Many Texomans will be heading out of town for the holidays. But, what about those furry family members you'll be leaving behind?
If you choose to board the family pet, you'll want to make sure Fido is in good care.
To help, Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers breaks down the best way to find a trustworthy kennel.
For many of us our pets are part of the family and while we'd love to take them with us everywhere we go, sometimes that's just not possible.
So, it's important to find them a safe, reliable home-away-from-home while you're gone.
After looking around the area and narrowing down your search, the next step should be to personally visit the facility. That way, you can see for yourself the conditions your pet will be staying in.
"Make sure the cages are in good condition. Make sure runs are in good condition and the fences are clean and taken care of," Dr. Elisa Spears said.
"If your pet is prone to escaping check to make sure it is secure, and escape-proof facility," North Central Texas Better Business Bureau President Monica Horton said.
Make sure the kennel is properly licensed and ask about the feeding schedule, water accessibility and how often your pet will be able to exercise.
Another thing to look into is whether they will be around other animals.
"You don't want hem going outside with dogs they don't know. Even if they seem friendly, we see dog fights even just taking your dogs to relatives homes they can get in fights," Dr. Spears said.
Even if yours won't have direct contact with other pets, you still want to make sure all animals are up to date on immunizations and free of ticks and fleas.
Also, make sure you know what you're paying for.
"The most complaints we get is after the fact and consumers are billed for extra things they were not aware of. So, understand the fees and charges," Horton said.
Officials say it's also a good idea to leave all contact information for your vet in case of an emergency. Also, make sure the kennel has a working number for you while you're away, or that you designate someone locally to make decisions in your absence.