Dog Boarding FAQs: Regular Fees and Extras

Boarding kennels typically charge flat rates for the standard care they give your dog on a daily, weekly or longer term basis. However, you may find that your costs increase if your pet needs additional care or you want to use additional services. Here are some things you need to know about dog boarding

Standard Boarding Fees

The rate card cost of boarding a dog typically ensures that your pet is fed, watered, exercised and kept safe and well. The standard rates charged by kennels may be variable. For example, facilities may charge higher rates in peak holiday periods; they may also charge a higher rate for a big dog than they do for a smaller one. Some kennels also have different grades of accommodation. If you decide to upgrade your pet to luxury accommodation, expect to pay a higher rate.

Tips:

  • You may be able to negotiate a lower standard rate if you are boarding your dog for a long holiday, especially if you book off-peak.
  • If you're boarding more than one dog and are happy for your pets to share accommodation, ask if you can have a discount for multiple occupancy.

Additional Food and Medication Costs

If your dog only likes a certain brand of dog food, your boarding kennels may allow you to bring your own food in for its stay rather than have it eat what's on offer to other dogs. Kennels are also often able to administer medications if your dog is undergoing treatment or has a condition.

Depending on the kennel, you may have to pay extra to have staff use your food or to give medicine to your dog. Although not all kennels will charge for this, some do on the basis that it adds to their staff's time.

Tip: Check if the boarding company requires you to worm your dog before it starts its stay. If it does and you don't give your pet a worming treatment, the facility may do this for you and will typically charge for it.

Added Extras

Some kennels offer additional services. Typically, you'll pay extra for these. For example, facilities may offer the following options:

  • Dog grooming, bathing, haircuts and nail clipping.
  • Individual or small group walks.
  • Training.
  • One-to-one play sessions with a member of staff.

Warning: Vet costs are not included in your boarding bill. If your dog gets sick or needs to see a vet while it is boarding, you'll have to pay these bills. You may also have to pay an administration charge if kennel staff have to take your dog to the vet. 

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