How Well Cared For is Your Pet?
All of us have seen them, as they rapidly multiply all over the place.
Not the animals as you might surmise, we’re talking about the pet care phenomenon which caters to them. It’s an exploding industry with vast differences in types, levels of care and facilities; some lavish right down to the gilt and rhinestone-encrusted beds, lofty comforters and erudite staff. And many have less ostentatious facilities, but their care far exceeds the rest‹like they say, "Looks can be deceiving."
As beautiful as the down bed and silver food trays may be, what lay behind the glitz and coiffed elegance is what truly matters. It may be pretty to look at, but if the handling of your beloved pet is less than perfect, all the trimmings in the world can’t fix that gap.
HERE’S A LITTLE ADVICE ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
First And Foremost, DO YOUR RESEARCH!
Ask your friends to recommend a favorite: There is nothing better than a great review from a happy consumer. As with most situations, the more information that you acquire the better, so check online resources. Look to your local animal shelters for advice, ask your veterinarian or local pet charities -- they will have the best recommendations. Visit each facility that you are considering: Is the location clean, is the smell level acceptable? Are the animals relaxed and content?
Isadora Davis from The Pet Lounge in San Diego mentioned a basic rule, "Pay attention to the noise level. Barking is normal in a pet care facility, but it shouldn’t be incessant." Incessant noise can be an indication that animals needs are not being met properly. Don’t stop at the front door when you visit: Ask to tour the entire facility, the common areas, grooming facilities, sleeping areas and outdoor play areas. And preferably when animals are present so you may see how they are interacting with each other and how the "handlers" are caring for them. The Facility’s owner should also be available for your inquiries; remember, they are the lifeblood of the organization.