Preparation for Boarding

Before arriving at Hickory Pet Inn, there are some things that you should do to ensure that your pet has a healthy and happy stay.

First Time Boarders

Boarding can be stressful for your pet, especially if he or she has never boarded before. Imagine suddenly being away from your home, family and toys and not understanding why, or if your family will ever return. If you are planning to board your dog or cat, consider the following:

Start Young. Getting your pet used to boarding is like anything else. It is much easier to learn when they are young and adaptable. Plan Ahead. When you are first aware of your trip and if your pet has never boarded before: take them for a visit. Let them see, smell and get used to the environment and people. You are welcome to tour our facility 11am-2pm daily. Day boarding for a day or two prior to your trip would be ideal. It will show your pet that the place is okay, they are safe and that you will return for him or her. This will prepare them for when you go away for a longer period of time.

You should make reservations at least one week in advance, two weeks before a holiday. Hickory Pet Inn will make accommodations in case of an emergency but in the busy season there are occasions where we have “No Vacancies”. Be sure to tell the receptionist your expected date of return. If this changes while you are boarding your pet please call us and let us know.

There is some information that you will be asked to provide when you arrive at the kennel. You should bring, or have faxed over beforehand, vaccination records from your veterinarian. Please leave a phone number where you can be reached while your pet is staying with us or the name and number of an emergency contact person. Also, please bring any medications that your pet is taking, along with the name of the drug and the dosage as well as any special instructions for your companion’s care.


Dogs: Must have current Rabies (Certificate on file), DHPP (Distemper, Parvovirus) Canine Influenza and Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccinations. Bordatella vaccines need to have been given within the last 6 months. Proof of vaccination from your veterinarian is required.

Cats: Must have current Rabies, FVRCP (Distemper and Upper Respiratory) vaccinations within the last year.

Pets on special diets or who have sensitive stomaches may benefit from having their own food from home. We feed our dog boarders Iams mini chunks dry and Pedigree canned food; our feline boarders are fed Iams dry and Friskies canned. If you feed something else please bring the food with you. A change in diet is one of the major causes of diarrhea in both dogs and cats.

Please inform us if he or she has any medical needs. If there is a problem that you would like checked while your pet is staying with us, just let us know. We can make arrangements with the Pennsylvania Specialty and Emergency Associates at Hickory Veterinary Hospital to have a veterinarian examine your pet while it is boarding at the Pet Inn. You will need to be specific when describing the problem your pet is experiencing. To make an accurate diagnosis and properly treat the condition, the doctor will need a complete and accurate history of the problem.

We suggest that you have your dog bathed before being discharged from the Hickory Pet Inn. This will ensure that your pet will be returned to you fresh and clean. If you would like this service kindly let our receptionist know when you drop off your pet for boarding. Baths are given in the morning the day a pet is scheduled to go home, and he/she will be ready for pick up between 3pm and closing.

Consider adding a play session to his or her day. We offer puppy and doggie day care Monday through Friday. Rehabilitation and acupuncture sessions are also available at Hickory Veterinary Hospital adjacent to The Inn. Both are great ways to relieve stress.

By planning ahead and being prepared when you drop off your pet, your pet’s stay will be a much better experience for both pet and owner. Remember, write down any important information, and bring medicines and food along with any special instructions. Anything you tell us about your pet will enable us to make his/her stay healthy and happy.