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What to Know About Boarding Your Puppy

A puppy entering your life is cause for celebration! Whether expected (You picked him out at the shelter.) or unexpected (He followed you home!), having a little furry friend is a life-changing experience and requires some extra planning. What food does your puppy like? What vet will you take him to?

What happens when you go on vacation?

Boarding your dog is a great option when you’re planning a vacation, or when an emergency arises in your household. Puppies can be boarded too! But there are some things you should know first.

Can I Board My Puppy?

Yes, there’s nothing about puppies that means they can’t be boarded; unfortunately, some facilities prefer to board only adult dogs. This is because puppies require a specific amount of care, and not all boarders have the experience, space, or time for a young dog.

There are lots of facilities that do accept puppies, including Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital. They are likely to have boarding requirements, so brush up on those before bringing your puppy for a stay.


Most facilities require dogs to be at least 12 weeks old, or 4 months. You may also see 17 weeks as a requirement from some facilities.


Age requirements are primarily due to the vaccination schedule for young dogs. At 12 weeks, many pups receive their first adult shots and will receive another round at about 16 weeks.

Cinco Ranch Vet offers boarding for all dogs that are up-to-date on their vaccines.

While these requirements may put you in a bit of a pinch, it’s for the safety of your dog and other dogs with which he comes into contact. Because boarding facilities house many dogs in close quarters, illness can spread, especially if the pups play together. Younger dogs are also more prone to disease because of their age.

Call the boarding facility you have in mind to see if they allow puppy boarding. They may not state it on their website, so it’s best to double-check before scheduling!

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Plan Ahead

Whether you’re boarding a puppy, an adult dog, or a cat, planning is important. Kennels and facilities can fill up quickly, especially during the holidays or summer months, so snagging a spot for your fur baby as early as possible is essential. This also gives you plenty of time to call other places if your first choice is full.

We understand at Cinco Ranch Vet—and many other facilities do too—that emergencies happen! If you must board your puppy, explain the situation to your veterinarian or the boarding facility. They may be able to make last-minute adjustments for you, but it’s not guaranteed.

If something happens on your trip—your flight is delayed or your car breaks down—and you won’t make it home at the scheduled time, call the facility to make them aware and ensure your pup can get the care he needs in the meantime.

You May Want to Wait on That Vacation

Boarding your young puppy can be a stressful experience, both for you and your pup. The sudden change of scenery and people can be a bit frightening. If you can push your vacation back just a bit, especially if your dog is less than 17 weeks old, it may be the best option for everyone. You and your pup will have more time to grow together, get to know each other, and do some helpful training.

Boarding a puppy also requires special attention from boarding staff. During a busy season, that attention may not be possible for your dog. If you’re unsure, ask the boarding facility about special accommodations they have available and how much attention each dog receives in general.

How to Find a Boarding Facility

There are certain things you should look for when it comes to finding puppy boarding. Here are a few questions to ask caretakers and things to keep in mind:

  • Do you usually take care of puppies, or only adult dogs?
  • Where will my puppy be kept? Do you have special facilities for puppy boarding?
  • Do you walk the dogs? Outside? Do they have interaction with other dogs?
  • What type of food do they get? How often? Can I bring my puppy’s food instead?
  • Are there any beds or toys? Can I bring some from home?
  • What happens if my puppy gets sick?
  • Are there any specific requirements for my puppy to be boarded?
  • How safe is the facility? Is it clean?
  • Are your employees and caretakers certified?
  • How do you avoid fleas?
  • What documentation do you need from me?

These are just a few of the questions you may want to ask! The answers all depend on each specific boarding facility. Some will allow you to bring your own dog’s food and toys, while others request that you don’t. Toys and bedding, for example, can get torn or lost. If your dog follows a raw diet, the staff may not be equipped or have the time to allow for this.

You’ll also want to check out reviews and fees when it comes to your puppy’s boarding facility. Many places have this information on their websites, but others like you to call or e-mail to get more in-depth information. Taking a tour of a facility can also give you a great idea if it’s the right place for your pup!

Reducing Anxiety for You and Your Puppy

It can be stressful leaving your fur baby behind while you travel, especially a young dog. Puppies in particular can be prone to stress due to change, so it’s important to reduce the chances of anxiety. Asking the questions listed above to ensure your new boarding facility is equipped to handle your young pup is essential. If they’re not generally used to younger dogs, it could be more difficult for them and your dog to adapt.

Even asking questions may not entirely soothe your anxiety, especially if a worry pops into your mind as you drift off to sleep in your hotel room. Thankfully, many boarding facilities allow you to call and check on your puppy during office hours! Some even have webcam viewing, so you can see your puppy on your phone or computer whether it’s 9 PM or 2 AM. This is a perk you can take advantage of if you choose Luxury Boarding with us!

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Options If Your Puppy Is Too Young

If your dog is under 17 weeks old, he may be too young for puppy boarding, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. If you purchased your dog through a breeder, the breeder might be open to watching your new dog for a short period of time. Family members, trusted neighbors, and reputable pet sitters can also be a great asset, especially for shorter trips. Just ensure you leave enough information about your puppy for him to be well cared for.

Board Your Puppy with Cinco Ranch Vet!

We offer boarding for all dogs and cats that are up-to-date on their vaccines. Our staff is trained according to American Animal Hospital Association standards. When they stay with us, puppies younger than nine months receive:

  • 2 meals a day
  • 3 walks a day
  • A bath when they leave

Other package options include:

  • Special toys
  • Additional playtime
  • Treats
  • Blankets
  • A television

We also offer the opportunity to check on your pet anytime via webcam if you choose Luxury Boarding.

