Pet owners never enjoy leaving their animals, but when time away is inevitable, animal boarding is a great option. Boarding your pet at an animal hospital or veterinary clinic offers more peace of mind than a traditional boarding service, kennel, or pet sitter, particularly if your pet has an existing medical condition. A qualified vet is best able to monitor a health issue, provide treatment, and respond to an emergency should it occur. When preparing your pet for boarding, consider these tips to ensure a comfortable stay for the animal and a worry-free trip for yourself.
Consider Your Pet’s Special Medical Needs:
It’s important to discuss any medications with the veterinarian before your pet’s visit. Medications should be provided to the animal hospital staff, along with instructions on when and how to administer them.
Pack an Appropriate Amount of Food:
Sudden changes in diet are sometimes harmful to animals. For this reason, plan on bringing your own pet food to the veterinary clinic in pre-measured, labeled bags.
Ensure Your Pet’s Vaccinations Are Current:
For the health and safety of all animals at the veterinary clinic, it’s important to be sure that all of your pet’s vaccinations are current. This includes rabies, as well as bordetella and DHLPP for dogs and FCRVP for cats. Check with the vet regarding any additional vaccines. Animals should also be free of ticks and fleas before arriving for their stay.
Take into Account Your Pet’s Personality:
Pets staying at an animal hospital should be house-trained and able to sleep through the night. Inform the vet of any preferences or personality issues. Feel free to provide toys to make your pet’s stay more enjoyable.
At the Gully Animal Hospital, we understand that your pet is a beloved part of the family. We’re animal lovers, too, and have dedicated ourselves to providing the highest quality of care in your absence. Call us today at (817) 756-6733 and speak to a member of our pet hospital staff to arrange a tour of our boarding facilities.