Things You Should Know
It is a requirement that before any cat or dog stays with us at Prideland Boarding Kennels and Cattery we must see a current vaccination certificate for them. This means that your pet has been vaccinated within the last twelve months. Vaccinations MUST be given at least two weeks prior to animals being boarded. It is also preferable that rabbits, guinea pigs and horses be vaccinated as well, although we do not insist on it. Owners board these animals at their own risk.
Prideland Boarding Kennels and Cattery is open for both drop-off and pick-up of pets between 9 – 11 am and 5 – 6 pm. Although there is generally someone on the property at all times, we have specific open times in order to give the animals in our care some consistency. After an exciting morning of running around and playing like mad hatters, the dogs all like to have their midday nap, giving all the other animals (and our neighbours) a reprieve from their noise and mayhem. Having people coming and going all day tends to keep all animals awake and stimulated, which leads to them becoming over-tired or even unwell.
We welcome inspections by everyone intending to leave their beloved pets in our care. We are open for inspection between 9 and 11 am, every day of the week.
If you’re planning to go away for a significant period of time and your dog has never been left before, then it might be an idea to leave them for a few nights as a “tester”. This gives your pets the positive experience of being left, of having fun playing with other dogs or lazing in the cattery, and then being picked up again. You’ll generally find that they’re much happier coming back a second time. Most dogs will pull their owners through the front door in their eagerness to get out and play.
If your pet is on medication, whether this be for a temporary illness or for a long term condition, then we are quite able to accommodate them and, unlike many places, we don’t charge extra for the giving of medications.
We have access to a veterinary practice 24 hours, every day of the year. Our vet of choice is the Swan Vet, on Runyan Road in Midvale, a very well established and respected veterinary practice amongst the dog racing and breeding industries. As well as providing a 24 hr service, they are also available for telephone consultations any day of the week.
When you get home
During their stay at Prideland Boarding Kennels and Cattery your dog will have been running around a lot more than they do at home (even the most energetic of dogs will be even more energetic in the kennels). When they arrive home it’s completely normal for dogs to sleep VERY well for several days. Don’t be surprised if all you get is a murmur at breakfast and dinner time. Just like when your child comes back from their first day at pre-school, they’ve over stimulated themselves, become exhausted, and will sleep very soundly that night. Although uncommon, it’s not unknown for dogs to develop stiff muscles and be a little sore for a few days, especially if they’ve run excessively at the kennels when they’re normally quite sedentary. This should pass without any problems. Barkers may also lose their voice after a day or so back home, which is also quite common and usually nothing to be concerned about, unless other symptoms develop.
Expect your cat to totally ignore you for at least a day after returning home from the cattery. They’ll usually hide for a time, and try to make you feel entirely guilty about leaving them in the first place. Cats are less tolerant to change than dogs, are more territorial and solitary by nature. Having become accustomed to the cattery during their stay with us they’ll be annoyed that they’ve been moved again, even though they’re returning home. Just give them a day or two to get over it and they should return to their normal selves.
While all of the above are completely normal behaviours for animals returning home from the kennels, if you are at all concerned about their health or behaviour then take them to the vet. If their sleepiness or stiffness lasts more than 3 days, or if they run a fever or appear unwell, then take them to the vet. Don’t forget to tell the vet they’ve just come home from the kennel, where they’ve been very active, and ask it this is a likely cause of their symptoms.