By Leslie Berg
Make Sure Your Pet has the Ultimate Boarding Experience
A stay at a boarding facility can be one of your pet’s favorite experiences in life. Quality facilities should offer an array of activities and services for your pet. Interlude Pet Resort & Spa, tucked away on four acres of wooded property in St. Leonard, Maryland does just that.
About Interlude Pet Resort & Spa
Interlude has been catering to pets and their people in the Southern Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area for over 12 years. The owners of Interlude have over 60 years combined experience in the pet care industry and they pass that experience on to their staff. Interlude believes that it is important to make your pet as comfortable as possible while in their care.
The owners of Interlude are active members of the trade organizations within the industry and they and their staff participate yearly in continuing education on animal health care, first aide, training, animal behavior, customer service, and other seminars given by leading experts in the field of animal care. You can be assured that the staff at Interlude are trained to recognize medical and behavioral issues.
At Interlude, guests enjoy environmentally controlled accommodations with fresh bedding and water daily. All dogs are let out morning, noon, and evening into their own individual yard. Feline accommodations offer cat cubbies and windows which look to the birdfeeders and the outdoor surroundings.
At Interlude you can sign your pet up for a walk in the woods, the Canine Social Club (group play), Pool Time, late night walks, puppy portraits, or a day at the Spa. You may choose from our menu offering dog friendly healthy Biscuits and Gravy, Poochsicles, or Busy Bones. There are activities and special menu items for our feline guests as well such as Laser and Feather Play or our very popular Cat-Nip/Cat Sip Hour. Accommodations include Standard, Condos, and Luxury Suites.
A good boarding facility should:
• Have a good reputation with the local veterinarians
• Have friendly and knowledgeable staff
• Require vaccines
• Keep daily records of how your pet is doing.
• Know how to get in touch with you while you are away and know your wishes should an emergency arise.
• Let you come by to take a tour anytime during business hours.
My dog is sleeping a lot since coming home from boarding, should I be concerned?
This is normal for the first day or two. There is a lot of activity throughout the day for your pet. Even though your dog sleeps at night, he is awake most of the day, instead of curled up at home while you are at work. As we all know, vacations and having fun can be exhausting.
I would like to get my dog groomed or bathed, can Interlude do that?
Yes, we have a full service grooming spa with a professional groomer with many years of experience in hair styling and clipping.
I see that you require the Bordetella (canine cough) vaccine for grooming, is this because you are a boarding facility?
No, the Bordetella vaccine should be required by any grooming, training or boarding facility. Because the virus is air borne, as the common cold is in people, dogs are susceptible to Bordetella if they go to a dog park, veterinary hospital, training class, dog show, grooming shop, boarding facility, or run the neighborhood. Although rare, dogs that never leave their own back yards have been known to get canine cough.
Who takes care of my pet on holidays when you are closed?
Only the office is closed. Rest assured that we are fully staffed here and working hard to take care of your four-legged loved one so you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
I’m hesitant to board my pet. What are the chances my pet will get sick?
The chances your pet will become ill are very small. A reputable facility will require all immunizations before accepting boarders. While illness can develop at any time during a pet’s life, illnesses associated with boarding are limited. The most common may be mild gastrointestinal upset from diet or water change. Excitement can cause mild stomach disorders as well. A good boarding facility will take steps to minimize upset stomachs.
For more information please visit www.interludepetresort.com or call the office at at 410.586.1843. We would be happy to send a brochure in the mail. You may come by and visit at anytime, we would love to show you around.
Relax and enjoy your vacation!
Leslie Berg grew up in Columbia, MD and has always had a passion for all living creatures, including exotic ones. Before buying Interlude, Leslie worked at one kennel for nearly ten years and spent four years working in the medical field with small animals. During that time, she attended the Veterinary Continuing Education Expo in 1997 and has been certified by the American Dental Association for Veterinary Technicians in dental procedures. When she left the veterinary field to become a kennel operator, she was the head surgery technician, pre- and post-operative nurse, and assistant hospital manager. Leslie enjoys wildlife & animal photography, many genres of music (especially Van Morrison), reading a good book & a lot of short visits to NYC.