertheless, you can help manage this and ease your fur baby back into their habitual, well-adjusted self by getting back into your usual routine as quickly as possible. This will help to re-establish familiarity and help your dog feel secure. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Paw Printz Inc. at 863-268-8183.