Summer is the time of year when many people take their vacations. Whether leaving your pet in someone else’s care at home or taking them along for the ride, there are things you need to think about and plan ahead for. In part two of this series, we’ll go over things to remember when leaving your pet behind. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Boarding:

Most boarding facilities require updated vaccines such as Rabies, Distemper Combo, and Kennel Cough. Inform the facility of which veterinarian you take your pets to so they know who to contact in an emergency. Let your veterinarian know if the boarding facility staff has permission to make decisions for your pet in an emergency. Check with your boarding facility for any additional requirements.

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Pet Sitter:

Inform your pet sitter of where to take your pet in case of emergency and leave contact information with them. Make sure your veterinarian knows who your pet sitter is and if they have permission to make medical decisions for your pet in times of emergency.

Emergencies:

Leave your contact information with both your pet sitter/boarding facility and your veterinarian so you can be reached during an emergency.

It may sound a little excessive, but having a health directive is a good idea if you will not be reachable on your vacation, especially if your pet is older or has a medical condition. Put in writing what your expectations are for treatment, your financial constraints, and possibly even a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order. Making your wishes clear and known ahead of time can make things much easier for you, your pet caretaker, and your veterinarian.

Prescriptions- Medications & Food:

Have enough medication on hand, or instruct your pet caretaker of where to get refills. Make sure your pet caretaker knows how to give medications properly and how often, and who to call if they have questions regarding medications. If your pet is on a special diet, make sure the pet caretaker knows the importance of keeping them strictly on that diet and where to buy more if they run out.

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Heartworm Preventives & Flea/Tick Topicals:

If your pet needs their heartworm preventives or flea & tick topicals given while you are away, make sure your pet caretaker knows when and how to give them properly.

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What if your pet should become lost while you’re on vacation:

Contact your primary veterinarian so they know where the pet will be staying and how to contact you. Make sure your personal information is up to date with your veterinarian. Have your pet’s identification (collars, tags, etc.) on it at all times. It’s a good idea to have your pet micro-chipped and to keep your information updated with the micro-chip company.

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Give us a call at 751-2753. Our staff would be happy to help you prepare for your upcoming vacation by answering your questions, addressing your concerns, or providing you with the information you need.