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 bring a copy of the health records. 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 Hill’s Science Diet (Sensitive Skin & Stomach) according to their weight. Its main ingredients are chicken meal, brown rice, pork fat, and beet pulp.

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 and padded mats are provided for pets at additional cost.

Do not bring large/bulky bedding from home unless otherwise specified by our staff.

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

Items You Can Bring for Your Pet

We request that you bring a leash or cat carrier to leave with us. You may also bring a collar, 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 how to administer the medications.

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 may make decisions about your pet if we cannot reach you (i.e. time zone issues due to abroad clients).

Vacation Lag

Your pet may be a little tired upon returning home. 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.