Sections

Charge Times
Reservations
Feeding
Packing a Bag
In Case of Emergency
Destructive Pets
Thunderstorms & Scaredy-Cat Dogs
Pets with Special Needs
Vaccinations
Facilities
Cleanliness and Flea Contol
Tours and Appointments
Leisure and Playtime



General Information

Charge Times

Boarding charges start the day you drop off your pet regardless of what time you arrive. If you retrieve your pet by 12 noon there is not charge for that day. This is not true in the case of Sundays. We do not open until 4 p.m. on Sundays and you will be charged for that day. For example: drop one dog off on Friday and pick him up either on Sunday or Monday by noon and the rate will be $60.00.

Reservations

We do encourage you to make a reservation as early as possible. However, we understand that trips can be spontaneous and so we welcome last minute travelers. Thanksgiving and Christmas might be the only times when space is limited. Call ahead if you can. Due to high demand most holiday reservations require a 3 day minimum.

Feeding

Dogs

Purina, 2 sizes for big and small dogs. We keep a few other brands in stock as well as canned Pedigree. We only use the best brands in snacks. Some people prefer to bring their own food and treats for their dogs. We encourage you to do so to maintain their routine.

Cats

Meow Mix Dry is a favorite among felines. We also keep a supply of canned / pouch food on hand.

Packing a Bag

Some people like to bring things for their pets from home. These include beds, blankets, toys, chewies and treats. We'll be happy to use yours pet's stuff as long as it does not interfere with the doggie door. Beds with sides should be left at home unless they are of small size. We have mountains of bedding in all sizes and styles such as comforters, blankets, quilts, rugs, faux lambskin, etc. We ensure that every pet is comfortable. Some dogs prefer to drag their bedding outside or shred it to bits for entertainment's sake.

In Case of Emergency

Over the years Pooch Pad Country Kennel has had very few medical emergencies. Should a veterinarian's services be required, Pooch Pad Country Kennel will use a vet based on availability and location. Manvel Animal Clinic, Westside Veterinary and Pearland Animal Clinic West are closest to our facility. We will contact you if at all possible prior to or on the way to a clinic. We do our very best to ensure the safety of all pets at all times.

Destructive Pups

It rarely happens that a dog damages our kennel. If this should occur we only charge the cost of repair. For example, a chewed up doggie door costs $15.00 and a chewed chain link gate costs $35.00. Yes, some dogs are capable of going through chain link fencing, but this is a rarity. If such an incident should occur, we are always fair about the cost.

Thunderstorms & Scaredy-Cat Dogs

Many dogs are afraid of storms. We must be informed of your pet's condition. Some people, whose dogs have a real problem with storms, bring sedatives. We do keep a type of mild sedative on hand called Acepromazine, but WE NEVER ADMINISTER IT WITHOUT THE OWNER'S PERMISSION. This drug makes dogs groggy but it does not force them to sleep. Please do not forget to inform us of whether your dog needs extra care during a storm. If your dog is extremely old we would advise you to check with your vet before allowing us to use sedatives. We usually only administer sedatives under extreme conditions and all forms of calming techniques have been attempted. The new Thunder Jackets are getting good reviews.

Pets with Special Needs

We can't stop our pets from getting old but we can help them stay comfortable. At Pooch Pad Country Kennel we welcome SENIOR PETS and keep an extra eye on them. We have every type of bedding available from thick comforters on down to little donut beds for the small guys. MEDICINE has become a major part of our pets' lives. Bring your pet's medicines along. We keep cheese, peanut butter and Vienna sausage in the fridge to help the medicine go down. It seems that more cats receive insulin shots than dogs but we can accommodate both. Cost to administer meds will be $0.50 per dose.

Vaccinations

Required Shots


We must check a dog's most recent shot records for Rabies, Parvo / Distemper and Bordetella (kennel cough) shots. Shots should be given no later than 24 hours prior to arriving at Pooch Pad Country Kennel just in case of an allergy or other bad reaction to the vaccine.

