Medical Boarding for Pets
Safe & Reliable Care
We understand that the prospect of having to leave your pet, especially when your animal is recovering from a serious illness or surgical procedure, can be stressful.
Our team at Riverside Animal Hospital wants to provide you with as much peace of mind as possible. We offer comprehensive medical boarding services for cats and dogs who need medication or specialized care.
You can count on our experienced veterinarians to provide your pet with a safe, comfortable home away from home while they relax and recover.
Boarding: A Typical Day
Medical Boarding for Dogs
Dogs spend most of their time in private, climate-controlled kennels with soft, clean bedding.
Medication will be administered according to your stated specifications, to ensure their routine is as similar as possible to their time at home.
During their stay, each patient is continually monitored for any changes in medical conditions, as well as signs of anxiety, fear or stress. Our veterinarian will address any concerns.
Dogs will also get short walks courtesy of our staff, to enjoy fresh air and an opportunity to go to the bathroom.
Medical Boarding for Cats
We will take note of any specifications or requirements your cat might have in a discussion with you. Our aim is to provide a seamless transition from their routine at home to their stay with us.
During your cat's time with us, we will feed and administer medication as specified by you, so that their routine closely mimics their time at home.
Our staff interacts with the cats daily, providing play, snuggles, pets and enrichment activities. We check, clean and disinfect litter boxes periodically and throughout the day.
FAQs About Medical Boarding for Pets
We at Riverside Animal Hospital are serious animal lovers! Our team loves providing medical boarding services to recovering pets, and giving them all the love and attention that they need and deserve.
Read our FAQ for answers to common questions get about medical boarding for cats and dogs at our hospital.
If you have any further questions about medical boarding in the Riverside area, please contact us!
- What accommodations and amenities do you have?
We offer all the services your pet might need for a recuperative, safe, and enjoyable stay at our hospital, including the following amenities and services:
- Climate-controlled kennels
- Comfy, cozy beds for each guest
- Clean towels, blankets, and bowls
- Individual space for each pet
- Privacy/hideaway spaces
- A separate boarding area for cats
- Special diet accommodations
- 24/7 monitoring
Privacy hideaways or curtains give dogs the solitude they need as they recover, and they'll enjoy the accompanying music and enrichment.
Our cat boarding area is separate from the dogs, and each cat has special padding and blankets to relax on, along with calming music, privacy curtains, hiding spots and separate sleeping and litter box areas.
- Is my pet supervised during their stay?
Do not fret, your pet will be supervised by our professional team of veterinarians and support staff. During your pet's stay with us, they will consult with you on your pet's schedule, administer any required medicine and monitor them closely.
If necessary, we will contact you regarding any concerning changes in your pet's medical condition.
- How much does medical pet boarding cost?
Fees for medical boarding of dogs and cats vary by duration of stay, special medical requirements, and your pet's size. However, our pricing is both competitive and affordable. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a quote.
- When should I drop off and pick up my pet?
Pets should be dropped off and picked up during regular business hours (between 8 am to 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 8 am to noon on Wednesday and Saturday). We recommend reserving a spot in advance.
If you want the best chance for a spot, we advise that you contact us 2-3 weeks before the desired start date to ensure a spot will be available.
Please prepare to spend at least 10 minutes at our animal hospital during drop-off, as you will need to complete a boarding consent form for your pet's boarding session.
- What should I pack for my pet?
Food: We provide all pets staying with us with food. However, do not hesitate to bring enough of your pet's regular food to last the duration of their stay.
Medication: Please bring all medications in their original vials, clearly labeled with your pet's name, dosage and instructions included.
Please do NOT bring these items - we will provide sanitized: toys, bedding, blankets and food bowls.
- What is the process for administering medication?
During your pet's stay, a qualified vet technician will administer medication based on the dosage and schedule you specify during check-in.
- Can I get updates about my pet during their stay?
Yes, do not hesitate to contact us during your pet's stay for any updates. Rest assured, though, that if there is any problem, we will contact you promptly for information or updates about your pet's condition.
- How should I prepare for my pet's stay?
Every animal is special. To prepare for your pet's potential stay with us, we will take the following measures to make sure that we can provide for their unique needs.
Step 1: Contact us to get started
Call us to book a spot and go over any important details about our services and your pet's needs. A member of our team will be happy to organize the booking with you.
Please note that pets must be up to date with all vaccinations and parasite prevention medications. They must be free of fleas, ticks and parasites to stay at our facility. They also require a negative fecal test within the past 12 months.
Due to the nature of our accommodations, we also do not accept unaltered dogs. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact the office directly.
Step 2: Set your pet up for success
When you drop off your pet with our team, there are a few things you can do beforehand to help ease the transition for your furry companion.
Make sure you spend extra time with them before dropping them off and give them some hearty exercise. This will help ensure that they are calm when they arrive to us. When you bring them into our hospital, stay calm, confident, and upbeat during the separation.
- What do you feed animals that don't have their own food?
For pets that are not on a special diet, we provide Hills Sensitive Stomach pet food.