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ON VACATION? WHAT ABOUT YOUR PETS?

Posted by petemergencyclinic on November 10, 2014 at 2:45 PM



Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,

 

I was recently attended a beautiful family wedding and reception in Baton Rouge that required my wife and me to be away for 2 days. Because of this, I experienced a problem that many pet owners have when they are going out of town. That is, what to do with the pets?

 

In my house at the moment, Juliet and I have a number of cats, each of which is some type of rescue or other. My nephew, who was the recent groom, has a cat and a dog, each of which needed care while he and his new wife went on their honeymoon.

 

So I thought that discussing the options for pet care when you leave may be helpful....

 

In general, healthy pet options are Boarding or Pet Sitters.

 

There are professional pet sitters who will visit your house and care for your pets an agreed-upon number of times per day for a set fee. In some cases, especially with cats, it makes a lot of sense to have a person come to the pets so they need not have to be moved. The benefit is that the pet is in its own environment and maybe less stressed. The down side is that the pet is all alone for several hours per day and unsupervised. For cats and some smaller dogs, this could be a good approach to out-of-town care.

 

Another pet care option is boarding. You may select a veterinary clinic or a commercial boarding facility. The benefit of the veterinary clinic having a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) hand should any illness occur. A commercial facility that does boarding as their main business offers maybe more play time and possibly a more home-like environment. There are 3 such facilities in out area, all of which are good. If an illness occurs, these facilities are really good about seeking veterinary care when appropriate.

 

In my case, one of our ER staff members agreed to stay in our house for the 2 nights, and my pets did not have to be moved. In my nephew's case, his cat went to stay with his bride's parents, and his dog stayed with his, traveling by car to Lake Charles.

 

So, you see, logistics for a pet owner can be difficult. Still, they are very do-able if you just plan ahead. Minimizing stress for your pet when you go out of town helps minimize ER visits.

 

 

You CAN do something about pet illness.

 

That is all.

 

 

Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic

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