What To Expect – Dogs Happen!

Our dog guests may have up to 12 hours or more of play per day! This can lead to a variety of predictable situations….

  1. Some dogs may be very tired when they go home, especially if they had a multiple day stay with us.  This decrease in energy will often last 12-48 hours.
  2. Pets who are not familiar with playing for several hours a day may develop minor pad abrasions while here with us at Dr Boyd’s.  A pad injury like this will frequently resolve on its own, without any medical attention.

However, if our handlers notice any sensitivity or discomfort with your dog’s foot pads while staying with us, one of our doctors will evaluate your pet free of charge to initiate care and determine the most appropriate course of action, such as, rest, medications, treatments or therapies.

  1. Pets may become sore after their long hours of play, especially if there’s an existing injury, osteoarthritis, or any other lameness (diagnosed or undiagnosed).  If you notice your pet is limping or sore after getting home, please notify our staff and bring him or her in for a veterinary exam.
  2. While staying with us, your dog may incur minor cuts and/or scrapes that could be located absolutely anywhere on his or her body.  If any injury is thought to require medical attention, one of our staff veterinarians will perform a complimentary physical exam to initiate therapy and set up a treatment plan.

Many pets will lose weight while away from home, particularly when they’re playing hard and having fun…..

  1. Many pets are less enthusiastic about eating their food when they’re not at home.  Consequently, some weight loss is likely to occur in these dogs.
  2. We are very diligent about monitoring and recording both the amount of food your pet eats, and any noticeable eating patterns that he or she may display. If your pet consistently does not want to eat or is losing weight, one of our staff veterinarians will be notified and make recommendations to encourage your pet to eat more.
  3.   Some dogs will have an excellent appetite while with us and will eat absolutely everything they normally do; and yet, they lose weight because their exercise and activity level is so dramatically increased.  If this situation is noted, it will be brought to the attention of our veterinary staff for further feeding recommendations.

If you bring your pet’s own food for us to feed, you may have some returned to you; or, we may actually run out of it before your pet’s stay is over.  If we run out, our veterinary staff will determine which food to feed from then on.

Here at Dr. Boyd’s Veterinary Resort, your pet’s comfort and safety are our number 1 priority. We separate the dogs in the yards based off size and temperament. When we see behavior in our yards that isn’t conducive for our dog packs or handlers, we will take immediate action to ensure the safety of all our dogs and staff in the yards. Should this happen, the dog(s) will need a “time out”, or rest from the stimulation they are receiving. This could last for a hour or last the day, it depends on the circumstances. Some dogs don’t play well with lots of other dogs. These dogs may do better with individual play time, that means playing one-on-one with our handlers may be a better fit for your dog. If this is noticed, we will put them in Play Time Cycle and they will get several play times per day, with either a small group of dogs, or one-on-one with a handler. We do our best to give all the dogs under our watch the best playcation they can get! Please know that we are very proud of our systems, these systems have been perfected over the last 15 years of experience, with the thousands of dogs we’ve taken care of in this environment. We pride ourselves on providing the safest environment possible for your dogs, while your away.

If you have any questions or concerns following your pet’s stay, please call us at 240-406-5496.

Open Daily 7am – 7pm