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By: Mel C.
Homestead Kennels
As a caring dog owner and animal lover, this is the ONLY place I'd bring my dog for grooming in the Lehigh Valley. I have a wonderful show dog and personally I wouldn't trust him to anywhere else in the Lehigh Valley. He's a mountain dog and loves playing in the mud...so the day before each AKC show I ALWAYS bring him for a morning of bathing, brushing, paws, nails, and grooming at Homestead. The results have been nothing short of amazing...and apparently the show judges think so too. In his first four weekends of showing, with Homestead doing the grooming, he is two-thirds of the way to his championship! If you know that feeling of seeing your "little girl" coming down the stairs all decked out and beautiful for her senior prom, you know how it feels when I pick up my mountain "mudhound" all beautifully groomed and ready to show. The owner and staff at homestead are lovely folks. They often give me lots of great tips and advice on grooming, showing, training and just about everything dog-related. Even better, they always treat my dog royally, with lots of attention and affection...so a trip to the groomers is a fun morning for him. When I bring him out of the my van from the Homestead parking lot, he almost drags me through the front door. I highly recommend Homestead Kennels!
Tips & Advices
Pets that do not get along with other animals may incur an additional fee. Some facilities have special solitary sleeping and play animals for these types of pets.
A checklist for what to bring to a pet kennel includes:
  • Vaccination records
  • A favorite toy or blanket
  • Food and feeding instructions (if the pet has dietary restrictions or is a picky eater)
  • Medication (if necessary, in its original bottle and with written instructions)
Some pet kennels have veterinarians as part of their daily staff, while others only have vets part time or on call.
Most kennels can provide basic care such as administering medications, but owners of pets with serious medical issues should choose a facility with a veterinarian on call.
Bordetella, commonly known as kennel cough, is highly contagious, and most dogs catch it at least once in their lifetimes. As such, all dogs should be vaccinated at least 7 days before boarding.

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