4 Times to Consider Boarding Your Pet

Pets are more than just furry little roommates that steal our hearts, souls, and, on occasion, our chairs. They are important parts of our lives and families. Unfortunately, our animal companions can’t go everywhere with us. Sooner or later, you will likely have to board your pet. While most people generally only opt for boarding when they leave town, there are actually several other occasions when boarding can be helpful. A Westminster, CO vet lists a few of them below.

Major Life Events

Are you planning on getting married soon? Is your family expecting a new arrival? Major life events such as births, weddings, and graduations are often quite hectic. Things can get even more chaotic if you have a full house of guests. Consider boarding your animal companion for a few days. You’ll be able to focus on the big event, without worrying about your pet being scared or jumping on guests.

Moving Day

Moving is another time to consider boarding. You definitely don’t want Fido or Fluffy underfoot as your belongings are being loaded or unloaded! There’s also the chance of your pet running out an open door, which can be especially dangerous in unfamiliar area. We recommend boarding on the day the movers pick up your belongings, and, for long distance moves, when they deliver them.


If you are planning on a home renovation that is fairly quick but intense, like installing a new floor, you may want to consider bringing your pet to a kennel for a few days. This will help ensure that your little buddy doesn’t get in the way, or run out an open door. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your pet being around nails, tools, fumes, or other potential hazards.


If you are scheduled for a minor, outpatient procedure, you may very well want your animal companion around to relax with as you are recuperating. However, for major surgery, boarding may be a good option. Ask your vet and doctor for specific advice.


There are some things to keep in mind when boarding pets. We recommend offering any specific care instructions in writing. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Find out what you should pack, and also ask about basic policies and procedures.

Do you need to board your pet? Contact us, your local Westminster, CO animal hospital, today!

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