An upset stomach is a frequent problem that dogs suffer during their first day or two at a boarding kennel. This issue may present itself in a number of different ways, including vomiting, a lack of appetite, or diarrhea. Why does it happen if it’s not a hint that your dog is unhappy at the kennels or that they’ve had any bad experiences there? If that’s not the case, what does it point to?
If you phone the boarding kennel during the first day or two of your dog’s stay and they say that your dog has had an upset stomach, it is most likely the consequence of one of the following situations:
Your dog will be given whatever brand of food the kennel offers as standard, and although there is probably nothing wrong with the quality of this food, a change in diet might cause your dog’s stomach to become uneasy for a few days until they acclimate to the new diet. This occurs because your dog’s digestive enzymes adapt to metabolize the food they are accustomed to eating. As a result, when they consume a new kind of food, their digestive system may struggle to deal with the meal until their digestive enzymes adjust to the new food.
By ensuring that the kennel has an adequate quantity of your dog’s regular food, you may prevent this potential source of gastrointestinal distress in your pet. In addition, be sure to offer specific directions about the kind of goodies that are acceptable as well as data regarding any dietary restrictions.
Stress Associated with Change
Your dog may experience some short-term stress while they adjust to their new routine and temporary living situation as a result of the change in their surroundings. Abdominal upset is a common manifestation of stress, and while some stress at various points in your dog’s life is unavoidable, there are steps you can take to minimize the stress your dog feels when beginning their stay at a boarding kennel. This will allow your dog to have a more positive experience overall.
To begin, you should get your dog ready for their stay at the kennel by bringing them there ahead of time so they can get familiar with the employees there. This will familiarize them with the peculiar sounds and scents while they are in a secure environment with you, and they will remember the time they spent visiting with you.
Second, when you take your dog to the kennel, bring a couple of their favorite toys and a blanket with you. This will make them feel more at home there. Your dog will feel more at ease since these objects exude an aroma that is reminiscent of home.
Third, look for a kennel that understands the need for effective stress management and has procedures in place for helping new dogs adjust, such as providing more one-on-one time with the staff and allocating a certain amount of time every day for stroking, playing, and other activities.
The presence of infectious parasites is unavoidable in kennels in the same manner as it is in educational institutions. Because there are many dogs staying in close quarters, all it takes is one dog to get infected with a virus for it to spread across the whole kennel. The good news is that viral infections usually only linger for a few days and shouldn’t be too problematic as long as the kennel you choose to board your pet at has stringent admissions requirements and verifies the immunization records of all possible boarders.
Before deciding on a particular boarding kennel, it is important to inquire about the protocols they follow for isolating sick dogs, how they make arrangements for the care of sick dogs, and who is responsible for paying any veterinary bills that are incurred as a result of an illness that was caused by another dog.
In order to get an idea of how the boarding kennel handles the situation in the event that your dog has an upset stomach while they are there, you should inquire about the procedure that is followed. Try not to freak out in the event that your dog has an upset stomach while you are gone since the majority of cases only linger for one or two days. Instead, maintain communication with the kennel and request that they make arrangements for your own veterinarian to evaluate your dog if you feel it will help soothe your concerns.