An article From the American Kennel Club,Â http://budurl.com/z59v.
Taking your pet with you isnâ€™t always the best solution, as there are hotel restrictions, travel-induced pet illness, and the potential for runaway pets to consider.
To provide a happy, safe experience for your pet during time away from home, consider boarding him. Start by checking out local kennels, and ask if they are members of the Pet Care Services Association, which requires certain professional and ethical standards for membership.
If you decide to board your English bull terrier and otherÂ dogs, contact the kennel well in advance. (During peak periods, such as the Christmas season and summer weekends, many facilities are booked up.) Ask as many questions as you like and be sure to inquire about immunization requirements. Many kennels will require a bordetella shot, to prevent kennel cough, along with rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.
If you have a satisfactory first contact, the next step is to arrange a visit. This is essential. Observe general appearance of the kennel; security; safety; supervision and staff; sanitation; health care, such as dispensing medication and veterinary services; access to drinking water; feeding procedures; exercise area; provisions for animal comfort, such as temperature control, ventilation, adequate light, and protection from outside elements; and sleeping quarters.
If your English bull terrierÂ hasnâ€™t been boarded before, consider a short overnight stay before an extended stayâ€”or even an afternoon of dog day care. This will help him get more comfortable with the experience. Once he becomes familiar with his new surroundings, chances are heâ€™ll have a great time, not unlike a kid at summer camp.
After picking up your dog from his boarding kennel, donâ€™t feed him or give him water for at least four hours after returning home. He will be overexcited, which may trigger food-gulping, vomiting, and diarrhea. If he seems thirsty upon arriving home, provide a few ice cubes rather than water. Then let him calm down and rest.
Home Sweet Home Considering a pet-sitter? References are key. Interview the candidate at length, well in advance, asking about qualifications and experience. Is the person familiar with your breed? Accustomed to handling puppies, and both smaller and larger breeds? Donâ€™t entrust your English bull terrierÂ to anyone you donâ€™t believe to be highly competent and knowledgeable. If you have to pay more for better care, the money will be well spent and will give you greater peace of mind.