If your pet is getting vaccinations right before they board with us please make sure they are getting the bordetella injection and not the nasal dose. Nasal dose Bordetella has to be given at least three days BEFORE boarding your pet with us.


When a dog reaches the age where it is more hazardous to give a shot than to pass on it, we make exceptions. A 14 year old dog doesn't need a Parvo shot anymore but your vet should make that call on an individual basis.
In that event, we ask that you sign a waiver.

Facilities

Dogs

Pooch Pad Country Kennel has indoor / outdoor runs as well as just outdoor. Indoor dogs are kept in indoor / outdoor runs. The inside portion is an air-conditioned / heated doghouse built on the inside of our office. Your dog goes out the doggie door (we give lessons) into an outdoor, covered run. They can go in and out any time. We have no noise ordinance regulations so they are NOT locked inside at night. But just like at home, everybody goes to bed so it is actually very quiet here at night. Runs are approximately 10 ft. long and vary from 3 to 5 ft. wide. Multiple dog families usually keep their dogs in one run. There's plenty of room and they are happiest with their pals. Outdoor dogs are kept in runs without climate control. All runs are covered so your pet won't get wet if it rains.

Cats

Cats are kept in built-in cages. Our largest consist of two little rooms
(2 X 3 each) with a little doggie door in between. Each side has a shelf to climb on. Food and water are kept on one side and a litter box on the other. We have 3 other styles of cat cages, however, cat lovers prefer this design.

Cleanliness & Flea Control

Ninety-nine percent of our customers' pets are on a preventative such as Frontline or Advantage. However, we do perform a regime of flea & tick prevention on a bi-weekly basis, especially in the warmer months. Yards, trees and runs are treated during our cleaning procedures. After a departure, the used run is sprayed with a mixture of bleach & water and rinsed out. This is followed with a spray of enzymes and finally a pet safe insect repellant. Each area is swept and dried prior to a new arrival.

Tours & Appointments

No appointment is necessary to come and check out our facility. During regular business hours your visit is welcomed and areas are open for inspection. We have no 'off limit' areas as some kennels insist on. What are they hiding? Come by and see what the dogs are all wagging their tails about. As our flyers always say:

"Check Out the Rest and Book at the Best".

Leisure and Playtime

We currently have 20 spacious play yards. Thay are kept clean and mowed. We never, ever mix animals or allow them to play with strangers. It's just too dangerous. One good chomp and it could be all over.

Our day begins with each dog being let out into a play yard, one run at a time. This first morning outing is fast and furious. Everyone is in a rush to get out and take care of things.

Then we begin again and let everyone have a decent amount of time in the play yard. There is a chair in every yard so we try to spend time playing or just being there with them. We let them out about 3 to 5 times per day. Major holidays are the only times that we can only let them out 3 times due to the large crowds. The amount of time spent in the yard is, for the most part, left up to the dog.

Most housedogs don't care to stay in the yard very long. They prefer to come into the courtyard area and go gate-to-gate to visit their neighbors. Since we don't let them play together, the gate-to-gate visit is the big highlight of their day around here.

We would rather clean the yard up than have to bleach, hose and dry out a run because of a mess. This is a very good incentive for us to allow your dog plenty of yard time. Everybody wins with more time out in the play yard.

Playtime is also up to your dog. Some dogs want to fetch a ball or a Frisbee, while others wish to be left alone to enjoy their sniff-a-thon. The chairs in our play yards come in handy for the big, spoiled babies who just want to get into a lap and snuggle.

We want your pet TO WANT TO COME BACK to Pooch Pad Country Kennel. So it's our great pleasure to try our best to make them as comfortable and happy as possible. We believe in letting a dog be a dog and scolding does not occur here. Their barking is just chitchat and jumping wildness is A-OK here.

Going to Pooch Pad Country Kennel is like going to Grandma's house - we let them do all the stuff they can't do at home and that's why it's so much fun for dogs to vacation with us
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