WHAT TO PACK & BRING FOR YOUR PET'S BOARDING STAY
• DOG FOOD (PLUS AN EXTRA DAY)
• DOG TREATS AND/OR CHEWS
• ONE COMFORT ITEM
• ANY MEDICATIONS AND/OR SUPPLEMENTS (IF ANY)
• CALMING AIDS FOR THUNDERSTORMS &/OR FIREWORKS FOR THOSE CANINE CLIENTS THAT SUFFER WITH GENERAL ANXIETY DISORDERS
• COLLAR, HARNESS AND LEASH (WALKING & HANDLING GEAR)
CLIENT SHOULD NOT PACK OR BRING ANYTHING THAT IS VALUABLE, IRREPLACEABLE AND/OR SENTIMENTAL. MAGGIE'S DOGGIE CARE MAKES NO GUARANTEES THAT CLIENT'S PERSONAL PROPERTY AND ALL ITEMS PACKED AND BROUGHT WILL BE RETURNED BACK TO CLIENT AT PICK UP. DUE TO THE UNPREDICTABLE NATURE OF PETS. CLIENTS SHOULD NOT PACK OR BRING ANYTHING THAT THEY WOULD BE UPSET TO NOT RECEIVE BACK.
PLEASE NO DOG CRATES, BEDS & BOWLS!
Maggie's Doggie Care will provide these items for your pet's stay.
NO GPS COLLARS, PET ACTIVITY TRACKERS, DESIGNER COLLARS &/OR VALUABLE PET ITEMS PERMITTED
Maggie's Doggie Care cannot guarantee the return of valuable or sentimental items and will not assume liability or financial responsibility for them. In the unfortunate event that they are lost, damaged, destroyed or soiled due to the unpredictable nature of canines. Please refrain from bringing these items and leave them safely at home. They are not permitted.
Clients should pack and bring the dog's food, enough for the duration of the stay plus one additional/extra day in case of any travel delay, spoiling (wet & dry dog food mixed & if not eaten) and/or spillage. Dry dog food can be packed in a sealed container with a lid and accompanying scoop/cup or it can be packed in individual ziplock bags by per feeding or day. If not supplying a scoop or cup, please inform of the equivalent proper kitchen cup measurement to use. If the boarding reservation is for an extended period of time (a month or longer), the client can the bring the entire bag of dry dog food. Fresh, homemade and/or raw dog food should be prepared by client prior and in advance. Please cook anything that needs to be cooked in advance and prior to the start of service. Wet dog food cans should be unopened. Please do not bring any open and partially used wet dog food can to drop off. Any remaining partially used wet dog food can will not be sent home with client. It will be fed to canine client or discarded, depending on client's preference.
DOG TREATS AND/OR CHEWS:
I highly recommend for clients to pack dog treats and/or chews that their pet is already accustomed to. Especially if there are any dietary restrictions, allergies and/or if the pet has a sensitive stomach. Maggie's Doggie Care utilizes dog treats and chews as positive reinforcement rewards. This way your pet is not left out, if others are rewarded with treats and chews, etc. Chews and kongs can also be utilized for mental stimulation, chewing coping mechanisms for anxiety and as busy body activities to keep canine clients occupied during private and unsupervised times.
I highly recommend for clients to pack and bring one comfort item from home. This comfort item can be any item that smells like home and/or has the owner's scent. This helps to reduce any separation anxiety, especially in first time boarders. A lightly worn t-shirt with the owner's scent is a great choice and highly recommended (not your favorite t-shirt in case it gets destroyed!). Other comfort item options are a thin blanket, towel or favorite dog toy, etc.
MEDICATIONS AND/OR SUPPLEMENTS:
Medication and/or supplements should be packed and brought (if any). All administration items and tools should be packed and provided. All medications that are oral tablets and capsules should be prearranged and packed in weekly Monday-Sunday pill schedule containers. They must be marked with the pet's name (especially if client has multiple pets with medication) and also marked by day and evening, if applicable. Please provide any food items, peanut butter and/or dog treat pill pockets needed to administer oral medications if normally used.
CALMING AIDS FOR ANXIETY RELATED TO THUNDERSTORMS &/OR FIREWORKS
For canine clients that suffer from general anxiety disorders related to thunderstorms and/or fireworks, please pack and provide any canine calming aids that are permitted to be administered or utilized on a precautionary or as needed basis. Maggie's Doggie Care can provide canine calming aids if needed, with client/pet owner's permission and approval. The types of canine calming aids that are available if needed: canine calming aid chews, drops and/or treats, canine calming aid aromatherapy and sprays, CBD oil, chews and/or treats, ThunderWorks brand's ThunderShirt, canine anti anxiety vests, jackets and/or shirts, canine calming aid collars, canine calming aid dog toys with aromatherapy and more, etc. All canine calming aids listed above are OTC and/or able to be purchased freely without a veterinarian prescription. If you pup suffers from severe anxiety related to thunderstorms and/or fireworks or separation anxiety, I recommend consulting your veterinarian for a prescription anti anxiety medication to manage this and to make the pup's boarding stay as stress free as possible. There are special precautionary measures and protocol for thunderstorms and/or fireworks. Potty breaks are scheduled earlier in advance when possible to prevent fright, fear, anxiety and/or escape. So that all canine clients can remain indoors for the duration of the thunderstorm and/or fireworks display(s). Soothing music is played and TVs are turned on at the appropriate volumes to drown out the noise. In addition to supervision, companionship and consoling any canine clients experiencing signs of anxiety and/or difficulty coping during these times. These are all the standard procedures implemented for these specific circumstances of thunderstorms and/or firework displays.
COLLAR, HARNESS AND LEASH:
Client should provide a dog collar for client's pet(s). Maggie's Doggie Care requires canine clients to wear a collar throughout the duration of their service and stay. Client is not required to provide their own personal dog ID tag/name tag, license tag and/or rabies tag. Maggie will add her own personal pet ID tag with her contact information to the canine client's collar. She will not remove client's personal tag(s), only add her pet ID tag. This is an additional safety precaution utilized in the event of escape to assist in recovery. If client does not provide a dog collar for client's pet, Maggie can provide a dog collar for client's pet to wear for the duration of the pet's stay. Harnesses are optional and not required, although useful and recommended. Especially if canine clients can be unruly and difficult to handle. Harnesses are not recommended to be worn for a long period of time and will not be left on the canine client for long durations of time. Unless the canine is extremely hyperactive, unruly and prone to jumping /or body slamming behavior tendencies. EXCEPTION: Harnesses and a dragging leash will be worn at all times for special needs cases that exhibit a fear based aggression to humans and physical touch or handling. To prevent bites, injury and attacks. This method seems to be the least overwhelming and stress inducing for these special circumstances and individual cases. Otherwise service will be refused. Normally it is recommended that harnesses not be worn for long durations of time and this the reason why dog collars are requested and required to be worn by canine clients. A leash is required and mandatory. Client should always have client's pet(s) on leash during all drop off and pick up transactions.
SMALL ANIMALS & CAGED CRITTERS (FOR PETS OTHER THAN A DOG)
Client is responsible to pack & provide all necessary pet supplies. Including but not limited to:
• a secure cage, crate, tank and/or enclosure (travel size)
• pet's food, hay, vegetables, "live meals" and/or treats (if any)
• bedding, blankets, wood chips and/or pet litter, etc.
• medications and/or supplements (if any)
• cleaning and maintenance supplies
• any and all pet supplies necessary & needed to provide your pet with the best possible care