Dog and Cat Boarding Services in Belmont

What are the different dog boarding options?

At Claws and Paws Inn, we offer boarding for both dogs and cats. We have runs for larger dogs or multiple dogs that might be staying together, and we also have smaller condo types for smaller dogs or for cats as well. We board every day of the year, except for major holidays, including the 1st of January, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Dr. Kelley Wallace
Catawba Heights Animal Hospital and Claws and Paws Inn

Do you board any other small pets other than dogs and cats?

On occasion, we've boarded birds or rabbits. We are not specialized in that area, but if the bird is easily handleable or the rabbit is very accustomed to going places, we can accommodate those needs depending on the situation.

Will my dog get active and social time while boarding with you?

Yes, we have a fenced-in play yard with equipment, toys, and pools or splash pads for the dogs to play with. They are taken out three times a day for a potty break and can also be rotated throughout the day for playtime in small groups of 10 or less. They are grouped together with pets that they would get along with and are of the same size, so we won’t take a 5-pound Poodle and group it with a 60-pound Pitbull.

What questions should I ask at the dog boarding facility?

In North Carolina, boarding facilities must be licensed with the Department of Agriculture, so there is a rigorous standard they must adhere to. We are also inspected at least twice a year. Ask to see the facility, where your pet will go, and where they'll play. Inquire about their feeding schedule, medication administration, charges, and food requirements. Also, ask about what happens if your pet gets sick and what kind of medical care they provide. If a boarding facility is not attached to a medical facility, ask them what they do if a pet gets sick or has a medical emergency.

What do I need to know about boarding at a veterinarian's office?

Your dog must be up-to-date with vaccinations. At Claws and Paws Inn, we require the distemper parvo vaccination, rabies, bordetella, and canine influenza vaccine. We have a reservation system, and if your pet gets sick, we can offer on-site medical care right away and doctors are available over weekends to take a look at your pet.

What do the dog boarding facilities need to know about my dog other than vaccinations?

They need to know any quirks or behavioral traits your pet might have, such as not getting along with other dogs. In such cases, the kennel assistant may take them out on a leash and group them with easygoing dogs to see how they do. We also need to know if your pet has a tendency to chew on things to ensure they don’t chew on their beds and blankets. This information helps the staff provide the best care for your pet while boarding.

What do veterinarians generally recommend for safe dog boarding?

Veterinarians recommend a licensed dog boarding facility. However, some pets may do better in an in-home setting, such as those with high anxiety or medical conditions. Most pets can board without issue, and medications can be given as prescribed by the veterinarian. It is common for pets to get diarrhea because of the stress of being away from home, but they will be taken care of.

What should I bring and how should I prepare when boarding my dog?

There are a few forms found on the Claws And Paws website you need to fill out. Bring your pet's food and all their medications with a prescription label from your veterinarian. If you can’t bring the food they are used to, we do have easily-digestible food that we feed for an additional charge. We do not recommend bringing bedding or toys, as they can get dirty or lost. For safety, we provide a breakable name band for identification instead of your dog’s collar or harness, which can get caught on the fencing or chewed on by other dogs.

If you have any questions about boarding your pet at Claws and Paws Inn, please give us a call at 1-704-822-1966.

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