PET LODGE AND SPA Q & A
The question that counts: what sets us apart from our competition?
How do I make a reservation?
How do I make a reservation?
Before we can make a reservation, we need to see that your dog is up to date on their Bordatella, Distemper & Rabies shots. For cats, we require the FVRCP & Rabies. We will ask you to provide us with a copy of your pet's shot records. The next step is to print a copy of our Pet Lodge & Spa Customer Agreement (the link is on our "About Us" page). Once you have filled it out, you can fax it to us at 1-352-224-1432 or drop it off in order to make your pet’s reservation. Vaccinations must be given by a licensed veterinarian. Also, all dogs are required to be receiving regular flea, tick and heart worm control treatments. Should your dog be staying with us at a time when this will need to be administered, be sure to bring it with you at check-in time.
How far in advance do I need to make reservations?
It depends on the time of year. For holidays, long weekends, spring break and summer vacation, we fill up fast so you will need to call us as far in advance as possible. During the rest of the year, we typically can accommodate those reservations made at least 10 days to 2 weeks in advance. We do realize that emergencies happen and we will do our best to accommodate your pet on short notice, providing that their vaccinations are in our system & up to date.
When can I check my pet in and check them out?
We are very accommodating when it comes to check in and check out. Check in for day care and boarding begins at 7:00AM daily, including weekends & holidays. Boarding check-in must be by 4:30PM. Check out can be at any time until 7:00PM, seven days a week for DAYCARE and 12pm for BOARDING.
What are the requirements for bringing my dog in for any services?
They must be up to date on all vaccinations, and they are required to be receiving regular flea, tick and heart worm control treatments. ALL MALES 1 YR+ MUST BE NEUTERED/FEMAILES 6 MONTHS OLD+ MUST BE SPAYED. Due to the layout of our facility, the dogs must be socialized in order to stay with us; we do not accept any aggressive dogs.
I’m boarding my pet for the first time. What should I expect?
We actually require your dog to come in for a free "meet and greet" visit (up to 2 hours). We will then evaluate your dog and make sure your pet is a good fit for Pet Lodge. Your pet will adjust quickly to our lodge and routines. Supervised play, regular potty breaks and lodge monitoring are all scheduled events that bring order and structure to our environment. You can do a lot to prepare your pet in the days prior to leaving them for boarding. We do highly recommend a couple of days, or even hours, of day care, just to build familiarity with their surroundings and the staff. All of our boarding guests mingle together with the day care guests, in the proper play area based on their size. When coming in for a simple few hours a day, your pet will quickly adjust to the play and fun of being with other dogs. By the time that you are ready to leave them overnight, it won't be as stressful on them.
What is your minimum age for boarding a pet?
Our primary concern is the welfare of our guests. For this concern, the minimum boarding age for dogs is 4 months. It is generally recommended that puppies get their first round of "adult" shots at 12 weeks (including rabies), and the second round at 16 weeks. Additionally, in any kennel environment, a young pup could possibly be exposed to air-borne viruses with an immune system that isn't fully developed to fight it off. Our recommendation is to board puppies at your veterinarian's office until they have reached our minimum age requirement, or make sure that your veterinarian approves of boarding your pet at Pet Lodge & Spa.
What is included in your boarding rate?
Your pet will have their own housing during their stay. During the day, they will be out of their housing and in supervised play with other dogs of similar size. During their entire stay, we will provide fresh water in all areas, a cot with snuggly blankets, meals & treats per your instructions and tons of attention. We also have non-slip flooring to keep your pet from having direct contact with cement. There will be a minimum of five potty breaks between 6:00AM and 10:00PM. There will always be at least one staff employee present overnight, so your pet will never be left alone and unattended.
Can I bring bedding and toys for my pet?
Yes, you are allowed to bring your own bedding and toys. We prefer that the bedding be washable so that we can send it home clean. Many owners include a piece of clothing, such as socks or pajamas, worn by you and carrying your smell. Many pups like to have the smell of their owner with them.
My dog is on a diet. Can I bring in my own food?
It is recommended that you bring your pet's food while staying with us. This will minimize digestive issues and will lessen the stress of their separation from you. If food is not provided, we will serve our high quality house food at the price of $1 per cup per feeding.
We have two dogs that have never been separated. Can they stay together?
Absolutely! We would not have it any other way. Depending on their size, we have several different options for them, from sharing a lodge to sharing a family room. We have various sized family lodges for multiple dogs, big and small! Any additional pet, in the same lodge, is charged at a discounted rate.
Is Pet Lodge and Spa air conditioned?
Our entire facility is air conditioned and has ceiling fans over the play areas. Our outdoor area is shaded for comfort during potty breaks. You will find the climate here will be just like your pet is used to at home.
Tell me about day care and what that entails?
In our facility, we have a nursery for those dogs under 10 pounds, two small dog play areas, two medium dog play areas and two large dog play areas. We also have some family accommodations for family groups. We do not leave our guests in their cabins or lodges except for meal time and overnight. During the day, they are in a common play area surrounded with toys, furniture, beds and balls. Day care and boarding guests mingle together. By the end of the day, they have simply played themselves out. You can watch your pup play on our Lodge Cams!
Is there a chance that my pet gets a scratch, injured or Dirty during their time at Daycare or Boarding?
Yes, It can happen. Is is a Playground for dogs! All clients are allowing their pets to play at their own risk and sometimes accidents happen while playing. We always try our best to avoid any scratches or minor injuries.