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Auntie Ruth's Animal Care and Wellness Center
12207 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55305


We’d all love to bring our pets with us everywhere we go, but unfortunately, this isn’t always an option. If you’re planning a trip in the near future -- and will be boarding your pet while you’re away -- scroll down for a helpful list of 10 things to do to prepare for boarding!

Listings in MN -- Please choose based on your vet recommendation or by doing your research.  We don't endorse any particular location, just provide this directory information as a convenience:

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  1. Do Your Homework – Interview and visit a few kennels in your area to determine which one will best suit the needs of your dog.
  2. Ask for Recommendations – Ask your friends and family to recommend a good dog kennel, or check to see if your local vet offers boarding services or has a particular kennel that they endorse.
  3. Learn the Kennel Requirements – Different facilities have different rules and requirements. For instance, some require that the pet owner supply all food for their pet.
  4. Check the Kennel Staff – Consistency is key to a comfortable stay while you’re away.  Check to make sure the same staff will be working with your pet during his or her stay. Make sure they seem competent and enjoy interacting with the dogs.
  5. Ask about the Schedule – How often are the dogs let out? Do they enjoy a good deal of play time? Will the kennel’s schedule jive with what your dog is used to?
  6. Feeding Instructions – It’s a good idea to provide the boarding facility with your pet’s regular food and treats, to avoid any potential gastrointestinal problems.
  7. Contact Information – Be sure to provide the kennel with appropriate contact information for you and your vet.  You may also want to include an emergency contact, just in case.
  8. Emergency Instructions – Let the kennel know what you’d like them to do in case of an emergency. For instance, if you’d like them to use your own vet for any necessary medical treatments instead of their own, inform them of such.
  9. Provide Medical History – Obtain a copy of your pet’s medical history from your vet including information about any allergies, medical conditions, or necessary medications, and provide a copy to the kennel.
  10. Special Instructions – Let the facility know if your pet has any unique needs, such as dietary restrictions or behavioral quirks. Provide a contact number where you can be reached should any questions arise.


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