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Checklist for a Kennel Stay

Preparing you and your Pooch for your Holiday

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Checklist for a Visit to the Kennels:

  • Vaccination courses completed
  • Proof of Vaccinations
  • Your dog's belongings (toys, blankets, bedding)
  • Notify the kennels of any allergies
  • Behavioural quirks
  • Food in a sealed container (if providing yourself)
  • Medications (including flea and worming treatments if required)
  • Relevant Medical History

Information to note and take:

You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Contact details in case of emergency
  • Microchip Details
  • Dog’s Date of Birth


Allergies are quite commonplace in dogs; a reaction to food can cause gastrointestinal upsets or even skin irritations. In order to avoid your pup being fed anything that may disagree with him/her you should disclose all reactions to your kennels either when booking or when dropping off. It may even be worth for peace of mind, packing your own food; after all any change of diet can cause stomach upsets so if your dog is prone to this it may be better safe than sorry. If you are unsure whether your kennels will feed them their usual food it is definitely worth a telephone call to check. If they are happy to do so, measure out the dry food required for the stay (perhaps pack a little extra just in case your return is delayed). Place dry food in a sealed container marked with your pets name, amount of feed and frequency of feed. If you have wet food label this with the same information.


Dogs will need to be vaccinated against the following for their kennel visits:

  • Canine Distemper Virus
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza

These vaccinations are all part of the usual annual booster; so as long as your dog has been to the vets within the last year they will be up to date. Do make sure to check that they are not about to expire just before your trip; as many kennels will have a policy requiring that all vaccination courses are completed at least two weeks prior to stay due to some inoculations being live.

Some kennels will also require that your dog is vaccinated against kennel cough. The reason for this is that coughs can spread very quickly in the kennel environment just like the human cold! However, some kennels will choose not to ask for this vaccination; since just like human colds you cannot protect your pup against all strains and so even with the vaccination they could still return home with a cough.

All kennels, according to licensing requirements need to have evidence that your pet’s boosters are up to date, so make sure to take pack their vaccination card!

Home Comforts

A dog is man’s best friend for a reason! They love being in our company, and sometimes when they aren’t by our sides they may feel a little nervous or out of place, so it’s very important that you do all you can to provide them with some comforts. Some ideas for belongings to pack are favourite toys and blankets, perhaps even their bed. Do be prepared though to not have these all return in one piece. Sometimes even the most placid of dogs engage in different behaviours while away; and they may take to chewing their beds or tearing their toys apart; so if any of these belongings are particularly precious perhaps pack cheaper spares which you have allowed your dog to enjoy for a few weeks prior to their stay away.


Dog’s like people have personality quirks; there are environmental factors which your dog might be reactive towards or perhaps certain human interactions are difficult for your dog to handle. It is always worth mentioning any concerns that you have to your kennels; this will allow them to avoid any triggers and thus protect themselves and your dog. We know that it may be a worry that they will reject your dog from their care; but our opinion is that it is far better for them to do so prior to your going away rather than during - no one wants their holiday cut short!


If your dog has a medical condition it is very important (of course) that they stay in a place where the staff are qualified and comfortable with administering the medicine. It is always worth a telephone call prior to booking to explain the illness and type of treatment i.e. tablets, injections to ensure that the kennels are happy to provide such a service. Some kennels may charge additional for providing medications, while others will not, this is something you will have to confirm with the kennel team. Before packing their medication make sure that it is still in date and replace if needed and make sure that there is sufficient left for the entirety of their stay. As with the food, you will need to label the medication with your dog’s name and instructions will need to be provided regarding how to administer, how frequently and the dosage needed.

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The G.R Team

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