Boarding Guidelines

Guidelines to help you prepare for your pet’s overnight stay.

Plan Ahead

Call and make a reservation as soon you know your travel plans, particularly during Peak Holiday Seasons.


Make sure all immunizations are current and email us a copy of the health records in advance so we can confirm that you are all set. Check our Health Policies.

Personality Assessments

If you want your dog to participate in Group Play, please schedule a Group Play Evaluation in advance so we can assess the proper group for your best friend. Learn more about our Group Play Policies.

Don’t Feed Too Much Before You Leave

Don’t overfeed your pet right before leaving for vacation. This could cause an upset tummy. We will take care of the food!

Bring Us Their Supplies

The most common cause of canine diarrhea is an abrupt change of diet, so please bring your pet’s food. Prepackaging and labeling clearly helps us to best serve your pet’s daily needs. Dogs without their own food will be fed Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric formula foods according to their weight. The Purina Pro foods are easy to digest and are made with high-quality ingredients, including coconut oil or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) vegetable oil, antioxidants, and prebiotic fiber to promote digestive health.

For exotic pets, we require you to provide the food, proper lodging (cages and bedding), and specific directions for their care. Contact us for more details.

Please note: there will be additional cost if the pet parent does not bring enough of these supplies to last the entire stay.

Blankets & Cots

Premium fleecy blankets are provided for free for all canine and feline borders. They are laundered every day. Raised cots are provided for pets at additional cost. If you send bedding, it is possible that it will get soiled and then sent to our laundry. While we attempt to return all bedding in the same shape in which it was brought, we cannot completely guarantee this nor its return since it is possible that bedding might get lost in the laundry.

Do not bring large/bulky bedding, such as orthopedic bedding, from home unless there is a medical concern.

We will refuse bedding and toys that include Poly Fill (polyester fiberfill), which is dangerous to animals.

Items You Can Bring for Your Pet

All cats must be brought in a cat carrier that will be left with us during the stay. You may  bring toys (excluding those with Poly Fill, polyester fiberfill), and treats. All belongings should be marked with the pet’s name.


Bring medications in their original containers when you check in. Please call in advance to give us the details about the medications.

A Note to Boarding Pet Parents:

Please do not put medications in any of your pet’s food that you bring to BloomingPaws. This is because we cannot guarantee that your pet will eat all of their food, so we are unable to be responsible for them receiving that medication.

Baby Steps

Try to schedule a one or two night vacation for your pet’s first stay, rather than a whole week.

We Need Your Number

Bring an emergency contact phone number, or a contact who can make decisions about your pet if we cannot reach you (e.g., time zone issues due to abroad clients). If we cannot reach you and treatment is deemed necessary by our veterinarian, treatment will be started and you may be responsible for any associated costs.

Vacation Lag

Your pet will probably be a little tired upon returning home for up to 48 hours. This is normal. There is a great deal of excitement at BloomingPaws! If you have any questions about your pet’s behavior, please give us a call.