Need to board your pet for an upcoming vacation or a sudden emergency, give us a call! We provide a range of options when it comes to puppy boarding. Find more information here, or call us at 281-693-7387.

Pet Boarding Near Houston: Going Away for the Holidays? Make Sure Your Pet Has Fun Too!

Are you heading somewhere else for the holidays? If you’re not bringing your pet with you to Grandma’s house, the mountains, or the sunny Carribbean, they can still have a wonderful holiday without you! By choosing pet boarding in Houston, your furbabies can enjoy the best life has to offer: pampering, training, playtime, and more.

Leaving your pet behind can be stressful for you and your animal, so we’ve complied a list of pet boarding options in Houston that will give your pet a home away from home while you’re jet-setting.

Check out some of the places around town where you can board your cat or dog for the upcoming holidays and all year round!

Rover Oaks Pet Resort

Rover Oaks Pet Resort, located in both Houston and Katy, focuses on the luxuries of pet boarding.

Some great features include:

  • Luxury suites with TVs and comfortable beds
  • Extra playtime, treats, and walks
  • Obedience training

Dogs can look forward to professional grooming, outdoor grassy yards, and even private training. Whether in the bunkhouse or a luxury suite (perfect for seniors), your pup will be in a climate-controlled environment with group play available if you approve! Your pup may also enjoy gourmet treats, “tuck-in” for bedtime, and custom meals. If you are boarding more than one dog, choose to have them stay together!

Just as much luxury is available for cats. Kitty condos are private, climate-controlled, and can be connected for family cats. With gourmet food, an aquarium full of fish, catnip, treats, and story time, your cat is sure to have a great time.

Pampered Pet Inn

Another choice for pet boarding in Houston is the Pampered Pet Inn. They go the extra mile for your pet to ensure that they enjoy themselves while you’re having fun too.

Here are a few things your pets will love:

  • Climate-controlled interior
  • Clean, fresh bedding every evening
  • Full-service grooming from staff with 20+ years of experience
  • Regular housekeeping throughout the day

Spoiling your dog is one of the Pampered Pet Inn’s secrets. Throughout the day, they will head outside several times for potty breaks, walks, and plenty of playtime with the other pups as well as staff.

Just going away for one day? Daycare, full of fun activities like swimming and outings, is also available upon request.

Cats enjoy the private spaces and floor-to-ceiling condos. After relaxing in their area, your feline can head over to the window room for a bit of sleep in the sun with bird-watching and playtime also on the menu. 

Board with Us!

Not only are we a veterinary hospital, Cinco Ranch Vet offers pet boarding convenient to you.

What do we have?

  • Outdoor play yards
  • Natural lighting in climate-controlled rooms
  • High-quality pet food
  • Plenty of boarding options
  • Additional playtime
  • A location directly next to our hospital

For your dogs, Cinco Ranch offers plenty of luxury and fun. We are sure your pup will be thrilled to hear about the three walks they’ll get a day. And we’re sure you’ll be thrilled to hear about the bath they’ll receive on discharge day.

You can choose from deluxe, supreme, and luxury boarding options. Some of the choices include blankets, toys, extra playtime, and a daily brush. The luxury tier comes with a television, so your pet can watch some of their favorite programs. You won’t be left out: A webcam means you can check in on your pup to make sure they’re doing just fine.

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You can be sure your kitty will have a comfortable kitty condo or other accommodations in our boarding areas. Deluxe and supreme options also allow for things like blankets; treats; brushes; toys; and some fun, one-on-one playtime with a staff member.

Another bonus to boarding with us? The security and medical options available. Our boarding facilities are located right next to the hospital, so if something is wrong, you can be sure that a doctor’s exam, treatment, and medication are all taken care of on the spot. The building is also equipped with an alarm system, and evacuation protocol is in place if there is ever the need. It’s important to us that you and your pet enjoy your vacations stress- and worry-free.

Meadowlake Pet Resort

Another Houston pet boarding option is Meadowlake Pet Resort and Training Center. They have the accommodations to en sure every dog and cat has their needs met.

Features include:

  • Climate-controlled luxury suites
  • Plenty of activities, play fields, and even a pool
  • Nutritious, premium meals and treats
  • State-of-the-art security system

For dogs, Meadowlake will hit the spot with four glorious acres of green, patios, and special attention packages available for puppies as well as senior visitors. You can choose group play and/or private play with staff members for your pooch. Curious how your puppy did during their stay? Get emails with photos and even a report card at the end of their stay!

Cats are sure to love their suites at Meadowlake. They’re equipped with outdoor patios and even screened porches for their enjoyment. Housed separately from the dogs in Kitty Park, daily playtime, toys, and portholes will make sure your cat is never bored.

Want to make sure your pets have fun this holiday season even if you have to travel? Pet boarding in Houston has never been easier. Check out any of the places above, or visit our boarding page to find out more info on how you can give your furbabies the best holiday vacation they’ve ever had. You can also reach us at 281-693-7387 to check availability. Have a happy and safe holiday season!

Dog Boarding

Ask about our new Luxury Boarding Suites…your own TV and internet viewing…pampering that your pet deserves!

Basic boarding packages include having your dog walked twice a day and receiving one meal. A bath the day of discharge is recommended. Fees applicable per weight classes below:

  • Puppies under 9 mos. of age.
  • Dogs 0 – 30 lbs.
  • Dogs 31 – 60 lbs.
  • Dogs 61 lbs. and up.


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