BOARDING // SENIOR CITIZENS
SENIOR CITIZEN AND INFIRM PETS
Having been in business for over eight years, a lot of my clients are elders. Some are aging gracefully, merely slowing down like a clock that needs to be rewound. Some older dogs are not aging as gracefully and require a great deal of extra care to help them sustain their lives. In a grooming situation, we are pragmatic about your dog’s best interest - no more poodle feet, shorter haircuts or frequent appointments. Despite our best intent, we regretfully are forced to tell long-time clients that we can no longer safely groom their pet. It is never a decision that we make or take lightly.
It’s important for all owners of older dogs to realize that it is not possible for us to give your pet the same standard of care that we have rendered in the past. The principle that overrides every aspect of this business is ‘What’s best for the dog’ or ‘Dogs First.’ There are no compromises.
Overnight stays force us to be even more discerning. Unless we are confident that your older dog can do for themselves, we have no choice but to decline to offer our services. We draw the line with pets that are non-ambulatory. If your pet is not able to stand on their own, we are unable to give them the kind of time and attention that they deserve. Kennels, regardless of whether it is ours or someone else’s, should not be an option. If your pet is infirm, your best option is a house-sitter, relative or friend. The best solution however is to have your veterinarian, who is your help-mate in infirm dog care, share this sometimes daunting responsibility.
There are many maladies that can afflict your pet to render them unacceptable for Double Dog Dare Ya’s day care or boarding. Spinal injuries or any prolonged ailment may keep your pet from visiting our facility. To avoid any disappointment, please evaluate your pet’s ability to take care of itself before making an appointment or a reservation.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s acceptability due to health concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at (818) 846-2234 or to contact us with your questions.