Preparation for Boarding


Before arriving at Hickory Pet Inn, there are some things that you should do to ensure that your pet has a healthy and happy stay.

First Time Boarders

Start Young. Getting your pet used to boarding is like anything else. It is much easier to learn when they are young and adaptable. Plan Ahead. When you are first aware of your trip and if your pet has never boarded before: take them for a visit. Let them see, smell and get used to the environment and people. You are welcome to tour our facility 11am-2pm daily.

You should make reservations at least one week in advance, two weeks before a holiday. Hickory Pet Inn will make accommodations in case of an emergency. Be sure to tell the receptionist your expected date of return. If this changes while you are boarding your pet please call us and let us know.

There is some information that you will be asked to provide when you arrive at the kennel. You should bring, or have faxed over beforehand, vaccination records from your veterinarian. Please leave a phone number where you can be reached while your pet is staying with us or the name and number of an emergency contact person. Also, please bring any medications that your pet is taking, along with the name of the drug and the dosage as well as any special instructions for your companion’s care.


Dogs: Must have current Rabies (Certificate on file), DHPP, Canine Influenza and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccinations. Proof of vaccination from your veterinarian is required.

Cats: Must have current Rabies & FVRCP vaccinations within the last year.

Pets on special diets or who have sensitive stomachs should have their own food. We feed our dog boarders Hills Sensitive Stomach dry food. Our feline boarders are fed Iams dry and Friskies canned. If you feed something else please bring the food with you. A change in diet is one of the major causes of diarrhea in both dogs and cats.

By planning ahead and being prepared when you drop off your pet, your pet’s stay will be a much better experience for both pet and owner. Remember, write down any important information, and bring medicines and food along with any special instructions. Anything you tell us about your pet will enable us to make his/her stay healthy and happy.