A Home Away From Home
All pets require basic care, attention, love and protection every single day of the year. When you're going to be away from home or your animal is recovering from surgery, you want a boarding facility team you can trust to look after your beloved cat or dog.
Marcello Veterinary Hospital offers residents of Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan City, Raceland and Mathews, Lousiana complete general boarding services for all of our patients, pets with conditions that standard boarding centers may not be equipped to handle can be accommodated by our medical boarding services.
We maintain separate boarding areas for dogs and cats, ensuring that all animals will have a pleasant, safe and stress-free stay.
Your pet will be supervised by our expert veterinarians and nurses, who will administer medications and watch over them closely. Any required medications will be administered to your pet on the same schedule they are used to at home.
Boarding: A Typical Day
Our cozy kennels can accommodate most pets that are less than 90 pounds. Your canine companion will receive outside exercise two to three times a day in our fenced yard.
Our staff monitors the appetite and urination/bowel movements of each boarded pet, and our veterinarians will be alerted if any problems are noted. Patients who are boarding and require medications will receive their meds as prescribed.
Your dog will also have supervision throughout their entire stay with us – both during the outdoor time and while they rest. In the evening, dinner is served, and then we have one last outdoor break before bedtime.
Your cat will be fed according to your specifications and their requirements, to ensure their routine is the same as it is at home.
We provide daily one-on-one interaction with kitties (if they want it!) including play, snuggles, and pets. Litter boxes are checked, cleaned, and disinfected periodically throughout the day.
Additionally, we refresh linens and clean your kitty's room daily. Our cat boarding area is separated from the dog area to ensure your kitty feels relaxed and safe while they stay with us.
FAQs About Dog & Cat Boarding
We're serious animal lovers, and our whole team enjoys giving our boarders all the attention and care they deserve while they're staying with us.
Read our FAQs for answers to our most frequently asked questions about pet boarding at Marcello Veterinary Hospital.
If you have further questions about boarding, please feel free to contact us!
- What accommodations and amenities does your boarding facility offer?
We've got everything your pet needs for a fun, recuperative, and safe stay, including the following accommodations and amenities:
- Veterinarian available for examination should any medical need arise
- Comfortable climate and humidity-controlled facilities
- Kennels that can accommodate most pets that weight less than 90 pounds
- Comfy, cozy beds for each guest
- Clean towels, blankets, and bowls
- Individual space for each pet
- A separate boarding area for cats
- Outdoor play area / fenced yard
- Ample daily playtime with staff
- Special diet accommodations
- Freshen up bath available prior to pickup
- How should I prepare for my dog or cat's stay?
Step 1: Ensure that all of your pet's vaccines and parasite prevention are up to date
We want your pets to be happy and healthy while they are in our care, therefore all boarding guests are required to be current on their vaccines and free of all parasites.
Step 2: Contact us to get started
Call us to book, and discuss details about your pet and your boarding needs. A member of our team will be happy to coordinate your booking.
Please note that, due to the nature of our accommodations, we do not accept unaltered dogs. Pets must be up to date with all vaccinations and free of fleas and ticks to stay at our facility.
Step 3: Book a visit
If you would like to have peace of mind while you’re away by having your pet stay at our facility, please call Marcello Veterinary Hospital to plan a visit for your animal companion. Because the space in our boarding kennel is limited, we ask that you make reservations in advance, especially around the holidays and peak vacation times.
Step 4: Set your pet up for success
On the day you drop your pet off with us, there are a few steps you can take to help reduce any stress your pet may feel.
Spend some extra time with your pet beforehand, and make sure they get some vigorous exercise so that they are feeling calm. When you arrive at our facility, stay calm, cheerful, and confident during the separation.
- Is there a limit to the number of dogs and cats I can board at a time?
We have a large facility and are able to accommodate several animals at once, provided you give us sufficient notice.
Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to board family members (canine/canine or feline/feline) together.
- How much does pet boarding cost for dogs and cats?
Boarding fees vary based on the duration of the stay, the size of the pet, and special medical requirements. That said, our pricing is affordable and competitive, and we welcome you to contact us for a quote.
- What should I pack for my dog or cat?
Food: We provide food for pets staying with us. However, please feel free to bring enough of your pet's regular food to last the duration of the stay.
Medication: If your pet takes any medication, bring it along for our staff to administer.
Toys: If your pet has a special toy or two, bring them along.
- What do you feed animals that don't have their own food?
For pets that are not on a special diet, we can provide high-quality pet food that is appropriate for the size and breed of your pet. An additional fee may apply.
- What if my dog or cat needs to take medication?
Our vets will be glad to administer your pet's medications while they are with us.
- Can I get updates about my dog or cat during their stay?
Yes, feel free to call us during your pet's stay for updates. If there is a problem, we will contact you via the emergency contact information you provide.
- What time should I drop off and pick up my dog or cat?
Check in/pick up times for boarding are:
Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Reservations are recommended, especially for holidays and summer weekends. During these times, we recommend that you call 2-3 weeks in advance to increase the chance that a spot will be available.