One of the biggest worries when boarding pets during the summer months isThunderstorm phobias.

Dogs in particular can react out of fear when they hear thunder, sometimesinjuring themselves, or may try to frantically escape resulting in an injury.

For both the boarding facility operator and the pet’s family, the key is to beas prepared as possible and communicate about worries such as phobias prior tothe check-in date.

As a proactive measure for boarding facilities, posting blog articles orsocial media updates, or sending newsletters to clients referencing theapproaching storm season is a great way to remind pet owners that they mayneed to talk to their pet care facility if they are aware that their petsuffers from a phobia.

Also be sure to ask key questions during the check-in process, to ensure thatas much information and detail is passed on as possible and covers everythingthat is needed for the pet’s stay.

As a pet owner looking to have your pet stay with a pet care facility,consider talking to the facility in advance of your stay let them know thatyour pet has a storm phobia. The check-in process is often a busy time, and itcan be overwhelming trying to juggle all of the information needed to get yourpet ready to stay away from home.

Working through this type of information in advance allows more time todiscuss various options or recommendations that they may have to make yourpet’s stay as comfortable as possible.

If a pet owner is aware that their pet suffers from a significant stormphobia, it could be a great idea to speak to a veterinarian prior to boardingyour pet, to discuss the various options available to ensure that the phobiais managed correctly whilst they are away.

There are many tools that can work well for pets, such as wearing athundershirt for example, which is designed to apply a constant, gentlepressure (like swaddling an infant baby!) and helps them feel safe and secureduring a thunderstorm event. Making sure that you communicate an individualpets needs prior to boarding will assist all involved in making the best planpossible.

During storm season, it is important that pets can feel safe and remain secureduring a weather event – especially when they are boarding away from home.Being proactive is the key!

Tagged: APCA, Pet boarding, Thunderstorm

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