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Boarding for Pets

We offer overnight boarding for cats and dogs at our animal hospital from the Fitchburg area and across Central Massachusetts. Our caring vets and staff will take care of your pets like they are their own. This gives your furry friend a special home away from home while you are out of town. 

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A Home Away From Home

At Wachusett Animal Hospital we want to help put your mind at ease because we know it can be stressful to leave your pet alone, especially if they are sick or recovering from a surgery/procedure. 

We offer complete general pet boarding services for all of our patients. We also have medical boarding services for pets with conditions other boarding centers might not be able to accommodate.

In order to provide boarding, medical boarding or day care services to your pet, we require proof of the following:

  • Up to date rabies, DHPP and Bordetella shots
  • Negative fecal test result within the last 6 months
  • Have been spayed or neutered at least 6 months ago
  • Having passed our boarding evaluation

Boarding

Pet Boarding: A Typical Day

Dog Boarding

Every morning, the dogs venture outside for fresh air and a run before breakfast. While the pups are outside, we clean and disinfect the kennels before stocking them with fresh linens.

Based on their physical capacity and ability, we take all the dogs who stay with us on a scheduled walk. 

Your dog will also be supervised throughout their entire stay with us, during walks and while they rest. In the evenings we serve dinner and then we have one more walk outside before bedtime.

Cat Boarding

We will feed your cat based on your specifications and their requirements, to make sure their routine is the same as it is at home.

Everyday we give every kitty one-on-one interaction (if they want it!) including pets, play and snuggles. We also check, clean and disinfect litter boxes periodically throughout the day.

On top of that, we clean and provide refresh linens to your kitty's room daily. Our cat boarding area is separated from the dog area to make sure your kitty feels safe and relaxed while they stay with us.

Medical Boarding

Your cat or dog will always be supervised by our expert veterinarians and nurses, who will administer medications and closely watch over them. We will give them their required medications on the same schedule they are used to at home.

FAQs About Pet Boarding

We are serious animal lovers, and the whole team loves giving our boarders all the attention and care they deserve when they are staying with us.

Read our FAQs listed below to get answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding our pet boarding.

If you have any more questions about our boarding services contact us today!

  • What accommodations and amenities do you have?

    We have everything your pet requires for a fun, recuperative and safe stay, including these accommodations and amenities:

    • Daily walks
    • Outdoor play area
    • Individual space for each pet
    • Climate-controlled kennels
    • Comfy, cozy beds for each guest
    • Clean towels, blankets, and bowls
    • Separate boarding area for cats
    • Grooming
    • Ample daily playtime with staff
    • Special diet accommodations
    • 24/7 monitoring
  • Is there a discount on wellness plans while my pet is in day care?

    No, unfortunately we do not offer discounts on our wellness plan services while your pet is in day care with us.

  • Is there a limit to the number of pets I can board at a time?

    We have a large facility and are can accommodate several animals at once, if you give us sufficient notice.

    Based on the circumstances, we may be able to board family members (canine/canine or feline/feline) together.

  • How much does pet boarding cost?

    Our boarding fees will differ based on the duration of the stay, the size of the pet, and special medical requirements. However, our pricing is affordable and competitive, and we welcome you to contact us for a quote.

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  • What time should I drop off and pick up my pet?

    All pets have to be dropped off and picked up during the following hours:

    Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Sunday: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Pickup only)

    We recommend making reservations, especially for holidays and summer weekends. During these times, we suggest calling us 2-3 weeks in advance to increase the chance that a spot will be available.

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  • What should I pack for my pet?

    Food: We provide food for pets staying with us. However, you are welcome to bring enough of your pet's regular food to last the duration of the stay.

    Medication: If your pet is on any medication, bring it along for our staff to administer.

    Toys: If your pet has a special toy or two, bring them along.

  • What if my pet needs to take medication?

    We will be happy to administer your pet's medications while they are here.

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  • Can I get updates about my pet during their stay?

    Yes! We offer daily email updates and photos of your pet during their stay with us if you would like.

    If there is a problem, we will notify you using the emergency contact information you provide.

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  • How should I prepare for my pet's stay?

    Every animal is different. To prepare for your pet's stay with us, we will take the following steps to make sure we can meet their unique needs.

    Step 1: Contact us to get started

    Call us to book, and to share details about your pet and your boarding requirements. A member of our team will be happy to coordinate your booking.

    Pets must be up to date with all vaccinations and free of fleas and ticks to stay at our facility.

    Step 2: Book a boarding evaluation.

    We want you to be confident that we are a good fit for your pet before an extended stay. To this end, we ask that all clients book their pet an hour-long boarding evaluation conducted by our vets to ensure that your pet will be a good fit to stay with us.

    Step 3: Set your pet up for success

    On the day you leave your pet with us, there are several steps you can take to help lower any stress your pet may feel.

    Spend some extra time with your pet beforehand, and make sure they get some vigorous exercise so that they are feeling calm. When you arrive at our facility, stay calm, cheerful and confident during the separation.

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Wachusett Animal Hospital and Pet Retreat is accepting new patients! Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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